Where to find affordable french cuisine in a relaxed yet grand setting to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Brasserie Zédel is your answer! Located around the corner from Piccadilly Circus station , you’ll be amazed to find this little gem. The restaurant itself is two floors down from street level. Whilst walking down the stairs, you’ll be transported from the hustle and bustle of the London streets to the romantic settings of Paris.
We’d booked ahead to secure a table, which is a must. Nearly every table was taken when we were there on a Monday night. A lot of work has gone into restoring the building to its former glory in the 1930s – and it’s paid off! The moment you walk in and seated down, you’re made to feel special. Staff are extremely friendly and will look after you.
There’s a set menu that you can opt for, but decided to go á la carte.
Country Terrine with Cornichons and Dijon Mustard (£6.50) – crispy buttery pastry with tightly packed, well seasoned meat. The pickle from the cornichons were a nice refreshing touch to cut the richness from the meat. Use the mustard sparingly though, its got quite a kick – don’t say we didn’t warn you! Traditionally a terrine is served cold, but we think this one was a bit too cold.
Chicken Liver Parfait (£6.25) – extremely smooth and well seasoned with the herbs and spices. Looks simple, but you know a lot of work went into this. It was paired with some sweet onion chutney, which is a combination you don’t often see. Thoroughly enjoyed this.
Pan fried Venison with stuffed cabbage (£16.50) – if you like your meat in a rich sauce, then this dish is for you. The first thing we could smell was the aroma from the generous drizzle of truffle oil. The venison itself was as game meat should be – tender with a bit of bite. The pomme dauphine was crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside – an excellent accompaniment to the venison. Not sure if the stuffed cabbage added much to this dish, but it was still enjoyable.
Smoked & fresh Haddock, Salmon, Mussels and Clams Choucroute (£15.75) – like a fish pie on a bed of sauerkraut. Sadly, the fish wasn’t as smoky as it could be. But the textures of the different types of seafood, paired with the sauerkraut was quite enjoyable. This was a take on the traditional, inexpensive dish – but for the price we were paying, we were expecting a bit more.
Floating Island (£3.95) – the softest and most fluffy poached meringue you could ever get! The crème anglaise (vanilla custard) was just sweet enough to compliment the meringue. The down side to this dish were the sugar crystals and the caramel – the crunch from these are too extreme a texture compared to the meringue and custard. The added nuts were nice tough.
Coffee Souffle served with Baileys (£4.75) – a souffle served cold like an ice-cream, which really surprised us! The Baileys comes in its own little pot that the waiter pours into the souffle for you when they serve it. The coffee was used generously in this and all the creamy textures added together made this dessert absolutely yummy!
So overall, we are giving Brasserie Zédel 3 stars. Our bill came to £71.00, which included a cocktail and service charge at 15%. Although some dishes were really good, others were average. Which was a little disappointing considering the grand setting that we were in. However, the meal was still enjoyable. We’d recommend this if you’re looking for a relaxed yet special place for a meal with friends and family.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 11.30-2400 Sun 11.30-23.00
Location: 20 Sherwood St, London Soho W1F 7ED