Husband and wife team to open Mere

The reservation line is now open for booking at Mere, the first restaurant from husband and wife team, Monica and David Galetti in partnership with WSH.

Located in London’s Fitzrovia, Mere – pronounced Mary – is the lifelong dream of the Galettis and is due to open on March 6.

Menus will focus on select favourites and feature a choice of six dishes in each course that will change with market availability. For example, starters such as Scallop, Black Curry, Basmati, Lime, Kumquat and Puffed Rice followed by mains of Squab, Roast Breast, Confit Leg Pastilla, Cauliflower, Rhubarb and Ras el Hanout, finishing with desserts such as Citrus and Yogurt, Blood Orange Mousse, Yogurt Sorbet, Lemon Confit and Sparkling Grapefruit. Joining Monica in the kitchen will be long-term colleague and head chef Renée Miller.

“Most chefs aspire to open their own restaurant and for me to have David by my side, is a dream come true,” Monica said. “My passion for great seasonal produce and classic techniques will continue at Mere, but with my own take on the menus.”

The drinks menu will showcase premium spirits and liqueurs, including whiskies and gins sourced from both New Zealand and France. A cocktail menu will celebrate a mix of signature and seasonal cocktails, such as the Sauvelle Martini: Lillet White, Sauvelle crafted vodka, lime juice and sage. Or there’s the Rum Passion, consisting of Passoa, Havana Club, cranberry, strawberries and violet syrup.

Monica called in London architecture and design company Softroom to help with the interior design which features a modern, textural palette of blues and grey, with accents of deep yellow.

The bar area on the raised ground level will accommodate up to 20 guests and will feature a mix of blue velvet and leather seating. An Indian granite-topped bar edged in patinated zinc, soft lighting and a contemporary bespoke rug, help create a relaxed and comfortable ambiance. The lower ground restaurant will be accessed from a curved walled staircase and seats up to 64, with dark oak flooring, mirrored glass wall paneling and a secluded private dining room for up to 10 guests.

English artist, Warren Kerley has created a dramatic signature showpiece which can be seen as you enter the bar area on the ground floor, which cleverly incorporates hundreds of metal cork tops from champagne bottles sourced by David from France.

A specially created traditional Siapo, also known as a tapa cloth, has been designed and made especially for Monica in Samoa and will take pride of place above a banquette in the main dining room. More contemporary Samoan works by her cousin and the artist, Solomon Daniel, will also feature in the restaurant area.

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