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|Address:||46 Brewer Street, London W1F 9TF|
|Tel:||020 3544 2394|
|Price: £41.00||Wine: £17.50||Champagne: £59.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10pm)|
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Updated review 11 December 2012.
I came here when it opened at the beginning of the year, and really enjoyed it. Then the reviews came out and the critics ranged from indifferent to foul; a week later there was one of those naff blackboards outside the venue advertising lunch deals, and I didn't imagine Mele e Pere would survive the year.
Well, 10 months later I finally got round to coming back and it's in rude health. The blackboard is gone, replaced by some elegant signage around the pillar by the door. The upstairs entrance now has bar seats and no longer feels like a lobby area. The decor still looks really good – I love the copper surfaces everywhere. Service was super-charming again from two smart young men – it's amazing to think how much service has improved in this country in the last decade. The place was busy and buzzing, including an A-list movie director two tables away.
I love the construction of the menu: you can make a patchwork quilt of a meal from nibbles, sharing plates, small pasta plates and big mains. We enjoyed the arancini with saffron risotto & gooey mozzarella, the culatello with gnocchi fritti, and the sweet and buttery pumpkin ravioli. Buffala mozzarella was a bit too firm but the garnish was great – fresh and cured anchovies, braised greens, fresh orange. Of the desserts, panettone bread & butter pudding was a highlight, and was a stimulus to a long conversation about the unwantedness of that particular baked item – my companion got a Christmas party invite last week saying ‘strictly no panettone!’
Above all Mele e Pere is a restaurant that is fun to eat in (the alcohol element of my bill is testament to that) which seems like a good reason for it to become a firm Soho favourite.
Previous review Feb 2012
Loved it. Quirky ground floor entrance leading to subterranean room. Reclaimed anglepoise lamps stud the sloping walls. Irregular furniture: some tables are copper-clad, others are ceramic – very nicely done. Menu mixes starters, pasta courses and mains; possibly a tiny bit limited but lots of lovely options. For nibbles we started with some breaded stuffed spicy olives which were fab. Food-wise I had vegetable raviolini with basil pesto, which was exquisite, followed by artichoke risotto, very well executed. Unusual cocktail list. Fair pricing on both food and wine. Charming service from the maitre d'.