Spread over two floors, this Fitzrovia-based restaurant is the brainchild of Monica Galetti who is featuring as a judge on the BBC's MasterChef The Professionals.
The restaurant itself serves traditional, simple dishes that have been delicately tweaked and modified to Galetti's liking. Nestled above the spacious basement restaurant is the bar, which serves light snacks and an array of delectable cocktails.
Monica's husband, David Galetti, is in charge of the Front of House at Mere, using his years of experience as an expert sommelier to create a wine selection along side his head Sommelier Sandra that perfectly balances with the seasonal dishes on offer.
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR MERE BAR IS OPEN ALL DAY FROM 12:00 UNTIL 23:45 MONDAY TO SATURDAY FOR DINERS AND NON-DINERS WHERE DELICIOUS COCKTAILS AND SNACKS ARE AVAILABLE.
Business Lunch: 2/3 courses £29/£35
From a set menu. For bookings of over 4, credit card details are required.
Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.
Valid For: 1 - 8 people
Starts: 1 August 2018
Ends: 18 March 2019
Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-13:45
See availability for 1,000 point tables
Mon - Sat 12:00PM - 1:45PM
We arrived at noon and were promptly seated. There was a delay in taking drinks orders - which eventually were taken at the same time as the food order.
There was a misunderstanding regarding the "smoked salmon" - I was expecting this to be cold, sliced smoked salmon, but it turned-out to be a warm salmon fillet that had been smoked - something I very-much dislike.
Anyway, it was changed without any problem - which was great. However, this could have been made clearer on the menu (we subsequently heard a waiter explaining the nature of the dish to another table, so clearly the "issue" had registered).
The main course duck was fantastic - as were the desserts.
There were 2 other issues of misunderstanding. Our request for a glass of champagne - all were "brut", so we asked for the least-dry. We were given the driest - but, again, this was changed once the issue was identified. Similarly, the dessert order was not correctly taken by the waiter - but, once more, immediately rectified.
Overall, the food were great and the problems very professionally dealt-with.
We were greeted warmly when we arrived early and decided to take a drink in the cocktail lounge-a really nice way to start the evening.
The service was lovely, the sommelier helpful and guided us thoughtfully (the wine list is well chosen, ranging from the reasonable to the pricey) and the food fab.
We weren’t rushed at any point and a highlight was Monica coming out of the kitchen to chat to the diners.
We had a fab evening and thought the bill very reasonable for the quality of the food, the staff and ambience. A return is definite.
My wife and I visited Mere last Saturday for a joint birthday meal. We were greeted and seated in the bar very quickly and had a very nice Aperitif. We were then taken to our table at the exact time of the booking. We both had the taster menu and wine flight which were both very good value for food and drink of this quality in central London. The only issue we had was that our courses were being served very quickly. Plate cleared and next course served within a minute. After the third course we simply asked for a few minutes between courses. Issue resolved. Other than that the only issue was with one of the dishes, a very small point as the scallop and the ragout were both perfectly cooked but didn't quite work seem to with each other (in our humble opinion) Otherwise a fantastic evening and Monica talking to many of the diners was a very nice touch.
food was faultless Very friendly welcoming staff. The only gripe was the stingy amount of wine with some of the courses in the taster menu
Four of us dined at Mere on a Saturday night. Warmly welcomed and shown to table in downstairs dining area. We ate from the ala carte menu. The brisket & heart dish was ok, nothing special, same can be said for the scallops. Pigeon for main was much better, perfectly pink, though the Brill was best main chosen on our table. Dessert of pear & coffee was sublime.
The food is good, not mind blowing, but the service by the front of house staff is excellent and a credit to Mere.
What a fabulous lunch to celebrate my birthday.
Lovely meal and excellent service.
It was a bonus having Monica there.
The staff were all very friendly and
The restaurant had a great atmosphere.
Excellent lunch, can't stop talking about how much my friend and I enjoyed all 3 courses. Service was first class, very attentive without intrusion. Certainly a great birthday treat and will certainly look forward to returning to this restaurant in near future.
Fantastic! Truly fabulous experience !
The atmosphere, the ambience, the decor !
And of course - food ! Beyond amazing ! Great wine choice; staff great - attentive but not over powering
Will be definitely coming back
Really excellent food with attentive service, the tasting menu is good value and a good amount of food. Sometimes tasting menus can be overwhealming and leave you feeling bloated at the end but this was fabulous.
Delicious food with lots of little unexpected touches. Melt in the mouth risotto. Popping Berry flavours in the creamy dessert. quiet calm atmosphere. Relaxed comfortable but smart and special
Very good service and food. Fantastic to make an impression for a business lunch without destroying the bank
Table of 4. We were all extremely impressed from the moment we walked in the front door until leaving. Absolutely no complaints about anything and would have no hesitation recommending.
Excellent business lunch - great service, food and wine. Highly recommended.
Excellent service, stellar dinner, stunning environment
I think monica's name sells this. the food was good but not outstanding. bland/unoffensive might be words one could use to describe the flavours here.
