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|Address:||84 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6LY|
|Price: £35.00||Wine: £18.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -4pm) Tues-Sat 6-10.30pm|
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To get to Upstairs at the Ten Bells you have to battle through the Friday night drinking crowd, which is like an urban version of Wipeout, but once you've conquered that, it's just going to a restaurant above a pub really. There's no “no entry” sign I can see, the “secret” doorway is wide open, there's a chalkboard outside advertising Upstairs, and there's a crowd of people sticking in their heads in on the way to the toilets to see if there's any room at the inn. The secret, pop up vibe has well and truly popped. It may not be a secret any more, but the atmosphere is still secretive, cosy and relaxed and you could easily ensconce yourself in here for a long night. It's evidently still popular as it fills up quickly and you only get 2hrs 15mins before you'll be booted out. Turning tables might annoy me normally but we had booked an early sitting deliberately so people could eat up and get out of town early. The menu is short but sweet with a couple of meats, a couple of fish dishes, maybe a sop to the veggies, and no sides. So choosing is a quick and easy affair and we all 3 opted for the beef. When it came it had more of a stew type consistency; not what I was expecting but delicious as the meat was tender, flavoursome, fell apart on the fork and melted in the mouth. No steak knives and sawing necessary. A couple of onion rings on top added interest and a smoothly creamy swede mash soaked up the meat juices. Following a long discussion with the waiter regarding zabaione (custard or cream?) my friend agreed to try it in her dessert and scoffed the lot. I can't remember what I had but I think the verdict was thumbs up all round. We had a glass of fizz and a decent bottle of red between us and the night raced by. By the time we got the bill (a reasonable £40 a head excl service) we were discussing breeds of dogs beginning with the letter E with the waiter. It's a good job they do turn the tables as it really was time to go.