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“What a find in Brixton”
Review of Upstairs Bar & Restaurant - CLOSED

Upstairs Bar & Restaurant
Price range: US$34 - US$47
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 29 February 2012

Booked after reading a review in Time Out. Bit difficult to find because it's doesn't really look like a restaurant. Bar on first floor with restaurant on 2nd floor so not great for people with mobility problems. Atmosphere lovely: Candle lit, fire in the hearth, jazz music, etc. Went on a Wednesday and it was almost full, mostly with couples. Only 3 choices of each course which may be a problem to some. Delicious amuse bouche of cucumber jelly with horseradish cream followed by rabbit ballontine and a squid/snapper with pickled cabbage for starters, lamb and a pollock for main, and chocolate mousse and a parsnip cake (very short and inadequate description). All the dishes were small, beautifully presented and packed with flavour. My husband and I like to try each others choices and the portions were a bit small to do this easily, but we were both comfortably full after 3 courses. Each dish was explained to us in detail. Not meaning to knock Brixton, but this is seriously good food in a very unexpected place. If you're a foodie, you'll love this place. Expensive, but worth it. The only complaint is that it's not where we live.

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Thank PhilandRuth
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

Love this place for nice meals. A simple menu of high quality and interesting food, served up in a beautiful and intimate setting. Great wine list and friendly service. There's a bar downstairs for a pre-prandial tipple.

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Thank YukiNoSaru
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

I have been to Upstairs a few times and love the food. We had friendly, attentive and helpful service tho the waiter did forget to bring olives and a glass of wine. The fish dish (brill) was especially good. Quite expensive - with wine you will pay £50 a head - but am looking forward to the next time I go.

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Thank ABPH59
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

As other reviews note, this compact restaurant is set in the first and second floors of a converted and tastefully decorated terrace house in an area (Brixton) not hitherto known for its fine cuisine. There was a nice atmosphere and staff were very attentive and charming. The food was good but with just three choices for starter, main and dessert it was quite limiting (Perhaps the menu is short because the kitchen is physically small). Portions were tiny by any standard. We did have to wait for our table (in fact we went to a local pub for a drink) and for the food but our coupes de champagne were offered to us on the house as compensation. Our bill came to £80 per head for three courses and two bottles each of wine and water (we were three people). Overall, an interesting and enjoyable experience and well worth trying - at least once.

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Thank Robin R
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

I have been here many, many times and have not been let down. Small menu that changes every month. Little gem hidden away in Brixton

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Thank annie00ps
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