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Gold Award

Since opening in 2017, Mere has become a firm favourite with readers who are quick to praise its many virtues – “exceptional service”, “stunning food” and a “luxurious but relaxed” vibe. We’d expect nothing less, given that this is the first solo venue from MasterChef judge Monica Galetti and her husband David, both veterans of Le Gavroche (she was senior sous-chef, he was sommelier).

The feel-good factor kicks in the moment you walk through the door, with a warm greeting from staff who have a genuine passion for their work. Pause for drinks at the elegant bar, before descending to the restaurant below – a cosy, chic and beautifully designed space complete with a clever double-height glass frontage.

Born in Samoa and raised in New Zealand, Monica fuses South Pacific native influences with the finery of French haute cuisine to create accomplished, distinctive and thoroughly original dishes that will delight all your senses. She is also “charm personified” when she emerges from the kitchen.

Her ingredient-led menu is peppered with hits, including a textured melange of poached artichoke and artichoke crisps, artfully plated with pretty edible flowers and shot through with the earthy aroma of black truffle. Elsewhere, Cornish cod is strikingly coated in black curry and served alongside silky lovage sauce, with pickled celery and crunchy hazelnut dukkah adding bright contrast.

To conclude, there might be ‘Hokey Pokey’ (Manjari chocolate crémeux, salted toffee, honeycomb ice cream and L&P gel) or a seasonal idea combining the sweet fruitiness of strawberry curd with refreshing basil sorbet and creamy chunks of aerated matcha. Flavours sing and the results are further enhanced by clever and considered wine pairings from a list that will thrill oenophiles. Put simply, Mere is a triumph.  

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Glamorous, Lively, Quiet conversation
People
Special occasions

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Location for Mere

74 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4QH

020 7268 6565

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Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-2pm 6-10pm (B: 12N-12M)

Reviews of Mere

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7 Reviews 
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Mr. Alex G

A top experience
16 November 2017  
A recent trip to Mere impressed highly. The three members of our party, who dined there midweek, are all sceptics by nature and try as we did to identify shortcomings, we struggled. From beginning to end, the experience is about understated excellence with high attention to detail. Diners enter a relatively discrete building at the northern end of Charlotte Street, away from much of the hustle and bustle of the area. The restaurant proper (tables and waiters) is nowhere in sight. This is a very clever touch: one can relax in the bar – which works as a standalone destination – and then descend at one’s leisure to the dining area in the basement. Both rooms were decorated intelligently with clear thought given to how to light the basement, to make it intimate rather than dreary. Our food orders were taken upstairs in the bar, meaning that the only focus downstairs was on the food – another clever idea, which minimises disruption and avoids unnecessary long waits. We opted for a la carte, although a tasting menu is also available. Diners choose from around half a dozen starters and mains, with a strong emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Monica, the head chef, takes her influences not just from classic French cooking, but also the South Pacific. All three of us were delighted with our choices, both in terms of presentation and taste. My octopus starter, which was served with fennel and a caper condiment, was delicious, with the flavours marrying harmoniously together. Meanwhile, my venison main was cooked to perfection – medium-rare – and paired beautifully with red cabbage, celeriac and juniper. The wine list was a joy to choose from: a white Burgundy with the starter and a New Zealand Pinot Noir with the main, both available in carafe format. Overall, this is a place about which its owners and staff seem to feel passionate. Monica did the rounds of the table, engaging with all the guests – something which is a rare as it is welcome. The only caveat – the experience does not come cheap: starters average £15 and mains £30. Add in a drink before dinner, wine, coffee and service, and one is lucky to get away with less than £100/head. But it is worth it!
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Jules W

Good ambiance and great food
04 July 2017  
I have been to the restaurant twice since it opened. Once for dinner and once for lunch. Both times the food was excellent. It has a good relaxed ambiance and service is also good. Strong wine list.
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Coral C

My perfect birthday outing.
06 May 2017  
Mere had a wonderful atmosphere and warm welcoming staff as soon as we arrived. We had a drink in the relaxing bar area before being taken downstairs to our table. The lighting and decor were very attractive and we kept noticing different touches as we sat enjoying our meal. (Glasses engraved Mere, wood and wine bottles in decor etc). I had apricot juice in the bar which was delicious and a glass of rose champagne with my meal this was poured into the most elegant glass I have ever seen. Our meal was perfection - we had the luncheon menu, mine being adjusted for no cheese or chocolate which the helpful staff organised with no fuss. Each course was beautifully presented and tasted out of this world. Flavours blended and textures and shapes simply amazing. Finally I was given a little card on an easel saying happy birthday from Monica, David and the team at Mere and four little chocolates displayed in a coconut shell. The perfect end to a wonderful birthday outing. Thank you Monica, David and the team at Mere.
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Anon

Superb new place to dine
30 April 2017  
From lovely drinks in the bar to hot rich coffee after our meal, everything was superb.
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John B

Lunch at Mere
03 April 2017  
We all had the a la carte and were extremely impressed with the quality of the food and wine served. Service was hit and miss. Appreciate that at a mid to high end restaurant there would be an abundance of staff but the day we visited it was overkill. It felt like we walked into the middle of a training exercise, the small room was 80% full with customers but felt rammed due to too many staff.
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Julia W

We loved it.
19 March 2017  
We went with high expectations for lunch on Saturday and we were not disappointed. The food was great and the service friendly and helpful. Also very good value for money compared with other restaurants we have been to of a similar standard. We will definitely be visiting again!
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Diane K

Mere
09 March 2017  
Perfect
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