Brasserie Zedel


French | Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden

Messrs Corbin & King's subterranean palace is a truly egalitarian establishment. The original hotel here aimed to "to make the luxuries usually available to the very rich open to the less well-off". In its current incarnation this huge restaurant does the same - offering starters at pre-decimalisation prices as well as one of the best prix fixe deals in town. Just off Piccadilly Circus, swanning down the stairs here always feels special - don't leave without ordering the singular Îles flottantes.

Restaurant details

20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED
Nearest tube: 
Piccadilly Circus
Telephone number: 020 7734 4888

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Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10

Critics' score: 7.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on September 29, 2012
"Brasserie Zédel is big, sprauncy, cheap, accessible West End fun and deservedly packed to the rafters." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Andy Lynes Metro
Reviewed on September 05, 2012
"There’s nothing original or cutting edge about Brasserie Zédel but so what? It’ll be around long after many of the current crop of on-trend hole-in-the-walls have shut up shop." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Marina O'Loughlin Guardian Estimated score
Reviewed on August 31, 2012
"As you sweep down the staircase, it has the effect of making you feel like a tourist in your own city. But it also feels like an event, a big night out, even on a wet Monday with two kids in tow. And at under £30 a head, complete with pichets of picpoul, that's quite an achievement." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on August 19, 2012
"Brasserie Zédel feels like a gift to London, the sort of restaurant it needs and deserves... it takes real guts to open a restaurant like this, built around the notion of serious value. It deserves to succeed." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 5
Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on August 07, 2012
"The quality is solidly good, and the atmosphere swanky. Nevertheless, I feel that they're not giving themselves enough freedom. Even the slightest kink or experimentation would liven things up a bit." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 10
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on July 29, 2012
"I’ve eaten here three or four times now, and everything is well made and the portions are nicely judged — it never feels meagre." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 7.5
Tracey MacLeod Independent
Reviewed on July 21, 2012
"Unlike its sister venues, it isn't a place to see and be seen, but a place to eat and eat smugly, in surroundings that would make any occasion feel rather special." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Richard Vines Bloomberg
Reviewed on July 16, 2012
"While Zedel doesn’t serve the best food in London, it does offer some of the best value. It’s a place to eat and drink with friends." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on July 04, 2012
"...you will eat better here than in comparable establishments in Paris and there is much else to enjoy such as the details of the Art Deco design in posters, murals and carpet, drinking in the Bar Américain, the possibility of cabaret at The Crazy Coqs and a croissant in the ground floor ZL Café, which moodily gives away no inkling of the swish vibrancy below." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Richard & Peter Harden's Estimated score
Reviewed by June 26, 2012
"...we’re not sure that there’s a place in the market for a large establishment that’s too grand to be truly cheap, and too cheap to be truly grand." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 6
Tim Hayward FT Estimated score
Reviewed on June 29, 2012
"Zédel has hundreds of seats and prices are almost indecently reasonable. The food was really very good for what it was and the room a revelation." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on June 29, 2012
"The prices are barely more than you'd expect at a Café Rouge, and the menu is so nostalgically French you expect to find Charles Aznavour in the bar, weeping as Edith Piaf passes him the pastis." READ REVIEW

Critics' score: 8
Stephen Farmer View London
Reviewed on June 25, 2012
"The food might not be perfect but quibbles like that can be easily forgiven in such a sumptuous dining room - especially one that’s been rendered so accessible. A great, grand spot that deserves to do well." READ REVIEW