409 – Shhh it’s a secret!


Don’t tell anyone but… there’s this great restaurant situated above the Clapham North, and it’s all hush hush.  If you weren’t looking for it it’s not immediately obvious and the candlelit diners you see if you glance up could be mistaken for an extension of the pub.  It’s a completely different vibe though and it’s worth booking ahead and finding that secret side door.

If you’ve already found Upstairs in Brixton then this will feed your craving for more of the same.  The food is excellent in both taste and presentation and the added touch of a complementary amuse bouche made a great start to the meal.  I started with scallops and pancetta, the juicy scallops were complimented well by the crispy pancetta. I also tried the duck egg ravioli, yolk still runny on a bed of cabbage with chilli and garlic, delicious.  For main I had the sea-bass, the skin was perfectly crispy and the champagne sauce worked well with the fish.  The spinach baked mussels which accompanied it were the only slight let down, but I think that’s just because I prefer my mussels lightly steamed. I went for a desert cocktail to finish; espresso martini is a favourite and always a great way to end a meal.

What added to the food was the friendly staff that didn’t rush your decisions and were on hand to keep the drinks flowing.  After dinner entertainment was provided in the form of a double bass and guitar jazz combo.  This post-dinner part of the evening is what 409 refer to as ‘The clubhouse’, a relaxed environment with good background music and a good selection of cocktails.  It’s surprising more people didn’t
 arrive as the evening went on.

Perhaps it’s time to break the secrecy and spread the word!



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