Brasserie Zedel is one of those London ‘secrets’ that everyone sort of knows about. Which obviously doesn’t make it a secret really, yet is somehow feels like one when you discover it for the first time. There are a number of things that make Brasserie Zedel a pretty special find – firstly, it’s location feels a bit mysterious. It’s in Piccadilly – a little hub of all things big, bright and brash – yet feels sort of tucked away.
The street level of the Brasserie is fairly non-descript looking, a little like a Cafe Rouge or similar. But what makes it exciting is heading through the back and down the stairs, where it opens up into this grand space where you can find the Bar Americain, The Crazy Coqs and Brasserie Zedel. Basically, a dark and moody cocktail bar that’s like something I imagine 50’s New York to be like and a theatre where they have various live performances – and the main dining area of the Brasserie. This is the one I’m talking about today.
I’ve actually been to Brasserie Zedel a couple of times, and both times have opted for the same main – it’s really good. The food is the other thing that makes this place special – the menu is quite extensive, but SO reasonably priced. The combination of the grand space but really reasonable priced food is what makes it worth going. It looks and feels like somewhere really special but the prices won’t break the bank. A pretty unique combination in London!
This time around I was there with a group of around six of us and we all went whole hog and had three courses of food. One of the signature dishes for the Brasserie is the carrot salad starter – which sounds random, but apparently is really nice and not just like a pile of grated carrot as it looks… (I didn’t have it – I had a mushroom & cheese tarte thingy, was good but would go goats cheese salad next time…).
The main I went for – which I mentioned above is the one I’ve had every time. Is Steak Hache – which is basically a loosely put together hamburger. So somewhere in-between a steak and a burger – it’s served with peppercorn sauce and a side of fries. Basically my ideal meal.
I followed with a selection of sorbet – pretty much always my pudding of choice, if not a cheese board…as I love how it’s sweet and refreshing at the same time. Towards the end of the meal there was a live band that came on and started playing in the restaurant which was really great and again, another little touch that makes it unique.
If you’re looking for an idea of somewhere to go that looks and feels special but wont break the bank – then I totally recommend Brasserie Zedel for this. Really fun, feels like a little secret trip back through time and good food. What’s not to like.
For more info: www.brasseriezedel.com