Ceru, London


Is there a time you feel like escaping the bustling city without stepping outside the city? I certainly do, it is the laziness in myself that gets in the way. Look no further to river Thames. Step into the summer oasis that is London Riviera, bringing the ridiculousness of Miami and the sophistication of the French Riviera to the Southbank (outside City Hall). Sipping cocktails on the sun lounger, plastic flamingos under the scorching sun (if the weather permits) and the beautiful view of Tower Bridge.

Ceru, a pop up restaurant residing at the London Riviera from now until the end of summer brings the vibrate flavour of Levant to the sun. Before today, I would not have know what Levant was. Levantine cuisine, a merge of Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern so think hummus, flatbread, slow roasted lamb shoulder with shawarma spices and all sort of yummy colourful food. I heard rave reviews on Ceru when they were poping up at other places, I know it was time to make a intrigual visit.


During one lunch time, I decided to take the bus from one side of the city to crossing the river just to sample the Levantine food and it was worth every effort of it.


Crisp Apple, Pomegranate & Mint Salad

Lamb Wrap

Unbuttoning the top button of my trouser, releasing the extra inch of hidden waistline. Oh yes, I did indeed devoured the dips with pitta bread, salad and wrap all by myself. Freshly baked pitta bread with pancar (roast beetroot, yoghurt, garlic and pistachio nuts), the dip was not something I tasted before and the beetroot was not an overpowering flavour with the pitta bread, simply good. Crisp apple, pomegranate and mint salad (with green chilli, lemon and roasted pine nuts) was a winner salad for me. Who would have thought apple in a salad can be so tasty, so fresh and so additive? Shredded pieces of tender shawarma spiced lamb with wilted spinach and tahini wrapped in a flatbread was equally delicious, the depth of flavour was incredible. I wished these sort of work lunch was available to me everyday.

Homemade Still Lemonade

Watermelon Juice

Unwillingly to return to work, I felt like I was on holiday chilling out on homemade still lemonade and watermelon juice. The food was enjoyable and the vibrate colour suited the healthy vibe perfectly, colourful vegetables, mostly using olive oil rather dairy, halal meats, gluten free and many options for different diets requirement. Sad to know, I needed to return back to work after the greediness in me consuming so much deliciousness. Good to know, I took the leftover to munch on at work.

Score: 3/5
Price: £5-15/head

I was invited to review.

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