Restaurant Review: Mere, Fitzrovia

Restaurant Review: Mere, Fitzrovia

Mere Restaurant

I had visited Monica and David Galettis restaurant Mere once before, but only at the stunning bar at the upper level of the restaurant, which is incredibly luxurious with dark wood, shades of blue and velvet seats. On my second visit, I once again started my evening at the bar trying delicious  and refreshing cocktails perfectly made by bartender and mixologist Adam, such as a Watermelon Twinkle, complete with gin soaked watermelon pieces, and so perfect for summer!

Mere Restaurant

I have fallen slightly in love with the bar area, and it is such a perfect spot for catching up with friends over some delicious cocktails! I know I will definitely be back as it is a lovely hidden gem in Fitzrovia!

After our drinks, we headed downstairs to the gorgeous contemporary restaurant area, and settled down at a lovely table. We had the discussion on what the story was behind the name of the restaurant, and it turns out Mere is the French word for mother and also Samoan for Mary, which happens to be Monica’s mum’s name, and it’s supposed to be pronounced “mary” not “mare”.

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We pondered what to have from the menu, whilst indulging in warm bread rolls, which i slathered with butter, and which was heavenly, and sipped on Greek White Wine, which made me happy having just returned from Santorini.

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You can either choose from the a la carte or do the tasting menu. We did the former and whilst we awaited our choices, we were treated to two different amuse bouches.

First was beef croquettes with gherkin gel, which was like an explosion of amazing flavours in my mouth!

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We also had a pea mousse on a seeded biscotti with the most incredible black garlic crumb! So flavoursome.

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My starters was a Tortelli Pasta with Chicken, Pine Nuts, Raisins, Spring Mushrooms and Crispy Chicken Crumbs. It was just amazing! All the various textures and flavours combined into a superb dish and I would order this again in a heart beat!

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The second popular choice on the table was the Scallops with Roasted Salsify, Almonds, Yellow Carrot, Ginger all garnished with a Kombu Dulse Sauce. This was one of the prettiest plates of the evening with so much vibrancy, so colourful and judging by how quickly it was devoured, was pretty delicious too.

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The one with brilliant presentation was the Broccoli, which was served like a pancake and underneath were its Stems & Tuilem, White Anchovies, Creamed Garlic & Celery and a good splash of N’Djua Oil.

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Mains was a seasonal choice for me, and I opted for Spring Vegetables, Salted Sable and Caramelised Onion with a Yoghurt & Wild Garlic Dressing. It resembled a pie, and it was absolutely fabulous, with such a wonderful variety of vegetables.

Mere Restaurant

The other dishes ordered by our table were a Cornish Cod with Black Curry, Pickled Celery, Hazelnut Dukka  and Lovage Sauce, as well as a Pan Fried Sea Bass with Piquillo Pepper, Aubergine Caviar  and a Fennel Salsa.

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We were so full but I swear there is a separate compartment in our stomaches for dessert, and besides I had my eyes on a certain dessert – a Chocolate & Malt Cremeux, Aerated Chocolate, Super Malt Gel, Caramel & Miso Ice Cream. OMG it was insanely good!

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The table also enjoyed a Strawberry Delice with  Yoghurt Mousse, Vanilla Compressed Strawberries, and a Sorrel Sorbet, as well as a Rhubarb Baked Alaska served with Rhubarb Ice Cream, Ginger Crumble and Orange Gel, both very in season dishes for the summer.

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The indulgence didn’t stop there and some petit fours arrived served in a coconut shell on a bed of cacao nibs, and they were delicious. Who can resist chocolate after all!

Mere Restaurant

The entire meal was exceptional and I loved every single course, and will definitely be back to try some of the other dishes on the menu. The service is excellent, the wine menu is seriously impressive, and it is a great restaurant for a fabulous evening in Fitzrovia.

Mere can be found on 74 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4Q. For more information, you can visit their website here.

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I was invited to review and my meal was complimentary but all photos and opinions are my own.
Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It’s my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible.

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2 Comments

  1. May 14, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    This sounds like a lovely experience. The food sounds too good. The dessert and broccoli are so nicely presented… mmmm!
    Will have to try and pay the bar a visit soon because I love a good cocktail.

  2. May 15, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    Fantastic presentation, such pretty plates!

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