Mele e Pere is just one of the many restaurants that has been on my must eat list for yonks! I was looking for somewhere central and low-key for my birthday meal with the fam. Mele e Pere is located smack bang in the middle of Soho so when I saw there was a brilliant Bookatable deal there I was sold!
For only £23 you can enjoy a three course meal with a glass of bubbles, and let me tell you the food is delicious! It’s definitely a star deal. Mele e Pere is a trattoria and Vermouth Bar which serves seasonal Italian dishes. You walk in through a bar and are lead downstairs to the main restaurant which has a beautiful copper bar. It’s nice and spacious which is a rarity for these parts!
With the set menu you can choose from 3 or 4 options for each course. Now, I tend to find with set menus that I struggle to find something I actually want. It never seems to be the best of the main menu. However, I did not have this problem with Mele e Pere. I wanted it all!
I informed the husband that we would be sharing our starters so as to have a taste of two dishes. We ordered the burrata with roasted grapes and balsamic vinegar and the smoked swordfish carpaccio, blood orange, chilli and fennel. The burrata was heavenly, and almost as good as the offering from Pulia.
I really enjoyed the roasted grapes and will definitely be serving it like this at home very soon. The swordfish was also a delight. This delicate fish worked beautifully with the tart orange and smooth fennel. The chilli didn’t really add anything to the dish, it was very mild. But I’m glad it was lost, it wasn’t really needed with the other delicious flavours!
It was the beef featherblade all round for mains. Not without much deliberation mind. Gnocchi with courgette and king prawns or the bream with monk’s beard were also strong contenders. It was a very hard decision. But it was a cold February night and we all succumbed to the rich and warming beef served with caramelised parsnips, winter vegetables and hazelnuts.
Look at the size of that piece of meat! The parsnip came pureed, which I wasn’t expecting but very much enjoyed. And the bitter winter greens worked well with the richness of the rest of the dish. The featherblade cooked perfectly – moist and pink, it just felt apart. My only criticism? Give me some more jus man! It was delicious and there was only a drizzle. Otherwise a top-notch dish.
Dessert had to be tiramisu! This little pot of creamy deliciousness almost finished me off as I was pretty stuffed by this point, but do not worry – I managed the last mouthful.
We had a great meal at Mele e Pere. The main menu looked very good too – I’d like to go back to try more of it! This is a lovely little spot where you can spend an evening eating, drinking and catching-up without being rushed off your table. Definitely a gem within Soho.