Mele E Pere

A restaurant with style. A restaurant that’s contemporary. Mele E Pere

History and background:

A fairly new restaurant, opened up in the heart of Soho in February 2012. It has since been compared to the likes of Arburtus, but Mele E Pere isn’t quite there yet. The founders of Mele E Pere were chefs at the Michelin-stared Wild Honey back in 08′.

Upon arrival, you will be met by the row of Murano glass apples and pears hung out on the shelf wall. Interesting design, and certainly unique, and this chic concept is prominent in the whole of the restaurant. With fancy, odd anglepoise lamps, and mismatched chairs, the interior really sets this Italian restaurant apart from the others. (

Mele E Pere in English is Apple and Pear).

The meal:

Mushroom and pea risotto

I think they may have taken this dish off the menu since I’ve been, as it is no where to be found online. The price range was between £11-17 pounds. This was far too salty, and I don’t like complaining at restaurants, but this one I had to call the waiter. Far too salty. They redid this dish for me (more like, they diluted it with water…)

Snails with pecorino, parsley and guanciale

This also may no longer be on the menu either, but it was my favourite sharing dish. Snails in batter with, I think, guacamole dip. Chewy and tender, great taste.

DSC06346_1Hand chopped beef tartar. Not bad not bad.

Deep fried squid with smoked alioli

I really liked this one, the dip that came with it was so tasty and succulent. It’s a shame that this encounter was a while back so I’m not equipped to really describe this to you. I would definitely give this restaurant another go despite some poor experience with the mains. My brother Nelson, had the blank ink squid pasta, I thought it was too salty, but he liked it.

Do give this place a go! Very promising dishes on the menu. (They do 2, 3 course deals as well as set party deals).

Service: We came at a very odd time, so the restaurant wasn’t busy. Nice staff, and attended to my complaint well.

Bits and bobs:

  • The main dining area is downstairs, whereas upstairs you eat on high stools and tables with a bar area.
  • Very over lit. Wear sunglasses.

Price: ££



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