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Brasserie Zédel - Parisian underbelly in Piccadilly

Welcome to London's Parisian underbelly.
Location: the heart of London, Piccadilly.

'Who goes to Piccadilly', you are asking.
Well tourists do and Londoners on Sunday nights.
And as you do find yourself under - yes directly under - Piccadilly, you can have it three ways: dinner at Brasserie Zédel, drinks at Bar Americaine, or live Cabaret at the Crazy Coqs!

It starts with going down the stairs, round and round. I couldn't help wonder if it'd be a crammed little space with a side-door to the tube. It certainly wasn't! I cannot think of how or why we had never been to this spectacular space, under the heart of London. 

Imposing marble-clad columns support this vast Art Deco space, I know it's supposed to be a Parisian bistro but it reminded me of New York. And it certainly pleased our cousins who were visiting from Greece. When I said we are going to a Parisian bistro, I don't think that's what they were expecting. 

As the lights were dimmed slightly, we wondered what was about to happen. 
Three cheery chaps walked in, humbly at first, approached one of the dinners' tables and broke out in song! How fun! They walked around the room, playing new and old songs, glossed over with Rat Pack tones.  

The menu includes all the classics. We started with lobster bisque and frog legs. It was all presented beautifully. I'll be honest, the bisque was a bit grainy, which we could have lived with, if we would have found little chunks of lobster at the bottom of the bowl. None I'm afraid, dommage, but here's a thought! 

On to mains. Moving to France's Alsace region. Choucroute Alsacienne - a sausage fest on a bed of sauerkraut. Pun absolutely intended. Moving on. There was a lot of meat on that plate; sausages, ham hock and charcuterie, alongside potatoes and smooth sauerkraut. 
It's brilliant value and you simply cannot finish it without getting the meat sweats. 
Just to clarify, I stopped before this happened, I'm a lady! 

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