Good Things’ Taste Drive: Ceru

Sophie Ritchie spends an evening at this tucked away South Kensington restaurant for a Mediterranean meal to remember 

Bustling with hungry customers even on a weeknight, meet Ceru –  a contemporary Levantine restaurant offering a range of dishes inspired by the flavours of the eastern Mediterranean coast. With an almost entirely gluten-free menu that aims to champion the ingredients of the Levant region, I visit for dinner with a friend to try the flavour journey for myself – and it doesn’t fall short of expectations.

The venue

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Expect to feel almost a million miles away from the suburban streets of South Kensington. Think bright and vibrant yellow interiors with stylish wall art and seriously cool multi patterned textile chair backs. The venue feels as friendly as its staff – who are immediately welcoming and chat away during our meal.

The food

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This is an ideal spot if you’re looking for an evening of laid-back relaxing and a table laden with sharing dishes. The team recommend ordering between three to four dishes per person – we opt for a range and waste no time in tucking in after making the most of our Greek pitta bread bowl.

If you like a bite of luscious lamb, make sure to order the lamb shoulder (£10). Slow roasted for five hour in a secret blend of Shwarma spices, it arrives peppered with pomegranate as well as fresh mint and pistachio sauce – and is utterly tender to glide a fork through.

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One of the best points about the menu at Ceru is that there’s something for everyone. Fish fans should opt for the traditional Karides (£9) – whole grilled juicy garlic prawns which arrive gleaming on a skewer. Another must-try is the fillet of sea bream (£9.50). A zingy and light delight, the fish is served with a delectable lemon dressing and topped with fiery red chilli – ideal for those who prefer a kick with their dish.

Our stomachs may be full but a sweet tooth can never be denied. To finish, we choose refreshing mint tea and duo of desserts to share – the dark chocolate mousse (£5.25) and a plate of spice roasted pears (£4.50) which make an excellent flavour pairing.

The mousse is incredibly rich, but arrives in a small enough portion to avoid leaving us feeling stuffed, whilst the gorgeously presented pears are soft and supple, complimented well by an orange blossom labneh.

The verdict

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Fresh, full of zest (from its food to its decor) and an ideal choice if you like authentically delicious food with a friendly atmosphere. See you soon, Ceru.

Make it happen
Where: 7-9 Bute St, Kensington, London SW7 3EY
Bookings: Phone 020 3195 3001 or click here

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