When I visited: Several times from 2015-2017
Location: London, near Piccadilly Circus
Rating in the Michelin Guide: Recommended (and Bib Gourmand)
What to wear: Men – jeans or nice trousers and a shirt; women – jeans and a smart top or a smart dress
Ambience: French, high-ceilinged, open
Course of the meal: Beetroot and goat’s cheese salad
If I could change one thing: More menu options
I have a confession; I sort of prefer the Bar Américain at Zédel (see my Drinking Owl post) to the Brasserie. This is not because I prefer drinking to eating, or because I have something really serious against the Brasserie, which I have been to a few times for food – but while the Bar is cool, feels different to most London bars and serves amazingly alcoholic martinis, the Brasserie in my experience has always served OK but not amazing food and doesn’t have enough desirable menu options for my liking. I do really like the whole set-up of Zédel though, with its café upstairs, Bar downstairs with live music played regularly and the big high-ceilinged Brasserie in a separate room, with a plethora of French art on the walls in the corridors and posh toilets with marble counters inside.
On one pre-theatre visit, I had the beetroot and goat’s cheese salad. It was nice but the ratios were off – there was waaaay too much cheese and not enough beetroot. Also, there was a weird moment when some of the people I was with wanted a pretty standard type of coffee after dinner and they said they didn’t serve it, even though those people had had it at Zédel before and there is a café upstairs at Zédel (surely they could just bring the coffee down?!). However, on a more recent pre-theatre visit (in the evening) the service and atmosphere great and everyone enjoyed their food and drink.
I would still go back to Brasserie Zédel for a casual meal and its location is perfect for post-theatre eating and drinking.