Mele e Pere opened its doors this year in an area that is blessed with many good dining establishments. We were curious how it would stack up against the many choices available to those who happen to be looking for a bite to eat in the West End.
Mele e Pere is located in the heart of Soho, an area that is littered with excellent restaurants. Think Barrafina, Bocca di Lupo, 10 Greek Street, Dehesa and Pitt Que & co. Therefore, any restaurant that opens in the area faces extremely stiff competition and needs to offer great food and good service in order to stand a chance.
Mele e Pere focusses on Italian tapas dishes. The dishes are best shared rather than going for the box-standard starter, main and dessert. During our visit to Mele e Pere we tried the following dishes:
- Home-made bread, focaccia and grissini (7/10)
- Deep fried squid with smoked aioli (8/10)
- Aubergine parmigiana (8/10)
- Grilled octopus, new potatoes and green olives (7/10)
- Ravioli of smoked mozzarella and sun dried tomatoes (8.5/10)
- Straccetti with basil pesto, green beans and pine nuts (7.5/10)
- Leganega sausage (8/10)
- Braised rabbit with polenta (7/10)
- Fried zucchini with mint (8.5/10)
- Home-made chips (7/10)
In total we paid £92 (including 3 bottles of still water, 2 double espressos and service charge), which is decent value for the centre of Soho and quality of cooking. The service at Mele e Pere is very good and attentive.
All in all Mele e Pere offers a good dining experience and if you happen to be hungry while wandering the streets of Soho it is worth paying a visit.
Overall rating for Mele e Pere: 7/10
(The rating reflects quality of cooking, quality of food, overall service and price)