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Ceru Restaurant (Soho)

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

Seafood

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.

Meat

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.

Poultry

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!

Desserts

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.

Overall

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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This Post Has 84 Comments

  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

    1. It’s a must Samantha, the food there is wonderful. We loved it there.

  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!

    1. The food was lovely. A good choice of dishes and fresh ingredients with plenty of flavour.

  3. A friend mentioned this restaurant and will be in London early October so might give it a try. The food seems absolutely yummy

    1. It’s gorgeous and really flavourful x

  4. The food does look very good. I shall have to try it sometime

  5. That food looks so delicious and definitely value for money. Might have to check it out one day!

    1. I am sure you will enjoy it there. They have some amazing food.

  6. I love the decor of the place and the food looks absolutely incredible!

    1. The food was delicious. I will definitely be recommending this to friends and family.

  7. 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!

  8. Oh wow this all looks amazing! I wish I had seen this earlier, I was in soho on Monday and looking for somewhere to eat!

    1. That’s such a shame but at least you know for next time x

  9. What a lovely looking restaurant, the food looks tasty! And it’s so good to see great veggie options too.

  10. 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!

    1. The food there is lovely. They have a good selection.

  11. Never been here but will have to pop in when I am in the area for sure.

  12. Food looks and sounds great would love to try some

  13. I love places where you share the dishes. The food looks amazing!

    1. It’s a more sociable way to eat and makes it more enjoyable x

  14. Oh this looks so good and I love that they have some really delicious looking veggie dishes. Yum!

    1. The veggie dishes were great which we liked. I like a mix, I don’t always eat meat and I love veggies.

  15. Not a place i have heard of but I was sold at the first picture looks delicious and the interior looks fab.

    1. It does look nice doesn’t it. We loved it here the food was fantastic.

  16. I have not heard of this place but was sold from the first pic yum looks delicious- the decor is great too

  17. Ohh I do love Soho and this looks like a really cool and chic place to have a meal and wow that food looks amazing too

    Laura x

    1. It’s a lovely place for a meal. The food was great!

  18. Dishes look yummy. I am too peculiar about the ingredients and flavor. Was it satisfying?

    1. The food here was really good. A must try when in the area x

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

  20. 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

    1. I do hope you get to go the food there is lovely x

  21. Never heard of this place before but I love soho and wouldn’t give this a miss, it looks delicious

  22. I shouldn’t have read this before dinner, I need to eat here and now!

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

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

  27. Those king prawns looked delicious, they’re my favourite food!

    1. They were delicious!!!!

  28. I love these fusion restaurants when they get them right. Means you can satisfy a group of differing palettes.

    1. It sure does. I love to try new flavours and these guys really do offer something different.

  29. That lamb shoulder looks absolutely amazing! I need to go here!

  30. Everything looks so yummy, hope to go when i’m next in London

    1. You will love it Samantha 🙂

  31. Looks delicious – has made me hungry! Will look at going there when i’m next in London.

  32. I would love to eat out more, there’s not many quality restaurants near where we live

    1. That’s such a shame. This one was really lovely. They had a great range of dishes.

  33. My gosh! Everything looks so delicious I would literally order everything you had. The grilled prawns and chicken especially…so yummy!

    1. It looks great doesn’t it! The chicken and prawns were yummy.

  34. The food looks very tasty. I would love to dine in this restaurant for sure.

    1. I don’t blame you. They have a lovely range of foods.

  35. This looks delicious! I always appreciate when allergens are clearly labeled, too – too many places forget about that!

    1. I know and it doesn’t help if you have allergies. These guys have everything covered there.

  36. I’m always on the lookout for restaurants recommendations. Ceru sounds like an amazing one. I’ll have to add this to my list!

    1. Enjoy your meal there Helen. I’m sure you will love it.

  37. The grilled prawns and the squid dish look really delicious! This looks like a good restaurant to try. The place is cozy, the food is fantastic! Truly a great find!

    1. It sure is a great find. The food there is really good. I would recommend this to anyone that can get there.

  38. Now this is a place I’ll like to visit! The environment seems awesome and the food delicious! And I’m a big fan of seafood and lamb so perfect!

    1. I thought they had a fantastic range of food there. I’m sure you would love their food.

  39. Ummmm… All of that food looks so good! Although that dark chocolate mosse definitely had my mouth watering!!

    1. It was lovely, especially the choccy mousse 🙂

  40. The food looks really delicious especially the lamb shoulder. I can just imagine how tender it is being slow roasted for 5 hours. Now, I am badly craving for one.

    1. They did a great job with the food. Everything was fresh and well made.

  41. Those dips look like such a great way to start a meal. And what fab flavors to have, too. Looks like a wonderful meal!

  42. It sounds like they have a good selection. I love it when a restaurant makes it easy to know where allergens are by putting it on the menu.

    1. The range of dishes is good there and everything is nicely presented.

  43. I totally loved all the food featured here especially the dips and crispy fried squid. I would love to visit Ceru restaurant the next time I am around Soho area.

    1. It really is good isn’t it. I loved the range available.

  44. I’ve not tried much Eastern Mediterranean food before but if all looks so delicious I’d love try it. The food looks so vibrant and packed full of flavour.

    1. The dishes were all tasty and well made.

  45. Oh wow, I do love a good restaurant chain, I have not yet tried Ceru but their food looks absolutely delicious

    1. Their food is really good. It’s a restaurant that I would highly recommend.

  46. I love the look of the dips. I wouldn’t mind going out for a nice meal somewhere, feels like forever since I last did

    1. I think you should rectify that fast!

  47. My mouth is watering! I went to a Turkish restaurant recently and the food was similar, but no where near as nicely presented!

    1. I bet you had a lovely time. The food here was lovely. I highly recommend it.

  48. Oh my! The food looks and sounds wonderful, one to visit on our next trip to London

    1. It sure is, you’ll love the food there x

  49. I’ve never tried Levantine cuisine before but the dishes all look delicious. The lamb looks delicious.

    1. It was yummy!

  50. Now this is my kind of restaurant – the food looks delicious! I’m in Soho quite a bit so I’ll have to check them out x

    1. The food there was lovely. If you are around I suggest you pop in, you will love it!

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