MELE E PERE - REVIEW - 10TH APRIL 2012
I walked past this new Italian restaurant on bustling Brewer Street in Soho a few times and was very intrigued by it. With a mixture of colourful glass fruit and vegetable ornaments in the window and minamalist decor inside it almost doesn’t look like a restaurant. Until you go downstairs to a big cave like room that is spacious yet cosy with lots of tables spaced nicely apart and filled with really modern and cool decor.
Mele E Pere does both an A La Carte menu and a set lunch menu with the latter at only £15. Both menus have lots of choice on them and it all sounded really delicious and was difficult to choose what to have. My diner and I decided to eat from the full menu and chose starters of Finocchiona (a type of Italian salami), broad bean and pea bruschetta and Wild asparagus, fried egg and San Daniele ham. The bruschetta was absolutely delicious and I devoured every mouthful of the fresh peas, mint and broad beans mixed with spicy red chilli and topped with meaty salami on crisp toasted bread. It just tasted of summer and is something I will definitely have to go back to have again! My diners egg was perfectly fried with a big bright yellow yolk with wonderfully crunchy asparagus. Both starters were of really good portions.
For main we decided on Spinach ravioli with butter and sage and warm mackerel, white beans and mussels with a side of Fried zucchini with mint. The ravioli was large and made from homemade thick green pasta filled generously with ricotta and covered with a naughtily tasty butter sauce and was just the right amount. My diners mussels were nice and fresh and the beans delicious but the mackerel was a little disappointing as it was only just cooked through and was a little undercooked for us. It would have been a great dish otherwise though. The fried zucchini was crispy and tasty almost like eating crisps themselves and was seasoned perfectly.
We were too full for puddings but I am sure the likes of Vanilla pannacotta with fresh strawberries and Fior di latte ice cream, caramelised pear and honey comb would have been worth being over stuffed for.
I really enjoyed Mele E Pere - it had a lovely atmosphere inside, great service (with very friendly Italian staff) and delicious food. The lunch offer at £15.50 for for three courses is fantastic value and I will definitely be back - to give the yummy sounding cocktails a try too!
Dotty Dishes was a guest of Mele E Pere.
Mele E Pere, 46 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 9TF.