04 Jun 2018
Bringing bold flavours and an abundance of sunshine to central London, Levantine restaurant, CERU (short for Cerulean, the brightest of azure blues), is now open on Soho’s D’Arblay Street.
CERU takes diners on a flavour journey with sharing dishes inspired by the melting pot of cultures found in the Levant region – where the eastern Mediterranean meets the Middle East. With recipes from Cyprus to Syria, Turkey to Jordan, expect punchy flavours, a dizzy array of fresh herbs, spices, plenty of squeezes of lemon, sprinkles of jewel-like pomegranate seeds and a whole host of nuts, from pine and pistachio to almond and sesame.
Often cited as one of the world’s healthiest cuisines with lots of vegetarian and vegan options, Levantine dishes typically use plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, grilled meat and fish. The food at CERU stays true to this tradition with an almost wholly gluten and dairy-free menu, all served from an open-plan theatre kitchen.
Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, highlights include a kaleidoscope of exotic homemade dips, such as Pancar (roast beetroot, yogurt, garlic and pistachio) and Fadi (fried baby courgette puree with tahini, roast garlic, yogurt and lemon) served with freshly-baked pita bread; slow roasted melt-in-the- mouth lamb shoulder, marinated in the secret 12-spice blend, served with pomegranate, fresh mint and pistachio; salt cod and turmeric potato fritters; Persian beef kafta; and crisp apple, mint and pomegranate salad.
The wine list has been carefully curated to read like a sommelier’s Grand Tour of the Eastern Med, with a nod to the Levant’s rich history of winemaking. Explore superb reds, whites and rosés sourced from countries including Lebanon to Macedonia at incredibly accessible prices and served by the glass and carafe, encouraging diners to explore outside their usual grapes.
For the cocktail crowd, there’s fresh and exotic flavour combinations such as the Turkish Delight or opt for the signature “Spiked” Turkish apple tea with Morgan’s spiced rum. Beer drinkers can enjoy a range of bottled varieties including a vegan and gluten-free three-grain Pale Ale and Pilsner, brewed exclusively for CERU.
Operating a ‘zero straws’ and almost plastic-free policy, sustainability is at the heart of CERU. The restaurant also raises funds for the World Land Trust, of which Sir David Attenborough is a patron, by offering BRITA filtered water for a discretionary £1 per jug. Donations go to the charity’s work in protecting and expanding Armenia’s Caucasus Wildlife Refuge that looks after critically threatened species exclusive to the region like the Snow Leopard, Syrian Brown Bear and Grey Wolf.
The sunshine flavours of CERU’s food is reflected in the décor with interiors that transport you somewhere far removed from the city streets. Fully retractable front-terrace windows bring the outside in and flood the restaurant with natural daylight. Low lit pendant lighting, geometric print banquettes, brightly coloured Moroccan ceramics, and weathered yellow walls create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. An impressive three-metre living palm tree and a bespoke floor-to-ceiling glass wall, etched with an original Levant tree design, are matched with ornate wood panelling and individually crafted handmade lamps throughout, encapsulating the rich, exotic textures synonymous with the Middle East.
Fragrant spices and exciting flavours, take an exotic journey to CERU where food from the east equals feast.
Note: Ceru Soho is the Levantine’s brand second site. The first branch is located on Bute Street in South Kensington.
11 D’Arblay Street, Soho, London, W1F 8DS 020 3195 3002 | www.cerurestaurants.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday – Saturday: Midday – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 10pm
Weekend brunch served 11am – 5pm, alongside All-Day Menu
For more information, please contact Kara Giglio or Georgina Jolley at Roche Communications on 020 7436 1111 or email@example.com