This is the first solo restaurant venture from ex La Gavroche, long-time right hand woman of Michel Roux Jr. and ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ judge, Monica Galetti. Mere, French for mother, is Galetti’s mother’s name and is pronounced as ‘Mary’ in Samoan – where Galleti originally hails from.
Located in the heart of Fitzrovia on upper Charlotte Street, Mere is an excellent experience the second you push open the huge entrance door via the sculptured ‘M’ handle.
There’s an elegant bar at street level, sumptuously upholstered with peacock-blue velvet chairs that would be perfect for pre or post dinner cocktails or a destination in it’s own right. Modern and minimalistic design continues in the downstairs restaurant that looks stylish and contemporary for a fine dining experience but with a relaxed atmosphere. Double-height glass frontage does a good job of removing the feeling of eating in a basement! Service wasn’t just professional but warm and friendly.
But it’s the food that really shines. An amuse bouche of carrot foam surpassed all expectations to start the meal. To start, grilled octopus ‘a la plancha’ and marmite mushroom tortellini – the latter of which was outstanding – the marmite flavour was very delicate so it was just a wonderful savoury flavour. For mains, rhubarb glazed squab and streamed skrei cod with Jerusalem artichoke were perfectly cooked, looked exquisite and tasted utterly delicious. Unfortunately we didn’t experience desserts but they sounded amazing and we hope to return soon.
The letter ‘M’ is a recurrent theme and wooden ‘M’ key rings make a sophisticated change to the usual cloakroom tickets, showing just how much thought has gone in to every detail of Mere.