Amongst all the latest gems to hit the London dining scene recently, Mere (pronounced ‘Mary’) is definitely one to watch.
Owners are husband and wife duo David and Monica Galetti (judge on Masterchef UK), who bring a taste of their heritage to the table with elegant, yet accessible dishes that celebrate their heritage. Simply put, the dishes are a perfect marriage of French and South Pacific influences, and the results are more than exemplary.
Set across two levels, the ground floor is home to the bar and resembles a contemporary hotel lobby with its plush seating and cool, dark tones. Downstairs is the restaurant, which has been designed to allow plenty of natural light for daytime dining. During my visit just over a week ago, the main thing that struck me was how well-balanced the dishes were and how every element on the plate had a role. Though it might sound like a strange combination, one of the best dishes of the evening was the Wild Mushroom and Marmite Tortellini, with the slight tidge of marmite making the dish bursting with umami.
Towards the end of the meal, Monica also makes an effort to say hello to diners and though the meeting was brief, her passion and energy really resonates throughout the restaurant and the dishes itself. Given Mere has only been open for a couple of weeks, it will be exciting to see what’s next installed in the future.
Tortellini, Wild Mushroom, Marmite Butter
Steamed Skrei Cod, Jerusalem artichoke, Monk’s beard, Seaweed emulsion
Chocolate and Peanut – Cremeux, Peanut Praline, Roasted Cocoa Nib Ice Cream
74 Charlotte St
Table to Paper dined as a guest, first two images courtesy of Mere