There’s something about France and everything French that makes us feel romantic, soft, mushy and madly in love. Add some soft and a historic location and some good food and you have a great evening to your hand; or at least that’s what we hoped for when we visited Zedel.
The restaurant is quite ordinary in terms of entrance but slip down some stairs and you will find a great and magnificent dining area and bar which used to be a train station back in the day. The lighting, the seating arrangement and the staff attitude all have this air of grandeur that seems very befitting to our romantic idea of a French dinner at a French brasserie.
We were promptly seated and provided with drinks and food menus. Our server was a very sweet lady who explained the lactose free options to my friends who’s lactose intolerant.
We ordered crab, onion soup, cold fish and the my love from French cuisine; Escargot For starters. For those with a faint heart Escargot is snails in Parsley butter (only the French had the talents to make this a delicacy). For main course we ordered venison and minced steak and relaxed back to enjoy our conversation.
First we got some soft warm bread with butter and soon after the starters arrived. The onion soup and crab were pretty average, the fish nice with some cold potato slices and sauce and the snails nice but with too much parsley, which made it slightly bitter.
We held our breaths for main course because I seriously hoped it would get better after the starters and disappointed were we?
The venison was quite delicious and perfectly medium rare and sauce complimented the texture of meat perfectly. The steak was another story however, not only it was dry it had this weird texture which made the sauce even more bland.
By this time we have had so many mixed signals that we decided to go get some frozen yogurt instead of Creme Brûlée (I can’t believe I am writing this, yogurt over Creme brûlée!!!)
All in all Zedel was a pretty average experience with some good and some really awkward food combinations. The whole idea of romance pretty much died after the starters arrived and we left disappointed.