A Levantine feast at CERU Soho

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Go on a flavour journey with recipes from Cyprus to Syria, Turkey to Jordan. Expect 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…

Bringing bold flavours and sunshine to central London, Levantine restaurant, CERU (short for Cerulean, the brightest of azure blues), on Soho’s D’Arblay Street is sure to brighten up your day.

Sharing dishes are inspired by the melting pot of cultures found in the Levant region – where the eastern Mediterranean meets the Middle East.  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.

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, 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.

Address: CERU Soho, 11 D’Arblay Street, Soho, London, W1F 8DS (the first branch is located on Bute Street in South Kensington)

Visit the CERU website

Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.

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