Newly opened Brasserie Zédel specializes in French cuisine. Inside, this restaurant is a feast for the eyes. Design wise, it’s a combination of opulent 19th century cruise liner and traditional Parisian brasserie. Once The Regent Street Palace Hotel, Brasserie Zédel has been restored to its former opulence by architects Dixon Jones, known for their expertise in adapting historic buildings. Marble and gold gilding dominate the expanse of space (Zédel seats 220) and chic banquettes in maroon make for a comfortable and classy dining experience.
Despite the glamorous surroundings, dishes come very reasonably priced. Jeremy King and Chris Corbin of the Wolseley have expertly composed a menu of traditional French dishes with the aim of introducing fine dining to all. The soupe du jour is priced at £2.25 and the duck leg confit costs under £10. Try foie gras, paté, or a platter of fruits de mer; the menu is full of affordable French staples prepared to a high standard.
The fruits de mer platter, a delicious shell fish selection, comes beautifully presented on ice and seaweed. Following this, a main of deep fried whiting ‘goujonettes’ accompanied by fries and a leaf salad is an ideal lunchtime choice. The duck confit in a rich mustard sauce is tender and indulgent; a real hearty meal for the cooler days looming ahead.
The dessert selection includes a list of tempting patisseries, cheese boards and sorbets but the vanilla millefeuille is particularly appealing. Light and creamy with plenty of crunch provided by layers of crisp pastry, this is a dessert that’s too good to share.
Brasserie Zédel is a bustling haven in the heart of central London. Full of suited city types, keen shoppers and students, this restaurant can boast the service and quality of an exclusive Parisian brasserie, open for all to enjoy.