Nestled behind crisp white exteriors and the hustle and bustle of Charlotte Street is the peace and tranquility of Mere – the first restaurant from husband and wife team, Monica and David Galetti.

Mere, the name of Monica’s mother, is a melting pot of cultural influences; mixing the classical French of David’s childhood with the exotic South Pacific and New Zealand from Samoan-born Monica.

The clean and concise menu is the work of chef proprietor, Monica who is now a familiar face and household name thanks to her work on MasterChef: The Professionals. Monica joined the BBC cooking competition as a judge in 2008 alongside Michel Roux Jnr. who at that point, was her chef proprietor at Le Gavroche. She spent 12 years in the two Michelin-starred kitchen, rising to senior sous chef, then Head chef at Le Gavroche des tropiques in Mauritius before setting up Mere in 2017.