If you visit London this Summer I would strongly encourage you to stop by Ceru Restaurant where you might find yourself sitting by the banks of the River Thames sipping cocktails in the sun and enjoying fine Levantine street-food. Ceru Restaurant has officially relocated to the London Riviera at More London Place for the coming months (until October) and with this scorching weather we are having already it has fast become my favourite Summer spot. I was invited along to the Ceru Restaurant Bloggers Event last night to celebrate their opening and sample the menu. If you follow me on Periscope(@BoopFashionista) you will have seen my live broadcasts from the event and in today’s post I’ll share my thoughts on the menu and atmosphere as a whole.
The Pop-up Restaurant
I actually work in More London Place so the colourful set-up had caught my eye earlier in the week and I genuinely could not wait for the bloggers event evening to arrive! I mean look at it – the restaurant just completely stands out and screams fun nestled amongst the tourist favourites in the middle of London’s bustling financial district.
When I arrived I met with Jeanne-Marie B and Vicky from Dalton Banks and we got chatting straight away. It was a lot of fun to meet so many foodie bloggers and I think this is something I could end up writing about a little bit more here on the blog as I begin to explore London’s hidden foodie treasures. After a lovely welcome by the team from Ceru we met with executive chef Tom Kime who gave us an introduction to the theme of the restaurant – Food without borders. Ceru is inspired by the Levantine region which is an area in the Middle-East.
The Food & Drink
We were treated to samples from the cocktail menu including Berry Nice to Meet You, Citrus Bullet and Riviera Ginger Mule which were super refreshing and would make for a perfect Friday evening treat when you leave the office. The cocktail menu will actually be changing in tune to the various London Summer themes so pop down and see what they have to offer at the time of your visit.
Tom explained that his food is based on the concept of – hot, sweet, salt and sour and this was evident in the dishes we tried including various dips and bread, crispy spiced squid, slow roast lamb shoulder and herbed zucchini and feta cheese fritters. Every dish was absolutely delicious andI really enjoyed this new food experience. We also tried various veggie dishes including both a spiced carrot salad and a cauliflower and pomegranate salad. Let me tell you – I am the least veggie-loving person in the entire world and I thought these dishes were yum!! They made vegetables fun, colourful and tasty.
Ceru pop-up restaurant is friendly for all kinds of eaters as there are dishes suitable for vegetarians and gluten-free.
I will definitely be popping back for another visit shortly. I had such a fun night and would highly recommend this spot for your visit to London or even just for a night out with friends. It’s like being on a Summer Holiday right in Central London and it really doesn’t get much better than that!
Chef Tom Kime also has an awesome Street Food book out which might inspire you to recreate some of the world’s most exciting snacks.
Let me know in the comments if any of you have been to Ceru Restaurant before and I’d love to know your favourite London Summer Foodie spots.