Designed to replicate the glitz and glamour of Paris, Braserie Zedel delivers on its promises. Well, at least what I imagine Paris is like, as I’ve never been.
Created by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, who also own The Wolseley and popular media haunt The Delaunay, the Zedel looks like a small bar café from outside but the space houses a cavernous restaurant, bar and live music venue.
As you waltz through the café, you can see a visible change in the artwork. Follow the passage through until you reach a grand sweeping staircase which leads into a subterranean cavern under the road, into what feels like Paris itself and is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly.
The staircase leads through to a beautifully adorned foyer, marked by the hefty chandelier hanging from the ceiling.
Being early, we popped into the American Bar for a few drinks, just off the foyer (pictured above). I love Art Deco design and so thought that I’d found a new home but I simply wasn’t a big fan. I didn’t think that the drinks menu was amazing and the staff were too busy floating around the room…not really quite sure what they were doing! Also, you can’t transfer your tab from the bar to the restaurant which is…. just bizarre and a tad irritating.
The brassiere itself is stunning. My pictures really do not do it justice. It is almost as if it was preserved like a Parisian Pompeii.
The lighting helps when you’re trying to take in the table sized menu and it definitely took a second glance when we realize that you’re enjoying this opulence for such an affordable price. Starters begin at £2.25 and there is a price fixe menu available for £11.25.
The menu unsurprisingly is in French and an English equivalent can be requested from your waiter, as can a vegetarian one. This can’t be found on their website but luckily can be found below…
The main menu was so large that you could visit countless times and never eat the same thing twice.
For my starter, I went for the Soup of the Day (Mushroom). It was creamy and tasty but the French Onion soup as eaten by my fellow diners seemed to hit home in a much more soothing fashion.
For my main I went for the braised artichokes in a lemon sauce served with mash. As you can see below, the mash actually sits in the middle of the plate – which made it look at home in its lavish setting.
It’s actually been quite difficult to really vocalize how I feel about the Zedel but it’s definitely somewhere that I have a new fondness for. It’s not perfect, the glasses are obnoxiously small, and the bread is from the supermarket but it has a certain charm to make any occasion feel special, at a very affordable price. Between four of us, with a very nice Pinot Noir and cocktails, the bill came to just over £100.
I went in doubting French food and am now open to a trip across the Channel. The question is whether it will rekindle our love for items like beef bourguignon. Definitely worth a visit one evening. Cabaret available in a room off the main lobby, why not make an evening out of it?