6/29/2012 01:20:00 PM

First Look: Brasserie Zedel

We've been eagerly awaiting the opening of Chris Corbin and Jeremy King's Brasserie Zedel for months - now that it's arrived, we stopped to check out the scene. Here's what to expect.

The Space
As reported, the David Collins-designed space is a replica of Parisian brasserie, but the understated entrance - through a small upstairs ZL Cafe - gives nothing away. Downstairs the space is vast and grander than you can imagine, and includes a restaurant with over 200 seats, a beautiful art deco bar (Bar Americain) with many of the original features and a cabaret room (The Crazy Coqs) that will transport you back in time. Signature touches also seen at The Wolsely and The Delaunay include a large clock as well as lots of marble, gold and mirrors.

The Food
Expect an authentic French brasserie experience minus any attitude from your waiter. The menu comes in French unless you ask for an English version and includes traditional favourites such as escargot, foie gras, steak tartare and choucroute, as well as profiteroles with hot chocolate sauce, tarte au citron or a cheese platter all prepared to perfection. The selection of French wines are available by the glass, carafe or bottle.

The Best Part
The word 'affordable' is thrown around lightly these days, but in this case they have actually put their money where your mouth is. A three-course set menu meal including a salad, duck or grilled salmon, ice cream, wine and coffee will set you back just £20. Ordering a la carte is also just as reasonable with desserts ranging from £2 to £4 and filet mignon with french fries for just £16. 

20 Sherwood St., W1F 7ED; 020 7734 4888

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