Mele e Pere

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Mele e Pere

This trattoria, the creation of two alumni of Arbutus, features a changing menu of sharing plates, pasta and meat dishes. The drinks list is notable for including what is almost certainly London's largest selection of vermouths, including a couple that they make themselves.


Venue name: Mele e Pere
Address: 48 Brewer Street
Opening hours: Open Mon-Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10pm.
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus tube
Price: Main courses £17-£24.50
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4.5 / 5

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Very disappointing. Poor service, average food and very expensive. We will not be returning.


Having walked by this restaurant everyday to get to work last summer, I finally got the chance to try it last week. It's an Italian restaurant so my friend and I decided to order a couple small dishes to share and have a tapas styled dinner. 

Together, we shared the following:

1. Focaccia - This came as three thick-cut slices of focaccia bread served on a wooden board. Although this was a simple order of bread, it was baked really well! The focaccia wasn't too greasy, it had a golden exterior, and a lovely spongy interior. This went well with the other dishes we ordered, especially the meat. 

2. Deep Fried Squid - Essentially a bowl of calamari, this was great. It's a typical dish for tapas and was executed well. The batter wasn't too thick, it was crispy and golden in colour. It came served with some garlic aioli on the side, which complimented the fried food well. It was also a good portion in the bowl. 

3. San Daniele Ham & Gnocchi Fritti - A generous serving of Italian ham served on a wooden platter along with 3 pieces of fried dough. We were confused at first because we thought this was fried gnocchi (like the pasta) but then realised it was a typical Italian fried dough. How can one go wrong with fried food? This was great! The ham went well with the focaccia bread that we ordered too. 

4. Salmon Tartare - This came served as thinly sliced salmon tartare topped with orange segments, some salad, and shaved fennel. I liked how fresh this tasted and that it was served cold. It added a good balance against the other dishes we had, which were mainly hot and fried. The orange segments complimented the tartare quite well and was something unexpected, but I liked the citrus touch. 

Alongside these wonderful dishes, we shared a carafe of White Wine. This was served slightly chilled, which was great and gave us about 2 glasses each. It paired really well with our calamari and tartare! 

In terms of atmosphere, we were seated upstairs, which was more like the bar area but we were at a table with a chair on one side and a couch on the other, so it wasn't too bad. We also walked in without a reservation, so we were pretty lucky to get a table on a Friday evening. Going to the bathroom downstairs, it was nice to see the layout of the lower ground level. It obviously much more spacious downstairs, definitely my preferred section to sit in if I come back! 


Trattoria & Vermouth Bar! I have to say this is one of the best Italians in Soho and even better when you can get 3 courses for £20, such good value for money. For starters we had salmon tartare and buratta with figs (the baratta was so fresh and creamy). The mains-  squid ink fusilli with grilled king prawns and sea bream with mussels. Dessert, of course we had the classic Italian dessert Tiramisu, which was lovely, but they went a bit overboard with the coco powder. 

I could not fault this place and have been telling all my friends to go especially for the 3 courses of £20. The service was great, the restaurant was buzzing and the food was top notch! I can not fault this place!


I was craving some fresh, Italian antipasti and good vermouth and so I choose Mele e Pere in Soho. 

It has been recommend to me some time ago so I was sure it wouldn't disappoint me. The food was great - just as expected. Prosciutto which I ordered as a starter was delicious and gnocchi topped with truffles tasted like heaven. 

I was, however, very disappointed with the service. There was only food menu at the table, and the waiters first questions was about drinks. They didn't check if we liked the food or we needed anything, not even once. 

As we left, I realized I left my jacket and came back to chase it. I mentioned it to one of the waiters who started to laugh and said: how do I know if its still there and walked away. I immediately forgot how tasty the gnocchi were. 


I came here with my friend when we wanted somewhere slightly quieter for a catch up and all the other Soho bars were heaving. The staff welcomed us in even though we only wanted a drink and their drinks list is extensive. Officially a vermouth bar which is interesting in itself, but they also have prosecco on tap and wide range of cocktails, including non-alcoholic ones. I was very impressed. Hopefully I'll go back soon for some food!


I was craving some potato gnocchi on a mild hangover one Sunday (very first world problem, i agree) and after realising the Power Puffs Girl shop was now closed I decided to see if Mele e Pere would have some delicious food for me.  I was dining alone and this was the perfect place to not feel uncomfortable or awkward.  I was seated right away with some lovely staff who explained the set menu and recommended some dishes for me.  I decided to treat myself to a glass of Prosecco, olives and of course, the hangover curing Potato Gnocchi.  

I would not recommend a portion of olives for one person as there were far far too many but delicious still.  The potato gnocchi small portion was the perfect amount for lunch and the large portion was £20 so I was not willing to treat myself toooo much.  It was delicious and topped with scattered truffles which the smell was overwhelming at first but a perfect compliment to the dish. 

When I got the bill I was surprised to see my drink was on the house!  The lovely staff and a bonus freebie really made my day! 


Mele e Pere is a great little Italian venue on Brewer Street. From the road it looks very small but once they lead you downstairs it opens out into a good sized restaurant with a great vibe and pleasant, modern but quaint décor. There was a limited selection of mains and sharing dishes available which is a sign that they do a small amount of food very well, and I wasn't disappointed. I went for the three course theatre menu which was great value. The cheesecake was a little smaller than I was expecting but I'd already had some very tasty ox tongue and gnocchi by then. A good place to go with friends or even on a date. Recommended.


