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Summary

£47
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“What a setting!” This “improbably glamorous and huge” destination – “well-located” just seconds from Piccadilly Circus – occupies a “magnificent” Grade I listed basement, whose gorgeous Beaux Arts / Art Deco interiors date from the 1930s. That it is, for many reporters, “the nearest thing in the UK to an authentic Parisian brasserie (reminiscent of La Coupole in Montparnasse)” is entirely by design as that is just what Corbin & King were aiming for when they established it in 2012. The brasserie fare – “good, safe, formulaic and French” – doesn’t typically set the world on fire, but was rated more highly than ever this year and is “amazing value for money in the heart of London’s West End”, making the venue “a favourite go-to when in town”. “If you stick with the cheaper dishes and daily specials you will get as close to a bargain as you are likely to get in this area”. Try to squeeze in a cocktail in the super-atmospheric bar. Or make an evening of it: “the cabaret show is not to be missed”.

Summary

£45
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2
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3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You’ll be so dazzled by the place that you may be inclined to overlook the food” – Corbin & King’s “improbably glamorous” recreation of an “archetypal buzzing Parisian brasserie” is “so handy, being just by Piccadilly Circus tube” and provides “unmistakable value for such opulent and elegant surroundings in the very centre of London”. The “huge”, Grade I listed chamber is an “amazing Art Deco underground ballroom”; “a wonderfully blingy, brightly-lit space with gold everywhere”. The “straightforward” French brasserie fare (soupe à l’oignon, boeuf bourguignon, steak haché…) from a huge menu is mundane by comparison… in fact it’s pretty mundane full stop. But whereas the odd critic brands results as “terrible”, most reporters feel that “you’d have to be a miserable sod to complain about anything at these prices”“inevitably there are slips along the way and food can be inconsistent, but you get more bang for your buck here than at virtually any other London restaurant” (in particular “prix-fixe menus are astonishing value”). Top Tip – “there is also a beautiful Bar Americain”.

Summary

£45
   ££
2
Average
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You’ll be so dazzled by the place that you may be inclined to overlook the food” – Corbin & King’s “improbably glamorous” recreation of an “archetypal buzzing Parisian brasserie” is “so handy, being just by Piccadilly Circus tube” and provides “unmistakable value for such opulent and elegant surroundings in the very centre of London”. The “huge”, Grade I listed chamber is an “amazing Art Deco underground ballroom”; “a wonderfully blingy, brightly-lit space with gold everywhere”. The “straightforward” French brasserie fare (soupe à l’oignon, boeuf bourguignon, steak haché…) from a huge menu is mundane by comparison… in fact it’s pretty mundane full stop. But whereas the odd critic brands results as “terrible”, most reporters feel that “you’d have to be a miserable sod to complain about anything at these prices”“inevitably there are slips along the way and food can be inconsistent, but you get more bang for your buck here than at virtually any other London restaurant” (in particular “prix-fixe menus are astonishing value”). Top Tip – “there is also a beautiful Bar Americain”.

Summary

£41
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Worth a visit just to look at the main salon” – Corbin & King’s “improbably glamorous and huge”, Grade I-listed, Art Deco basement is “an extraordinary space that dazzles every newcomer”; and “so handy, being just by Piccadilly Circus tube”. “It was a great concept of C & K to try and re-create a proper Parisian brasserie, with menu to match”, and by and large they’ve succeeded. But even some of its greatest fans (of which there are bazillions) would admit that the trade-off is mightily “indifferent” traditional fare and service – which though improved this year – can still be “patchy”. Don’t be put off though: especially if you’re counting the pennies, its low, low prices make it a total “bargain” in the heart of the West End. Top Tips – the set menu is “limited” but “excellent value”. Also, “the amazing ’30s-style American Bar, and small nightclub called ‘The Crazy Coqs’!” (Final note for style anoraks: if you want to be pernickety, “while the basement is genuine Art Deco, the main dining room itself is actually more flamboyant neo-classical. Its only ‘real’ Art Deco elements are the splendid ceiling lights, added during the last refurbishment.”)

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Brasserie Zédel Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Brasserie Zédel Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Brasserie Zédel restaurant.
David B
Authentic brasserie menu in West End...
Reviewed 1 months, 7 days ago

"Authentic brasserie menu in West End"

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colin p
Art Deco meets Dr Who. An unbelievable ven...
Reviewed 2 months, 29 days ago

"Art Deco meets Dr Who. An unbelievable venue to meet friends. Fresh and open, although underground, it is truly cavernous but so very light. French to the core the food is delicious and really well presented. Often a small band on a side stage plays gently in the background. There’s a bar on the other side of the massive room where cocktails to suit are available. Prices are remarkably reasonable for environment and location. Hackneyed I know but steak frites followed by the floating island is so Parisian and authentic you’d be mad not to try it. Great venue; great vfm"

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Nick S
What is so outstanding the quality and acce...
Reviewed 3 months, 17 days ago

"What is so outstanding the quality and accessibility of this restaurant at such a location within a stone's throw of Piccadilly Circus, heart of tourist London, where restaurateurs can get away with high prices for services much inferior to this. A generous choice of different types of meal, and unhurried but very efficient service. We were stunned to be seated in a nearly full restaurant at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon in February! Even for Central London this must be exceptional. Attention to detail - our instructions for our fussy 6-year old granddaughter's meal were followed to the letter."

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Nick P
Epic scenery spoiled by the need to cram ev...
Reviewed 6 months,

"Epic scenery spoiled by the need to cram everyone in and get them out quickly. Safe, mediocre cooking from a menu that promised more. Good value though."

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Andrew D
It's open again, and operating at its usual...
Reviewed 8 months, 16 days ago

"It's open again, and operating at its usual very high standards. Wonderful andouillette. Better than you would get in France!"

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Alia B
Great room, fabulous service, unmemorable f...
Reviewed 9 months, 13 days ago

"Great room, fabulous service, unmemorable food - what’s not to like? Actually it has a lot to recommend it and they’re good with kids. Even if it feels like being in The Shining."

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David W
As grand a brasserie as one can find in Lon...
Reviewed 10 months, 13 days ago

"As grand a brasserie as one can find in London."

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Neel D
Nice dining room. Shame no windows...
Reviewed 10 months, 21 days ago

"Nice dining room. Shame no windows"

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £13.00 £17.25

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£8.40 £18.40 £3.25 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £27.25
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Bread £0.75
Service 10.00%
20 Sherwood St, London, W1F 7ED
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑10 pm

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