The thing that drew us to Ceru is the flexibility and accessibility of the menu. We’ve mentioned before how one of our most common dining companions is coeliac, and Ceru’s menu is exclusively gluten free with the exception of the pita bread. Levantine cooking is also traditionally super healthy, mostly dairy free, and very veggie focused. Basically everything you could want for a summer meal.
Albeit there were only two of us dining, we gave it a good crack of trying everything on the menu. The selection of three dips that got us started raised the bar high and remained one of the best things we ate. The White Bean and Vine Tomato Salad with zhug dressing was light and paired well with the other dishes. Grilled Halloumi and Red Peppers was delivered with hefty steaks of halloumi (the only way to eat Halloumi) and a deceptively spicy but delicious harissa dressing. The Whole Grilled Prawns were disappointedly cooked beyond an edge of life and were rubbery and dry, but the gluten free Spice Battered Squid made up for it. These were a ceoliac’s dream! While the chicken Shish Taouk was tasty but a little unimpressionable, the overall standout was the Lamb Shoulder - slow roasted for 5 hours in a secret blend of 12 Shawarma spices, with a pomegranate, fresh mint and pistachio sauce – crumbling like butter on our plate, each bite blowing us away with flavour.
By this point we were well and truly stuffed, but we were led astray down a dark path of desire by our waitress who encouraged us to end on the Dark Chocolate Mousse with sour cherry and pistachio. A devilishly indulgent conclusion.
Ceru, 11 D’Arblay Street, Soho