You might remember back in the summer i went along to incredibly cool 'London Riveria' to try Ceru. You might remember I loved it. You might also remember it was sadly only a pop-up so you'll understand my excitement when I found out Ceru were back in town & this time hanging out in the city - a hop, skip and a jump away from Bank station.
The very lovely Snita of HerFavFood invited me along to a little blogger dinners so we could try out the food and very importantly the drinks. Any good blogging meet-up has to start with cocktails so we happily obliged with the Passionists (£8) - a fruity blend of vanilla, vodka, passionfruit and lime to get things off to a very good start...
We started with a bread basket of freshly baked pitta bread (£1) with a trio of dips including hummus (£3.95), fadi - made with courgette, tahini and garlic (£5.75) and pancar, a beetroot & yoghurt dip (£4.95). I'm not a big beetroot fan so I steered clear of the pancar but managed to squirrell the fadi (my favourite) down my end of the table. Next up we had a crisp apple salad with pomegranate, mint, green chilli, lime and pine nuts (£5.50) Everything was incredibly fresh and so tasty. I love using pomegranate in salads and the dressing had just the right amount of 'zing' to make this salad anything but rabbit food. Ceru is a veggie heaven. Most of the dishes on the menu use vegetables as their star and showcase just how versatile cooking without meat can be. I loved the herbed courgette and feta fritters (£4.95) - the cumin & cayenne pepper gave them a little kick of spice which is perfectly cooled with a creamy yoghurt dip.
If you're memory is good, you'll remember last time I went to ceru - my dish of the night was the slow-roasted lamb (more on that to come) but tonight it was trumped by aubergine. I know. I've lost my mind. In what world would I ever prefer aubergine over lamb but I'm serious, the roasted baby aubergines with tomato and yoghurt were a complete game-changer for me (£4.95).
In fairness, cooked aubergine has a fairly meat-like texture to it and the spicy tomato sauce had my name written all over it so I was always going to love this dish. I'm even considering attempting it at home, I love it that much!
Even though I've got my new-found love for the baby aubergines, you can't deny that the signature slow roast lamb shoulder with shawarma spices (£9) is an absolute knock-out. The juicy, succulent, fall-apart lamb drizzled with a fresh pomegranate and pistachio dressing is incredible so it's no wonder it's a favourite with so many visitors.
As you can imagine, we were pretty filled to the brim by this point but there's always a little room for pudding. We finished off with the simple but delicious ice cream baklava. Pistachio ice cream with roast nut brittle & burnt honey caramel (£5.50). A perfect way to finish a lovely evening.
As ever I'm a big fan of Ceru. The food is always incredible good quality and packs so much flavour. I believe they are staying at the Cannon Street site until January so move quick and make sure you try it while they are still there.
Make sure you check out my lovely dining companions while you're at it: Snita, Tahira, Binny and Felicia.
135 Cannon St, London EC4N 5BP
* I was a guest of Ceru. My food was complimentary