Ceru, a Levantine restaurant has brought the sunshine to Soho by opening up it’s doors on D’Arblay Street. Their menu has a mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes inspired by Cypriot, Syrian and Turkish cuisine amongst others due to the melting pot of cultures found in the Levant region. Think mint, lemon, nuts and pomegranate jewels adorning your plate.
As a vegan there’s no need to worry about finding something suitable to eat as Levantine cuisine incorporates plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit so you will be spoilt for choice. We certainly had a feast and a half but everything was very decently priced too. It was recommended to order 3 to 4 dishes per person as like tapas their menu is built for sharing. My kind of menu.
To start we chose a couple of dips. They did have hummus on the menu but we opted for the two that we hadn’t heard of before – Fadi and Ceru Hammara. Let’s just say that the Fadi dip i could have eaten with a spoon. It was zesty and creamy with a very subtle zucchini flavour. I loved it. The Ceru Hammara was less to my taste, but nice all the same.
Ceru Hammara (on the left) a tangy reg pepper dip with walnuts and pomegranate molasses. Fadi (on the right) roasted zucchini, garlic, lemon and tahini
Unsurprisingly i love a good salad. However i hadn’t considered making an apple salad before and in this heat – OH MY – it totally works. The combination of the fresh mint and the extra sweetness of the pomegranate seeds is a winning combination. I’ll be recreating this at home. Imagine it alongside a BBQ – yum!
Crisp apple, mint and pomegranate salad with pea shoots, roasted pine nuts and green chilli
The Sultan salad was equally divine. There were so many different textures in this dish and a combination of ingredients that i wouldn’t have necessarily put together myself, but it worked.
The Sultan Salad. Ottoman inspired salad of dried fruits, wholegrain rice, toasted almonds and olives
The aubergine dish came with a yogurt dressing but ask for it without and it’s vegan. I’m so glad that i ordered it as the aubergine was cooked to perfection and with the chermoula sauce didn’t lack in any flavour.
Roasted aubergines with chermoula
For many years i’ve underestimated cauliflower but it makes a fine dish which Ceru have proved with this beauty. The dish was a simple cooked cauliflower adorned with onions and pomegranate seeds but it tasted fantastic. If you were going to choose three dishes then this one with the aubergine and the Sultan Salad would go beautifully together.
Spiced warm cauliflower and walnut with pomegranate, spring onion and mint
For dessert there was one option for vegans and that was the sorbet. It would be nice to see another option however the sorbet was very refreshing.
As a person who loves to try a little of everything Ceru is the perfect choice of restaurant for me, as is The Real Greek with a similar style. I wish that every restaurant did tapas plates! Whether you want to stop off for a light lunch and dinner with friends you’ll be able to find something suitable here.
One of the other things that i love about Ceru is their “plastic free” policy. This is a hot topic at the moment and it’s great to see a restaurant such as Ceru doing their part.
So if you’re looking for somewhere to brunch or dine with friends in this beautiful weather then give Ceru a go. You will not be disappointed.
Are you a fan of tapas like dishes, or do you prefer a plate to yourself?