This is our 2nd visit to Mere, we were impressed both times by the food & staff, their is nothing to fault. It has a lovely atmosphere, not at all stuffy. It is also a nice gesture that Monica takes time out from her busy kitchen to have a little chat with everyone, a nice touch. Thankyou for a lovely evening.
Wonderful! We were surprised from start to finish. Highly recommend it.
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Best food we have had for a long time! 100% recommend
Smart interiors with a relaxed ambience.
Fantastic friendly service.
Straight Ten's from us. Just superb on every level.
A Birthday treet for my partner Lorraine. She is such a fan of Monica on Master Chef and was delighted when I booked for lunch on our weekend trip to London. We do not get the chance neither can we afford to frequent such high class establishments very often so this was to us a very special occasion and expectations were high. Well. What can I say? Everything and I mean everything was just excellent. We had the taster menu with wine flight and enjoyed very morsal and every sip. Then to cap it all Monica came out to say hello and happy Birthday to Lorraine. Thank you Monica and team
Really lovely time at Mere.
Great tasting menu and fabulous wine pairing. The sommelier was great.
The restaurant may just be a little too cramped and maybe slightly more space between tables would be good. However in all it’s a consistently great place that we’ve returned to and would return to again.
Or second visit to Mere in as many months.
It really is 5 * in every aspect. Food, service, drinks, ambience and decor. It really is one of the best overall restaurants we have been to. Highly recommended. Thank you to Monica and her team for an amazing evening. Adam makes a fab cocktail too
For such a star chef who judges on Master Chef, you would expect nothing less than perfection. The food was ok but the starter scallops were under seasoned. Venison tartare starter was a tiny portion for the £25 price tag. The caviar on top was delicate but flavour totally overpowered by the venison and radishes. The decor is underwhelming and service is slow - if you can’t top up wine for every table, leave the bottle with the customer. I can only be thankful that it wasn’t a special occasion. I’m sad to say I won’t be returning any time soon.
Mere was, yet again, a fabulous dining experience. Service was exceptional and the food was outstanding.
Booked Mere for my friend’s birthday and had a lovely time. The food was fantastic - we had the tasting menu and every course was unique and delicious. We enjoyed a couple of cocktails and some carafes of wine with our meal, and to top it off the service was impeccable. My friend was surprised at the end of the meal with a note from the Team wishing her a happy birthday. She (and I) had the most wonderful time - thank you to all at Mere!
Always great and wonderful.
One staff member was rude. I felt unwanted. She made me feel unwelcome. The rest were great.
We were in London for a couple of days and decided to try Mere for lunch. The welcoming was extremely nice with genuine smiles and professional indeed, service at the table, professional but a bit impersonal in my opinion, food was cooked really well, delicate and tasty, definitely my kind of cuisine, I regretted trying the lunch menu instead of going for the full tasting menu but unfortunately we had little time!
Great wine selection by the glass, I love the fact that they use the coravin, shame they do not do the wine service at the table though.
Thanks for a great lunch.
A flawless meal and wonderful experience. We booked Mere for a family celebration of a 'significant' birthday, we started with cocktails while everyone gathered, these were imaginative and creative and a great way to settle into the evening. We were shown into a private dining area which was perfect. bread and water are automatically provided and topped up. We decided on the tasting menu, each course was executed beautifully and expertly presented, flavoursome and well judged. the staff were friendly and attentive and the kitchen very flexible in making adjustments to the menu to suit us. We didn't have the matching wine flight but selected a lighter red and a white to complement the food.
An added bonus was chef patron Monica Galetti visiting our table to greet the birthday party and sending a card and a birthday inscribed plate of chocolates.
The food, ambience and service were all perfect. It was a beautiful evening and to top it off we got to meet Monika.
Our experience was excellent from beginning to end. We were greeted warmly at the door, and pampered all the way through. There were ample staff members waiting on us and the service was smooth. We had the tasting menu, the food was lovely all the way through, and we would love to go back for a 3-course meal at some point. It's theatre on a plate :)
Just the most incredible experience from our arrival to us actually meeting the goddess that is Monica!!!! Truly memorable xxx
Best meal all year, such a great place, and staff were brilliant
Where the bar and welcome area lacked a little in hospitality the dining experience excelled in attentiveness and personality. The food was generally of excellent standard. Personally I would prefer less of the purée components.
Thank you Mere.
Booked for a romantic birthday dinner based on TripAdvisor feedback and seeing Monica on TV. Well worth it, best tasting menu I've eaten so far, with excellent wine pairings and very friendly staff. Not somewhere I could afford to eat often but highly recommend for a special occasion.
Delicious. Loved everything we had. Definitely one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in London.
Great restaurant - wonderful food and service - will definitely visit again
Wonderful attentive unrushed service coupled with superb food and ambiance. First rate
We went to lunch on Thursday the food was superb as was the service. The whole experience was superb