Located above modern (and pricey) Parisian bistro Belon, Upstairs is a cosy spot perfect for first dates or a relaxed post-dinner tipple.
Having been around for a grand total of 15 months, Belon has stood the test of time. That might not seem like long but compared to its ever-changing neighbours on Elgin Street that’s a fair old while. Now comfortably established, the owners have decided to turn the unutilised upstairs space into a cocktail bar. Its ski lodge-esque ambience and cosiness was welcoming, even on the balmy summer night we visited. The comfy seating helped make for an intimate spot as we settled in for a bevvy.
We begin with a La Pomme – pisco, calvados, lime juice, cardamom syrup and egg white garnished with a slice of green apple. It was a refreshingly tart and well-rounded take on a traditional pisco sour, like sipping on a boozy liquid version of a fresh Granny Smith apple. Next, the Georgia Julep is a mix of cognac, rich syrup and mint. Served in a handsome, iced metal cup, it was a fresh libation that was perilously easy to drink. We rounded off the night with a serving of freshly baked madeleines. The neat little sponge cakes were light and served deliciously warm, with a satisfying buttery flavour.