Time Out says
A colourful Levantine spot in South Ken.
Fresh and clean, fun and colourful, and undoubtedly Eastern Mediterranean – when it comes to this cute little Levantine diner nestled just off Old Brompton Road, those adjectives could either be describing the food, the decor or the staff. A bustling open kitchen is the first thing you see when you go in, but the eye quickly shifts to the brightly coloured walls, clashing with dizzily patterned furniture.
The clientele seems to be a mix of tourists and locals, but all are given the same merry reception, as if they’ve just come back for the third night running. Ceru promises the best of an area covering Turkey to Syria to Israel (and everything in between).
Of our dips and green bits, the crisp apple, mint and pomegranate salad outshone the pancar beetroot offering by a country mile, but there were plenty of other intriguing numbers that will guarantee our return. Shish taouk, chicken tikka by another name, was perfectly cooked and plenty for two. Persian kaftas (beef patties) came slighly dry but were lifted by a tarator (tahini and lemon) sauce. Elsewhere, the zucchini and feta fritters were too stodgy to finish but a failsafe go-to of halloumi with harissa and grilled peppers more than saved the day. If you somehow have shares in pomegranates, rejoice! They have a way of studding, sprinkling or topping most things with them, but not to the point of overdosing. And be warned, the thanks and goodbyes were even more enthusiastic than the welcome. But you can’t really have too much of a good thing like that.
7-9 Bute St
|Transport:||Tube: South Kensington|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £65.|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 12noon-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10pm|
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Not far from South Kensington tube station, Ceru is ideally placed for lunch or dinner when visiting the attractions in South Ken (V&A, Natural History Museum, Royal Albert Hall etc). But the main reason to go is the food!
I love mezze and sharing plates as I love variety and with their levantine (Mediterranean / Middle Eastern) inspired cuisine, this suits the sharing.
We still ordered way too much food as I wanted to try everything! They recommend sharing 3 to 4 dishes each. We had the courgette fritters with feta - very tasty, dips with their fresh bread, more than just the standard hummus available here. But the star of the show for me were the prawns and the lamb skewers - such great flavours!
If you can manage it, don't forget to try the desserts - the chocolate pistachio pot is served in the most beautiful container and has a fanastic layer of sour cherries at the bottom, that cut through the richness of the chocolate.
If you are there for dinner, don't forget to sample the Levantine wine, they have a great selection from Greece, Turkey and Lebanon as well as some closer to home from France.
I booked Christmas party with friends after visited their previous pop up on Rathbone place. We had very tasty sharing Mezze with amazing cocktails our favourite was Cucumber Martini and try Pale Ale beer. Place is truly amazing with wonderful atmosphere, we all enjoyed and will be back. Thank you, you have created great place.
Our visit to CERU was a highlight. Very rarely can you not find fault with something, but here for us it was a perfect meal. We had small mezze dishes to share between two of us and we order almost everything on the menu. Our favourites were lamb shoulder, merguez chicken, squid and grilled haloumi. Cocktails are great too and prices incredibly low!We will be returning, such a brilliant place and beautifully design too.
Ignore the bang av' looking Italian joints vying for your attention, just 40 ft from off the Old Brompton road we found food, drinks and service which put a smile on our faces. It's a small but perfectly formed bright dining area with beautiful attention to detail and both times I have been I was met with and served by knowledgable and delightful staff. Don't discard your drink as not a massive part of your flavour experience, there are a great range of Lavantine wines (who knew) really well put together and fresh cocktails like Cucumber and Elderflower Martini but the stand out was the bright fresh beer brewed specifically for Ceru, light zingy and full of sunshine. The plates look small but do not be fooled, each dish is laden with fresh and complex spicing and rich textures, almost everything is accompanied by some sort of unctuous sauce, whether it is lime leaf scented Labneh, rose tinted Tzatziki or Pomegranate molasses, who doesn't LOVE sauce? There was not one thing that didn't leave me not feeling guilty about swiping the last morsel off the beautifully colourful plates.
Do not leave without trying as many things as you can fit inside you, this place has the charm of a local neighbourhood restaurant with the experience of being carted off to places you didn't know tasted so good all whilst enjoying attentive service. They have just launched an afternoon tea which I am going to be trying as soon as I can, bang goes beige, welcome colour and flavour!
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