Upstairs restaurant in Brixton is a hidden gem. Its transformation from a derelict flat into an upmarket French restaurant is remarkable and all part of the charm. From the moment you press the buzzer on a discreet door on a street off Acre lane you know you’re in for something special. After a short climb up a thin staircase you come into the first of two floors of dining which is intimate and well finished with a real fire at one end. The setting is stunning and you feel like part of a secret dining club, luckily the food more than lives up to any expectations so it’s a winner all round.
I started with a peach and prosecco cocktail and olives, followed by an amuse-bouche on the house. The menu is seasonal and changes every two weeks, when I visited I enjoyed a starter of chickpea, cauliflower and manchego followed by seabass with fennel and boulabaisse. Both unique, delicious and well presented. I finished by meal with a coffee, almond and ginger desert, possibly the highlight of the meal! The menu isn’t overly descriptive, simply stating the main components of the dish. This adds an element of excitement as you are eager to see what the chef has created with each course, the staff are of course on hand if you’d rather know a bit more before ordering.
This is a fantastic South London restaurant and is really a different dining experience due to it’s quirky location. Perfect as a date or a special occasion venue I would highly recommend Upstairs in Brixton. It’s at the higher end of the price scale but well worth it. Go now!