Adam Hyman

Adam Hyman’s Top 5 Brasseries in London

Adam Hyman, founder of CODE Hospitality, shares his top 5 brasseries in London.

Brasserie Zédel. Adam says, ‘This is one of my favourite restaurants in London. The entrance to Zédel, just by Piccadilly Circus, is unassuming and you could be forgiven for thinking it was a small café. However, once you descend the sweeping staircase it’s only then that you realise the scale of this Corbin & King brasserie. The reason for my love of Zédel is simple — the prix fixe two-course menu is £9.95 but you sit in beautiful, David Collins-inspired interiors, and, most importantly, you get the hospitality and service that Jeremy King and Chris Corbin (who own the Wolseley) are known for. And there’s live music every night.’

Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED


Balthazar. Adam says, ‘Restaurateur Keith McNally, in partnership with Richard Caring of Sexy Fish fame, opened Balthazar, his infamous New York brasserie, in Covent Garden a few years back. The room is close to being identical to the Spring Street restaurant in Manhattan’s Soho. The décor is classic French brasserie, and it’s open from breakfast right through to midnight. I’m a fan of the steak tartare with a side of fries and a glass of chunky red. If you’re in the mood, don’t miss out on trying legendary barman Brian Silva’s cocktails.’

Balthazar, 4–6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ

cafe monico

Café Monico. Adam says, ‘The Soho House empire is constantly growing globally, but their largest concentration of clubs and restaurants is still in London. Nick Jones opened Café Monico in between two theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, and despite its slightly touristy location, I regularly use this brasserie as a spot for a post-work drink or a last-minute place to grab dinner. The bar on the ground floor is an ideal spot for a martini or a glass of Lady A rosé, but if you want to dine, make sure you sit upstairs in the galleried dining room that looks down onto the bar. Like every good brasserie, Café Monico serves eggs throughout the day, and I’m partial to an eggs Benedict at any time.’

Café Monico, 39–45 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LA


Bellanger. Adam says, ‘Islington may not be the most obvious location to venture to for dinner, but Bellanger is worth hopping on the tube. This Corbin & King traditional French brasserie and grand café serves food inspired by classics from Alsace, with both French and German influences. I like to order a tarte flambée with a cold glass of Meteor beer, before ordering the coq au Riesling. Dog lovers should also take note — your canine partners are allowed in the restaurant. As long as they’re well-behaved of course.’

Bellanger, 9 Islington Green, N1 2XH


Holborn Dining Room. Adam says, ‘It’s not often I recommend people go to Holborn, but this area is starting to improve on the food and drink side of things. At the heart of it is the Rosewood Hotel, where you can find Holborn Dining Room. This brasserie is more focused towards British fare and the kitchen is headed up by the talented Calum Franklin. Beef wellingtons, Pithiviers, pâté en croute and good old-fashioned raised pies are all on Franklin’s hearty menu. Be sure to take a nose around the rest of the hotel — including the beautiful lobby, where you may get a glimpse of Pearl the dog.’

Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN