January 6, 2020
Cha Cha at Mercato Metropolitano Mayfair
Founded in 2017 by entrepreneurs Youri Michel, Romain Dreyfus, Thibault Bouquet and Romain Ribera, The Initiative was created with a vision to disrupt the British Food and Beverage industry. Originating from regions across France, all four members of The Initiative worked their way up the hospitality industry throughout England and Europe and a decade on, they have combined their experience and channelled their industry intel into a hospitality concept which understands the constantly changing expectations of customers. From 2019 – 2020, The Initiative have launched and secured several new ventures across the UK.
One such venue is Mercato Metropolitano, (originally St. Marks Church), in Mayfair. Mercato Mayfair is a sympathetically revamped, impressively beautiful, historically stunning church. This huge space has evolved into a fantastic eating and meeting spot in the heart of Mayfair, it also includes a fabulously well-stocked shop for foodies, The Market Place, with all manner of specialist sauces, condiments and cooking ingredients. The Market Place brings diverse food practices and ingredients from different countries, cultures and traditions into urban environments.
There are several exciting eating options here, but we enjoyed a wonderful meal upstairs at Cha Cha Seafood Bar. Cha Cha combines killer cocktails with sumptuous Meditteranean seafood and is finished off with a Latino flourish – an offering which demands to be tried! We enjoyed fresh oysters, large juicy fresh succulent tempura prawns and lobster and crab rolls. The food was sublime, the oysters were delicious, I ordered just three to begin with because you never know with oysters, but I swiftly asked for another three, they slipped down beautifully. The batter on the prawns was steaming hot and crispy and the rolls equally as gorgeous. We washed this down with a couple of fruity cocktails.
Mercato Metropolitano is inviting people, companies and policymakers across London, the UK and the world to join the movement to change food culture in the country. This is an open invitation for people who believe in:
Healthy, sustainable, living food made with rural, artisanal practices
Supply chains that prioritise quality over price and make good, healthy food available
The importance of community in cities across the world, starting with London
Mercato Metropolitano’s mission, ingredients are fresh, artisanal and sustainably sourced as far as possible. Two levels of food stalls and bars are accompanied by a rooftop terrace, whilst the vaulted crypt basement hosts an authentic wine cellar with fresh cuts and world cheeses, a micro-brewery, events and cookery classes for everybody to gather, learn and share.