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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A modern European restaurant in Newington Green.

Cérès fits right in to Newington Green. It’s a warm, welcoming, modern European restaurant that looks like one of those posh living rooms you can sometimes see through the window of the area’s many terraced houses. A small space, it has a bright orange wall at one end, lots of homely wooden dining furniture, a bar stacked with wine bottles, and dried flowers hanging off the front window.

The seasonal menu was heavy with southern European cuisine (Spanish, Turkish, Mediterranean were just a few), and everything was obviously cooked with love. Lots of fresh, interesting ingredients made an appearance on the menu, and a couple of dishes really wowed: a bowl of vibrant strawberry sorbet with crispy caramelised peanuts and a fruity, addictive melon jam; and a starter of crispy, salty tempura samphire with tangy black garlic sauce. Of the main courses, we enjoyed the thick, meaty, pan-fried hake, which fell apart at the touch, but other dishes, sadly, fell flat: the ‘mushroom ceviche’ was more like an ordinary salad, and while the gazpacho was fresh and light, it lacked depth.

I liked Cérès for its quaint, laidback nature and menu reminiscent of a European holiday. It won’t disappoint for a weeknight dinner – and was packed with locals on our Tuesday night visit – but for a special occasion? I would try somewhere with a touch more finesse.

By: Kelly Pigram



Address: 74 Green Lanes
N16 9EJ
Transport: Dalston Kingsland Overground
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £105.
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5 out of 5 stars

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I'm surprised by the lukewarm TO review given that we had a cracking meal here: everything we ate was delicious - imaginative, well executed and nicely presented.  Plus very friendly service.  Highly recommended.

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