Upstairs

UpstairsAddress: 89B Acre Lane, entrance on Branksome Road, SW2 5TN

Telephone: 020 7733 8855

http://www.upstairslondon.com/web/index.html

Finding and getting in to Upstairs is a feat in itself. Although the restaurant overlooks Acre Lane the door is in Branksome Road and even with these instructions it can be missed. There is a doorbell just round the corner of Acre Lane and a discreet notice. After ringing, the door mysteriously opens and you enter a two up two down house – although in fact it is three floors. The first floor is a bar area where you might stop for an aperitif next to the fire or continue “upstairs” to the main dining  room –  minute but not seemingly crowded.

Who would believe that such a secretive restaurant would be so good. Although the secret is out and we definitely can’t now appear without a booking. This is an Anglo-French restaurant with a good but blessedly short menu of fish, meat and vegetarian courses. All are wonderful and last time I couldn’t make up my mind so we had the tasting menu.  Never a bum note in the list. Lots of interest and changes not too drastic between courses. Wine is good and not expensive.

Everything on the menu changes by the season so there is always something of interest. This is not cheap eating establishment but is a place for celebration or a quiet dinner for two or four. Conversation is easy to make and the service good and not at all intrusive.

You definitely need to book as it is only open for dinner and not then on every night. You can book direct or through toptable.

2 thoughts on “Upstairs

  1. The entry is nondescript, which further heightens the mystery as you go up rather ordinary stairs to a remarkably homely looking dining space. The service is discrete and quick and the menu varied and short. So, you can focus on your experience – undistracted by too much light, novelty, noise, interruptions or taxing menus. The prix-fixe menus offer two, three or four courses and you end with an elaborate selection of spirits. A wee bit of Paris hidden away in Brixton. A thoroughly enjoyable experience heightened by its juxtaposition to a Lidl and few other weed hangouts.

    1. Philippe (the proprietor) makes you feel at home and serves superb food. Time and time again we go back on that special occasion..we’re not all bankers you know….

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