A London based mainstay of the catering/pop-up/festivals circuit, contemporary Levantine restaurant Ceru will take up permanent residence this December in South Kensington in its own Bute Street restaurant.
I dropped by their production kitchen earlier this week for a taste of the menu and reckon So Ken diners are in for a flavoursome filling Middle Eastern treat.
Best bites for me included Ceru’s signature slow roasted lamb shoulder with shawarma spices and pomegranate and pistachio dressing; surprisingly moreish herbed zucchini fritters with cumin, dill and feta cheese; and crisp apple and mint salad with pomegranate and green chilli. A “Flavours of Baklava” dessert featuring almond brittle with cardamom ice cream provided an especially yummy end. But those are just a few of the dishes I tried during the preview dinner that appealed most to me. Everything sampled was delicious and attractively presented.
A wine list focused on the Eastern Med and a bespoke drinks menu (watch out for the aptly named Too Hot to Handle whisky and chilli cocktail – wow!) round out what promises to be a welcome addition to the Kensington dining scene.
When it opens in December, Ceru will be located at 7-9 Bute Street, SW7 3EY. Find out more at cerurestaurants.com.