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SquareMeal Review of Mere

Gold Award

Matching her food to the setting, MasterChef Monica Galetti’s Fitzrovia HQ displays restrained elegance throughout. The unassuming frontage of a Charlotte Street terrace conceals a ground-floor bar that is a destination in its own right, though star billing goes to the basement dining room, cleverly opened up to daylight by a double-height window and furnished with cool blue upholstered seating, mirrored walls and gold-edged tables that somehow look subtle.

She might have a reputation on TV as ‘Scary Monica’ but Galetti is lovely in person (she comes out to greet diners when she’s in the kitchen) and her front-of-house team, marshalled by husband David, offer easy manners and helpful suggestions when needed – and they know David’s wine list inside out.

The menu, meanwhile, reads like a shopping list you wish you made weekly: lobster, white anchovies, softshell crab, black garlic and heritage tomatoes might all feature. Sweet roast scallops are seasoned with salty, crispy chicken skin, paired with cauliflower and the gentle warmth of curried mayonnaise.

Butter-poached lobster is another triumphant layering of flavours and textures, dressed with heritage carrots, a crispy claw and coconut shavings and perfectly complemented by a mild peanut dressing and rich lobster bisque. It is generously portioned to boot – a whole crustacean per person.

Elsewhere, wild Cornish cod was moist and perfectly cooked, while veal sweetbreads were glazed in an umami-rich sauce cut through by the freshness of peas. Veggies who feel underserved by only one option per course might be better off with the six-course vegetarian tasting menu. 

A killer line-up of puddings makes it hard to choose just one, but we’d recommend going for the lemon baked Alaska, delivered with a flourish of theatre. Vodka is warmed at the table before being set alight and poured over the meringue casing, toasting it as the alcohol burns off.

Make time to finish in the bar upstairs, with its rich petrol-coloured velvet seating and mixologists who give as much care to the drinks they serve as the kitchen does to the food it presents. There’s also a small menu of bar snacks that makes a comfortable start to any evening, whether dining at the restaurant or not.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Modern European
Ambience
Glamorous, Lively, Quiet conversation
Other Awards
SquareMeal Gold List
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions

Mere Menu Highlights

Starters
Chicken - £11.00

Chicken 


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Special offers from Mere

Business Lunch: 2/3 courses £29/£35

From: 27 March, 2019
To: 15 April, 2020
Max: 8
From a set menu. For bookings of over 4, credit card details are required.
Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00PM-1:45PM

Location for Mere

74 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 4QH

020 7268 6565

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:00
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:00
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 18:00-22:00
Tue 18:00-22:00
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 18:00-22:00
Sun Closed

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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