• Roxii Hoare-Smith

Ceru Restaurant Review

We visited Levantine Pop up restaurant Ceru.

We visited Ceru’s Rathbone Place pop up last week. If you would like a taste of the Levant then head down to the green between City Hall and Tower Bridge on the 1st of June for Ceru’s next pop up! Ceru is a Levantine restaurant. Although ingredients are locally sourced many are also from the Levantine region (Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon and Israel). Ceru is very passionate about sustainability and the environment so they recycle and use ethically sourced ingredients and materials.

We began with a cocktail each, I went for the French 75 (£8.50). A summery concoction of Beefeater Gin, Jacquart Champagne, sugar syrup and fresh lemon juice. Karl went for the Spring Punch (£8) which is mixed with Absolut Vodka, Crème de cassis and fresh lemon juice topped with prosecco. We sat in the brightly coloured restaurant looking out at a sunny spring evening and for a second I could have actually convinced myself I was in the Levantine region. The cocktails are so fresh and so summery.

The food at Ceru is mezze and sharing style so we began with dips to share with warm pitta bread. We went for the Four in One (£6.50). This is a selection of Pancar (roast beetroot, yoghurt, garlic and pistachio nuts), Fadi (fried baby courgette puree with tahini, roast garlic, yoghurt & lemon), Spicy Roasted Red Pepper (Chilli & walnuts & pomegranate molasses) and Houmous topped with chickpeas. Next we shared an Apple, Pomegranate and Mint Salad with green chilli, lemon & roasted pine nuts, (£6.50) Halloumi (£5.50) and Lamb Shoulder with Shawarma spices, fresh pomegranate and pistachio dressing (£9). The lamb was incredible, so incredibly tender and succulent. You cannot visit Ceru and not try the lamb shoulder! The fresh pomegranate and pistachio dressing added a real fresh taste which paired well with the halloumi and salad. Everything tasted so wholesome and so fresh which ensured me that we were eating real good food. You can view the Ceru menu here.

For dessert I went for the Yoghurt, walnut and pistachio cake (£5.50) which paired well with a Turkish apple tea. Karl went for the Spice roast pears with cinnamon and orange zest (£4.50). The fresh ingredients made me feel a lot less guilty about overindulging and for £5.50 you are given such a generous portion of cake! I would return just for Turkish tea and cake. I was so pleased to see somewhere in London that sells Turkish tea as I’m obsessed since returning from Turkey two weeks ago.

The staff are so friendly and so helpful. Ceru may a small moving restaurant but the staff appear to move with it and provide such fantastic customer service. Everyone was so happy and cheerful and you could sense their passion for Ceru. I love the fresh and bright design to the restaurant, it transports you away and makes you feel like you really are in a little cafe in Turkey or Israel. The ‘skateboard’ style seats at the bar are fantastic, I love anything quirky and different in restaurants.



Photography Karl Cowell

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