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Due to the success of their restaurant in South Kensington, Ceru Restaurant has opened up a new site in Soho.  Luckily for me I happened to be shopping in the area recently.  Having heard how wonderful their food was online I decided to pay them a visit.

The restaurant is perfect for a get together with friends, a date, even a business meeting.  You are guaranteed to impress.

Ceru serves an interesting fusion of Eastern Mediterranean foods from Turkish, Israeli, Syrian and Lebanese cuisine (Levantine food).  Each dish is beautifully presented and incorporates a mix of flavours and fresh, quality ingredients.  The menu boasts a good range of dishes to tickle the taste buds.  Whether you prefer, meat, fish or vegetables you are well catered for.  Dishes that contain allergens are clearly marked on the menu as are those containing sulphites.

There is a great drinks selection available including some fabulous cocktails and fresh pressed juices.

Choosing what to order is hard as everything sounds tempting.  We were advised to order 3 to 4 dishes per person.  The idea is that these are sharing plates to enjoy with others.

Dips to Start


Whole grilled garlic prawns with a dried lime & coriander labneh.

You can taste the garlic as you bite into these perfectly cooked fresh prawns.  They are nice and plump and the coriander labneh complements them well.

Spice Battered Squid

With a harissa yoghurt.

This fantastically crispy batter was a winner with me.  The tender yet firm squid within was fresh and cooked just right.  The harissa yoghurt made a great addition to the dish and the portion size was good.


Slow roasted for 5 hours in a secret blend of 12 Shawarma spices, with a pomegranate, fresh mint and pistachio sauce.

A popular dish here and it wasn’t surprising to see why.  The meat literally fell apart and was exquisitely flavoursome.


Grilled corn fed chicken with a lentil & mint salad, preserved lemon and dried black olives.
The presentation of this dish was well thought out.  The lentil and mint salad worked well and the addition of the preserved lemon and olives add a different twist of flavours.  The chicken had been grilled to perfection and topped the salad creating a superb dish for those that want to marry flavour and healthy eating.
The aubergine was delicious with the chermoula providing and additional burst of flavour.  Combined with the herb yoghurt these provide a satisfyingly mouthful that you will wish will never end.  The nuts give contrast to the dish with a nice bite and of course add to the taste.

Zucchini & Feta Fritters

With a mint and dill yoghurt.

The zucchini and feta combined are incredible.  The creamy, saltiness of the feta with the soft smoothness and delicate flavour of the zucchini make for an extremely moreish mix.  Just when you think it can’t be an better you scoop some of the herb yoghurt onto your bite sized morsel.  It’s so good you have to try it for yourselves!


This is such a great dessert and something different too.  It is very sweet and you probably won’t need all of the honey caramel.  I found this quite refreshing to the palette after the meal.  I loved it so much I’m tempted to try and make my own cardamon ice cream.


If you want great food and generous portions combined with great value for money this is the place to go.  The food at Ceru truly is a feast for the eyes and senses.  I do hope they open more branches nationwide so others can experience this fabulous food for themselves.

Have you ever tried Levantine cuisine before?

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49 thoughts on “Ceru Restaurant (Soho)”

  1. I have not heard of this restaurant before or tried Levantine cuisine before, but when we are in London we are often around Soho area so will have to look out for it on our next visit. The food looks and sounds amazing x

  2. Its almost lunch time here and you have got me…the food looks amazing and the photos do so much justice to them too. I love seafood so the starters and dips just look amazing!

  3. Now this looks like a delicious restaurant to go and check out! Definitely seems to offer something a little different from the norm. I want to try those prawns!

  4. What a beautiful assortment of dishes! Love the look of that trio of hummus’ and the lamb. I’ll definitely check this place out next time I’m in Soho!

  5. This food all looks amazing, but I absolutely love the presentation on the chocolate mousse! I’m definitely making a note of this restaurant.

  6. I don;’t get to visit London as often as I would like but this looks like a fab restaurant……we are up next week so will see how close it is to the theatre we are visiting

  7. I love med food, especially all the meat, that chicken looks so good, although the batter on the squid looks a bit thick for me x

  8. Oh my word, my mouth is watering now. I’d definitely go fro the dips (such great colour), lamb and chicken. I can’t wait tok try Ceru out. Mich x

  9. Oh I love Middle Easter and Lebanese food! This place looks fantastic and those dishes are making me really hungry! Going to have to check this place out next time I’m in London

    Laura x

  10. I am loving the sound of this menu. I love trying new and interesting food and this is somewhere i would definitely visit

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