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Summary

£123
£££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

TV star chef Monica Galetti often “hits the heights” at the Fitzrovia basement she runs with her husband David – an “unfailingly delightful” place, sometimes tipped for “romance”, but mostly nominated by its large fanclub for its “exquisite cooking” (“superbly prepared fish” in particular) and “pampering” service. But ratings here are limited by a few more nuanced experiences: “I kept hoping some culinary magic would happen, but it never quite made it”.

Summary

£115
£££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Service from David, Monica and the team is always excellent”, say fans of their Fitzrovia basement where “everyone seems keen to make your visit a very memorable experience”. TV star Monica’s “top-quality cuisine strikes a great balance between classic and innovative” (“refined and packed with flavour but paradoxically, robust at the same time without being unsubtle”) and “the wine list is extremely well-curated and has a wide ambit, as you might expect from David as a former Gavroche Sommelier”. As with many top London restaurants this year, though, ratings dipped a fraction – the pressures of the times? – with more reports along the lines of “a very pleasant experience but slightly underwhelming”. But while the proportion of reporters saying they had their best meal of the year here has declined, more and more have taken it to their hearts as their “favourite” nomination.

Summary

£101
£££££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Monica and David have nailed it here” – their Fitzrovia basement “ticks every box for a truly special night out in London”, starting with “the personal greeting in the beautiful, ground level bar area” before descending into the “lovely”, “bright” yet “romantic” dining room. Monica’s cuisine is “a dream” with “hints of the exotic that subtly differentiate the menu”; and is further bolstered by some “superb and unusual wine pairings”, not to mention “fantastic service”. As ever, “it seems inexplicable that it hasn’t been awarded a Michelin star, as it is way above the quality of many others that have been”.

Summary

£87
 ££££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“You can tell the moment you walk through the door that the people who own it are involved and want to make their guests’ experience enjoyable” – that’s the vibe at Monica and David Galetti’s “peaceful and delightful” Fitzrovia three-year-old. “You have a relaxing drink at street level in the bar, and then it’s down a flight of steps to a chic room flooded in natural light from the street outside”. “The heart in the mind-blowing cooking shines through” – in particular the “wonderful, delicate, balanced tasting menu, packed with fresh seasonal ingredients”; and “it’s paired with an exceptional wine list”. “Staff are outstanding and the chef/patron visiting guests at their tables is a lovely touch”. “Must surely get its Michelin star soon?”

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74 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4QH

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Mere Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Mere Restaurant in W1T, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Mere restaurant.
John H
First time at Monica Galletti's restaurant ...
Reviewed 3 months, 4 days ago

"First time at Monica Galletti's restaurant and the food was excellent. We had the tasting menu which had six very good courses; however, compared to similar menus at Michelin star restaurants there were no additional 'amuse-bouche' or extra courses. This could become Michelin starred but they just need to improve a little if they want it."

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cyril c
Always good - they look after you - very di...
Reviewed 4 months, 12 days ago

"Always good - they look after you - very disappointed they are closing "

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David B
Excellent food, particularly fish, though t...
Reviewed 5 months, 13 days ago

"Excellent food, particularly fish, though the flavour combinations can be a bit off-key. Nicely designed basement setting, can be noisy. Attentive service."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £60.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 115.00 Always available 6
Menu2 105.00 Always available 6

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£27.00 £44.00 £16.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £39.00
Filter Coffee £4.95
Extras  
Service 10.00%
74 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4QH
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3:30 pm

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