Although this is a food blog, I quite often get the question of which bars to go to, so I thought I’d post a few favourites as and when I’ve been.
One favourite where I recently took my visiting friends from home, Daniel and Maria, is Bar Americain, part of Brasserie Zèdel by Piccadilly. Set in a lovely art deco bar it feels like you’re stepping back in time. Especially as the hostess greets you in a flapper dress and the bartenders and waiters wear bow ties. It’s just one of those comfortable not-quiet-but-not-too-loud bars that I like. It’s busy and buzzing but you can carry a conversation without shouting. And sit comfortably while you sip your cocktail.
Bar Américain, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED
It was actually in December that I paid Brasserie Zédel, one of the new restaurants from the team behind The Wolseley, a visit. By then it had been open for a few months and so popular you wouldn’t be able to get a table without a reservation. Much like their other two restaurants, The Delaunay (The Aldwych) and Colbert (Sloane Square) that opened around the same time.
A big expansion it seems, but it also seems to work. Especially Brasserie Zédel, at the heart of buzzing Piccadilly and the Chelsea-based Colbert the prices are kept low but the food is just as excellent as the brilliant service.
The French onion soup we both enjoyed as a starter was very nice and came in a generous bowl. As a maincouse my dining companion had fillet of bream with and olive and onion compote and lentils and I thoroughly enjoyed my rare onglet with red wine jus and chips.
I think The Wolseley will always have a special place in my heart having eaten there at several occadions, but Brasserie Zédel is close. The food is similar French dishes but at lower prices. The service is just as perfect as the original and the decor is of similar art deco style, but the ambiance is slightly different since it is in a basement.
All in all I see this as a more lighthearted and younger version of the original with the buzzing bar just next door. And it is about time Piccadilly Circus saw some glamour.
20 Sherwood Street
London W1F 7ED