For those of you that don’t know, I recently started an incredible new job. One of the amazing perks of this new job is getting invited to a tone of new restaurant or bar openings to sample and then create emails or content for. One of the ones I recently got invited to was Ceru in South Kensington.
Founded by Barry Hilton, (who we actually managed to meet at the restaurant) he was inspired to create somewhere that provides an insight into the rich food and heritage of Levant and its surrounding regions. It features nearly 100 ingredients and they use only the freshest produce from local London markets.
With an entirely Gluten Free menu (as long as you don’t have the pita bread) it offers a variety of options for vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and omnivores alike, Ceru really does have something for everyone. They also use over 20 different spices so all their dishes are packed full of flavour. The selection of small sharing plates make it perfect to be able to try a bit of everything.
We took full advantage of this and started with a vine cherry tomato & red onion salad, a portion of their fadi dip which is made from roasted courgette, yoghurt, lemon and tahini, delish! Swiftly followed by the spice battered squid and karides (whole grilled garlic prawns with a dried lime & coriander labneh). Both these dishes were a big hit. The squid was coated in a really lovely light batter and was clearly super fresh. The prawns were also amazing, despite being fully shelled which I normally hate as its such a faff, the flavour of them was spot on and the dip they came with accompanied them perfectly. We also had a portion of fried halloumi & grilled red peppers which was tasty, but the halloumi was battered and it took away from the flavour a little. Lastly we finished with persian kafta which are aromatic spiced beef patties served with edamame beans, caramelised onion and a tarator sauce. But my all time fave dish had to be the lamb shoulder, slow roasted for 5 hours in their secret blend of 12 Shawarma spices, with a pomegranate, fresh mint and pistachio sauce. It was to die for! The flavour was just incredible and the texture of the meat was perfect. If you go down, promise me you’ll try it!
I annoyingly took a load of snaps but on a new phone that I have and they have come out all blurry 😦 so all I have are the press snaps.
The actual restaurant itself is just a stone’s throw away from South Kensington underground station, nestled between a variety of shops, bars and restaurants on Bute Street. Barry has clearly worked very hard to ensure the interior of Ceru is in keeping with the concept of the restaurant. The interior is stunning with beautifully coloured tiles and copper lanterns, it really gives the restaurant a Mediterranean feel while still keeping it light and bright.
I really cant recommend this place enough, its really reasonably priced so its perfect for date night or a lunch/dinner with friends. If your anywhere near South Ken, make sure you pop in and give it a try.