Mele E Pere

4.2
1582 reviews
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An Italian restaurant with a difference, Mele e Pere is brought to London’s Soho by Peter Hughes and Andrea Mantovani, previously of the acclaimed Wild Honey. From the moment you arrive in Mele e Pere you know you’re in for… something a little different – the basement interior is utterly unlike any Italian restaurant you’ve pulled up a seat in before, lit with anglepoise lamps and decorated with bold abstract artworks. The menu is made up of just a well-chosen handful of bold, confident dishes from throughout Italy; Venetian fish, Sicilian prawns, heartier offerings of red meats and tripe from Rome and the north. Desserts, equally typically Italian, are worth leaving a little room for, everything down to the handmade ice cream earning rave reviews from even the fussiest critics. Mele e Pere’s wine list includes around thirty bins at a range of prices.

Special Offers

3 courses & a glass of bubbles: £20

Offer applies to Set Menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 8 people

Starts: 21 January 2019

Ends: 30 September 2019

Availability: Daily 12:00-22:30

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l
London
19 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have been waiting for 99 minutes.... was no one else on restaurant we ask 3 time change Brocken glass and every time bring onother Brocken one in the end we drink in 2 from 1 glass food quality not fresch finocchiona have been clearly cut days before and no test on gnocchi and no test on other pasta just the tiramisu was good also they offer a glass of bubble with out inform wich one was .... and in complain they just take out the service charge

n
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and great value! I was very happy to find a good place in the West End, I'll come back

H
London
155 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mele e Pere is out first choice for pre-theatre dining in the West End. We've eaten here many times and it has never once disappointed. The food is consistently very good, the staff are consistently friendly and efficient, and the value on the set menus is quite unbelievable.

S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We went for a special £20 for 3 courses with bubbles offer. Food was authentic Italian and good quality. Fantastic value for money.

n
London
79 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We have always had an excellent meal at Mele E Pere - and really good value on the OpenTable deal. Once again the serving staff were friendly and efficient. Highly recommended.

L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fab. Great value and great food.

d
London
54 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pre theatre meal - quick service and good food but very limited choice on pre theatre menu esp if vegetarian. Meal felt unbalanced as no vegetables or salad offered.

KS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here as a family before a matinee theatre performance. We were made to feel welcome as soon as we arrived. The waiting staff were very friendly and helpful and is some of the best service that I have received. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will be visiting it again in the future.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a dinner for me and my best friend in this place that was amazing. Great staff, great atmosphere and very nice staff. I will return for sure.
I work in VIP Hospitality and I can say is pleasant to find this places with great staff. Well done!

B
London
43 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

A discrete watering hole in the heart of London. Happy hour vermouth and a predominantly Italian menu in the basement bistro.
Food is generally pasta based but made for the (expected) English palate - too bland. Chillies? What chillis?
Good value if you just want filling and stick to the fixed menu £20 for 3 courses!!

KS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant, I've had both lunch and dinner here and come away happy every time. Food is excellent and the portions are healthy so it feels like good value for money. Staff are also excellent.

t
London
17 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The £20 'bubbles' menu was great value and we enjoyed our food, although it was disappointing that a dessert I'd spotted on the menu when we booked was no longer on it. We were welcomed with a friendly smile but our first server was very slow and a bit off-hand; however the girl who took over from him towards the end of our meal was much pleasanter and seemed better organised. We will certainly come back but hope not to get that particular waiter again!

L
London
56 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Quite enjoyed our meal - had not known about this place but it's got a great downstairs - really nice atmosphere and is so central. Service was really good too and the starters were nice but the mains were pretty bland unfortunately.

SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, lovely food and good value. Great meal for 12 people with food timed to come out at the right time which is difficult with a large group

OT
Kent
20 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great t-bone steak!

I
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was poor. Food quite good but unexceptional.

AF
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and cocktails. Would recommend.

E
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great value, friendly service (if a little slow on a busy night). Food great - definitely better than you'd expect for the price.

OT
London
30 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Good hearty food - although the burrata should have been chilled and it was room temperature.

H
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it here. Would definitely go again with friends or on a date etc.

r
Buckinghamshire
23 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were going to the theatre which was close by and saw the pre theatre menu so decided on this restaurant. It was extreme good value and the quality of the food and service were amazing. We of course added extra items to our choices however at £30 pp this was amazing value

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

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c
Kent
107 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

we go twice a year and will keep coming for lunch. fixed menu such good value

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, attentive staff; relaxed but vibrant vibe; delicious food and cocktails - looking forward to coming back!

OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really nice food

c
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Chose this restaurant as I am a regular at the sister restaurant in Hackney Wick which I love and have introduced to many friends.
A little disappointed as service not as good as at Gotto.
At first we were told that the free fizz was not available on a Saturday. I had to show my toptable booking confirmation which was rather embarrassing and not a good start to the experience.
Food was up to the standard at Gotto. Particularly good Burrata and Tiramisu however, so may give it another try.

B
Buckinghamshire
40 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great little restaurant offering a tasty menu. Good service and friendly atmosphere

TX
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

The olives and bread are not included in the menu, and are therefore charged for extra 7 pounds. When the waitress proposed this, she didn’t explain that we would be charged for extra fees. As a frequent restaurant goer, it’s the 1st time we were charged for this. It made me feel like that we were fooled. It’s not big money, but please let us know. Very terrible experience.

MP
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Weirdly enough we had all the place for us - I suspect because it was an unusual sunny afternoon in London. We had a late lunch - went for the set menu with bubbles at £20. My burrata was excellent with fresh Maccheroncini in fresh tomato sauce to die for - with fiordilatte (ice cream) affogato to finish off. Awesome.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty and the staff were great, I would definitely recommend

l
London
40 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I’ve had the lunch menu before which is normally quite good value, this time it was less inspired. There was a nice soup with wild garlic leaves and walnuts. But a very limited choice of mains – I ended up with what was a fairly bland pasta in tomato sauce. The other option was also pasta with rosemary which didn’t sound quite right. The pasta was just a touch too hard for al dente and there wasn’t much flavour so a disappointing meal on this occasion.

BW
London
27 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special menu of three courses plus a glass of Prosecco for £20 is exceptional value and they do not compromise on the taste or portion size of the food

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the set lunch menu as it’s such good value, 3 courses plus a glass of bubbly £20!

The staff were really friendly and very accommodating. I was pregnant, they happily swapped ingredients on the menu to suit my needs.

Delicious food and very good portion sizes. It wasn’t hugely busy but still a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

Will be going back!

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Terrible food. Certainly would not recommend it to anyone. My wife's canelloni was taken off the bill as it was so bad, but they still expected us to pay the optional service charge. Got that removed from the bill too. I felt rough for two days after eating the beef ragu.

RD
London
19 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Walk down the mele e pere (it's Italian rhyming slang..) and you'll find a large and chic bar area with copious additional seating. Sadly, we were seated upstairs for our lunch date, presumably to make the place look a little busier for the benefit of any passing trade. We chose the £20 set menu (3 courses and a glass of something that might have been prosecco) and the food was, if anything, over-plentiful. The burrata starter with focaccia would have been a perfectly nice lunch on its own, but it was followed by a positive onslaught of pasta: two enormous cannelloni swamped by a lake of cheesy sauce, and a heap of dense, chewy tagliatelle slathered in a chunky beef ragu that might have been better employed inside a cottage pie. It was all a bit much, so we ended up swapping in two coffees instead of dessert, which they were more than happy to do. Service was mystifyingly slow, even though the place was far from busy. Our quick lunch ended up taking over an hour and a half, which made me a bit jumpy about getting back to work. Also, I'm sorry to say, we had an unpleasantly pongy waiter, whose overripe BO made us both gag on those rare occasions when he came to our table. Management could really enhance diners' experience by taking its waitstaff's personal hygiene in hand.

The decor downstars might make me want to make a return visit down the apples & pears for a drink at the bar, but the food was pretty standard trat fare, served at a leisurely pace in hamfistedly enormous portions. A great place to come if you have a huge appetite, plenty of time on your hands and a defective sense of smell.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

A disappointing experience as the food is extremely salty! Good waiting staff! Poor management interaction (actually zero) when dealing with customer complaints.

J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had the lunch time special 3 courses + glass of fizz for £20 + service , great VFM and very tasty .

JH
London
111 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent value pre theatre menu. Friendly service and nice cocktails.

H
London
155 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Another pre-theatre meal at Mele & Pere, this time before going to the Harold Pinter Theatre, a 5-10 minute walk away. Food and service were to their usual high standard, and the three course pre-theatre menu continues to be unbelievably good value. Highly recommended.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

We had 2 course lunch menu: beet salad was quite good although too salty. Both mains were bland and tasteless.

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