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Showing posts from March, 2017

Mere Restaurant Review, London

Monica Galetti, chef and co-owner of Mere with her husband David (who is also a respected sommelier), have opened their first restaurant in Fitzrovia, London. Mere Restaurant had no soft launch, and had only been trading five days when we visited this weekend. Trying to secure any weekend bookings now will prove impossible as tables are already taken for the next three months. It is no surprise considering the calibre of cooking involved.

Being a fellow kiwi, I have followed Galetti's career since coming to the UK and Monica has quite a cult following after starring on BBC's Master Chef - The Professionals Series, as a judge alongside her mentor, Michel Roux Jnr. Galetti trained with Roux Jnr at the iconic two Michelin star restaurant, Le Gavroche in London.

Finally Galetti has opened her very first restaurant with a wonderful menu showcasing classical French dishes with a bit of South Pacific in the mix. The restaurant itself feels cosy inside yet also elegant at the same ti…

Temper Restaurant, London

I decided to check out Temper in Soho, London after hearing about a new restaurant that was featuring Tacos and Mezcal. If you're like me, anything mentioning Tacos and Tequila I'm down but Temper actually ended up being much more than that, meat is their specialty. This new, somewhat large restaurant is in the subterranean depths of Soho, a number of restaurants add significant square footage by going underground and one is MASH - another restaurant that takes meat seriously and incidentally host the biggest USA wine selection in the UK. I was surprised to see that despite the PR of Tacos and Mezcal, they had only three Mezcal options on the drinks menu, however they did have a good selection of wines.

I actually think if you're not a big Mezcal fan you will love the wine options and to be honest I think they are a better match for the main plates that are mostly meat centric. The Tacos were soft corn tortillas as far as I could tell they were genuine - I could taste the…