Those looking for a high-end dining experience in London are spoilt for choice, with new restaurants constantly popping up hoping to tantalise the tastebuds of foodies in the UK’s capital city. These restaurants aren’t just about the food, however. Their atmosphere is just as important; which often means turning to experts in the AV installation industry to ensure the right products are installed to give the place the right vibe for what the restaurant owners are hoping to achieve.
That’s exactly what happened at Mere, a restaurant located on the less hectic northern end of Charlotte Street, London. The husband and wife team, David and Monica Galetti approached AV integrators Sound Division, having been recommended to the pair, to design an AV solution for the new restaurant. Installation of the solutions recommended by Sound Division followed, with the new restaurant and bar opening in 2017, Sound Division opting to use Cloud Electronics products for the restaurant and bar’s audio requirements.
Monica currently appears as a Masterchef Professionals Judge and trained for more than 16 years under Michel Roux Jr at Michelin starred Le Gavroche, whilst David’s background includes being Le Gavroche’s sommelier.
Mere is an elegant dining choice, with particular attention to the wine list, across two floors. A ground floor cocktail and snack bar serving twenty and a basement restaurant, seating sixty, provide less complicated and more formal dining options. Further options are also available at the Chef’s Table and in a private Dining Room. The restaurant’s name is a derivation of the French word for Mother and the Samoan word for Mary, Monica’s mother.
David Graham, managing director for Sound Division comments, “We are pleased to have been invited by Mere’s owners to provide a high-quality audio visual solution for the restaurant’s staff and diners. Knowing Monica’s reputation for her eye for detail, we opted to use a discrete and high-quality audio solution from UK manufacturer Cloud Electronics.”
At the heart of the audio system is a Cloud DCM-1 Digital Control Mixer with audio outputs to Cloud CXV225 and Cloud CXA450 amplifiers. These provide power to a number of Cloud ceiling and surface-mount speakers across six audio zones. Source selection and localised volume controls are provided via the DCM-1 with Cloud CDR-1 flush-mounted control panels discretely positioned in convenient locations.
“Localised volume and source selection controls allow key-staff to adjust volume levels and change audio sources at positions around the restaurant and bar areas, if required, rather than needing to head back to the main control unit. This saves time and adds convenience,” adds David.
In addition to the audio system Sound Division installed a large-format flush-mount Samsung display in the private dining room at Mere, with a live-video link to the Chef’s pass in the kitchen, allowing diners to see dishes being prepared prior to arrival at the table.
“Sound Division has been fortunate to work with a number of prestigious venues across London since the company formation in 1990. This is the third restaurant in Charlotte Street alone where we have been called in. We regularly opt to use products from Cloud Electronics for these high-end projects as we know the Cloud products offer high-quality, reliability and dependability, values important to us and our clients,” concludes David.