This feels like it might be an important turning-point. The most successful restaurant entepreneurs in London in the past thirty years, Jeremy King and Chris Corbin (Le Caprice, The Ivy, The Wolseley....) have - to my knowledge- never until now included a live music venue in their offering.
Their new restaurant is Brasserie Zédel and it opened just over a week ago. It's in (newly pedestrianized) Sherwood Street by Piccadilly Circus. The decor - it's a major refurb of the basement of the old Atlantic Bar and Grill - is just spectacular.
There's a good Yamaha piano in the music room, named The Crazy Coqs. There's a high ceiling, so the acoustics take a bit of getting used to, but are not problematic. I went tonight and heard cabaret singer Harold Sanditen who was at his best in a Posh-'n'-Becks era updating of Noel Coward's The Stately Homes of England, with the immaculate trio of Michael Roulston piano/arranger, Bob Sydor reeds/flute and Nick Kacal, bass. Harold is booked for 13th and 20th July.
To set the French mood there's a vast poster of Mistinguett on the stairs down. The night they book Gabrielle Ducomble, there will be something to celebrate - with one of these speciality cocktails: