Summer at CERU: Our new Menu & Gluten-free craft beers
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Our new summer menu features tasty new plates such as seasonal asparagus, sticky chicken wings, roast aubergine in a supremely rich date and soy sauce, and the lip-smackin’ goats’ cheese ice cream with our own rhubarb compote.

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All these and more dishes can be paired with our three in-house craft beers, the vegan and gluten-free Pilsner and Pale Ale, and the brand new Levare Amber, whose taste notes of damask rose, orange blossom, honey and saffron pairs brilliantly with the new honey-and-rose scented lamb kebabs.

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Our beers are made in collaboration with the Hop Kettle Brewery in Swindon, and later in the year they’ll be available as beautifully packaged gift packs.

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Five reasons to try Levantine food
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Combining the variety of rich flavours found in the Levant, we take our guests on a journey across the Middle East in the heart of London. But what is the Levant, you might ask?

The Levant broadly encompasses Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, and Palestine, making it a kaleidoscope of flavour, spices, and culture. With a rich tapestry of variety and a kaleidoscopic history behind each and every flavour, Levantine food is to die for.

As if that wasn’t enough of a reason, here are our top five reasons why you need to try Levantine food: 

1) It’s the food of the rising sun

The word ‘levant’ is French for ‘rising sun’. It was first used roughly 500 years ago to refer to folks living or working near the Mediterranean Sea who mediated between the East and the West. This intersection of art, literature, language, and most importantly, food became a melting pot culture that celebrated the world outside the borders of maps. 

2) It’s the food of the ‘fertile crescent’ 

Nowadays, Levantine refers to the cultures and countries in the southeast corner of the Mediterranean. And in that corner of the Earth, humans embarked on their first adventures in agriculture more than 10,000 years ago. Fresh, locally-sourced produce makes Levantine food high-quality and high in flavour.

3) It’s the food of the Roman Empire 

Although the ancient Romans may not have a rosy track record, it’s safe to say they had great taste in cuisine. Hummus, baba ghanoush, and tabbouleh were often feasted on by the Romans and Phoenicians back in the day. You can even read of skewered meats – a famous Levantine/Turkish dish – in ‘Homer’s Odyssey.’ The kebab is as old as poetry itself!

4) It’s the food of endless variety 

With hundreds of spices at their disposal, the Levantine locals could have easily hosted the Food Network with their expansive cookbooks. Just take Levantine dips – a side-dish or simple condiment to some. But, the Levantines prioritise it above all, including several variations of hummus, alongside smaller plates of fadi (zucchini, yoghurt, lemon, and tahini) and hammera (red pepper, pomegranates, and walnuts). Even with just 1% of the Levantine recipe book, you can see how endless the flavour combinations can be. 

5) It’s perfect for any diet

Chickpeas, tahini, halloumi, aubergine, peppers, zucchini, olives, pomegranates, mint, and lemon – all these are among the Levant’s staple ingredients, and perfect for Vegetarian’s and Vegan’s intent on an evening’s feasting, scooped up in strips of fresh-baked pita bread.

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Three chefs from the mountains of Lebanon at CERU Soho

Past event

 
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The CERU team, including founder Barry Hilton, are embarking on a trip to Lebanon as part of an exciting collaboration with Tawlet restaurant in Beirut. We’ll also be touring other parts of the Country to meet and cook with local artisan food and wine producers.

Following the trip, we have invited the wonderful chefs from Tawlet back to our Soho restaurant to create their own traditional dishes from the mountain villages.

 
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These home cooks are bringing authentic Lebanese food to Soho
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