There are 2 words apt to strike fear in the heart of all those who enjoy dining out in London – ‘set menu’. Unfair? Maybe but as anyone who has ever tried to eat well on a budget will tell you, there are just too many places in our capital that capitalise on people who need or want to keep a reasonable hold on their purse strings. Luckily I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. There are places that have married together great food with sensible prices and one such place is ‘Mele e Pere’ in Soho. Having eaten there twice now and both times enjoyed the food, service & ambience, I feel it’s only right that I now pay it forward and spread the word.

Set on Brewer St, this Italian trattoria appears tiny at first glance; venture down the stairs opposite a wall of vermouth bottles though and you will find an absolute cavern of a dining room where couples enjoying a mid-week date sit next to larger parties enjoying the home-made and generously portioned food. Staff are friendly and move swiftly among the tables, fast enough that you don’t fear missing the start of your show – well it is in the heart of Theatreland – but not so quick that you have to grasp in vain for the last dregs of sauce on your plate before it vanishes.

There is a constant pre-theatre menu on the restaurant’s website but a quick scout on always reliable Google will present you with a frankly outstanding offer of 3 courses plus a glass of bubbles for £20. I know, I know, I know…right now you’re thinking it can’t possibly be good food at that price but I promise, hand on breadstick, it is. Shallow bowls are piled high with pasta that is reassuringly warm & familiar – the gnocchi with sausage is wipe-the-dish-clean good – while platters of spicy salami & fat breads are perfect with a soothing glass of red. Vegetarian options sit side by side with king prawns, lambs neck and sea bream on the menu and there’s a decent a la carte offering as well with mains ranging from £8 - £29.

On my first visit here, I was accompanied by an Italian, a risky move if ever there was one. Thankfully it paid off as her enthusiastic yummy noises appeared with the starter and stayed until the limoncello…this place is not crazily whimsical or elegantly sophisticated but it is hearty and comforting and delicious and if you ever need a place to take someone who’s a little less Blumenthal and a little more Carluccio, this is it.

Found this little gem, whilst out with the other hoards of shoppers in Soho. What a find!

If you like Vermouth, this is the place to go. Not the biggest fan, but was not disappointed. They had a wonderful craft beer on tap, and their wine list was impressive.

The food was top quality and very reasonably priced. The staff were very attentive and polite. 

The decor and ambience of the restaurant is beautiful, with a mix of classic black and white photography of old Italy and stunning graphic posters. A really chilled out space. Definitely be paying another trip back soon.

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As someone who hates no reservation restaurants, Mele e Pere usually comes to my rescue when I'm looking for a last minute table in Soho after work. Not only can you book but you can usually walk in and get a table, particularly if you're happy to wait at the bar. And don't discount the bar as an inferior option to the dining area - last time I visited I sat at the counter and it was arguably more enjoyable than sitting down at a table. I'd highly recommended for negroni-lovers (they make their own vermouth), and the food menu might not change much but it's very reliable (gnocchi with truffle and the pasta dishes are always good).  

Fantastic Italian restaurant in Soho! Their gnocchi is to die for it's so delicious. Lovely independently run restaurant. They host monthly vermouth masterclasses which are good fun too!

This is one of my favourite places to eat. The food is spectacular and great value for money. The downstairs dining area has a great atmosphere and the staff are professional yet friendly. Would highly recommend! 

Mele is one of my favourite restaurants in London, I have gone many time - its great for lunch and very reasonable and fantastic for an evening meal. Great atmosphere, really friendly staff. The chef is amazing, every dish is beautifully presented and tastes out of this world.

I would highly recommended this place to everyone, I just need to thinking up a reason to go back there - so who's birthday is it next? 

Fantastic Italian trattoria in the heart of Soho. Great value with a set lunch offering superb main course dishes for £8.50 plus the usual fab sharing plates and their own homemade vermouth.

The food was perfect. Tasted great and presented well. Excellent value for money as well. Why 4/5 stars? Our waiter was a bell-end (but maybe he was having a bad day).

Absolutely awesome restaurant! I had spent 7 hours over two days trying to find a restaurant in Soho at such short notice that could accommodate 10 of us for a team dinner, and eventually found this place. Wasn't sure what to expect as I hadn't heard about it and the reviews were not too amazing, but from the moment I tasted their balsamic vinegar (sweeet and thick - so delicious!) to the moment I smelt my amazing truffle risotto (the BEST I have ever had!), to finally the chocolate fondant with ice cream, that was it - I am hooked on this place! Good value for money. Great service. Excellent food! Enough said.

Great, good value food in a very cosy environment. The menu changes with seasons, but if you still see the Octopus dish on the menu - go for it!

Finally a good Italian restaurant in Soho with reasonable prices!! I went for lunch during the week, the meat was amazing, a long time a didn't have that kind that melts in your mouth. So I repeated for a Saturday night, pasta this time, and again super good, super good ambience, the bar is very cool and the venue as well, highly recommended.

Delicious pasta, stellar seafood, amazing gelato. We loved the wine list, the attention to detail and the tripe.... Don't leave without trying the tripe. Definitely will be back, this is top notch northern Italian.

Had a fantastic evening at Mele e Pere. Finally a decent place to have a proper plate of pasta! The ice cream was exceptional too and the bar is very cool. Highly recommend it!