Thursday, 2 July 2015

Ceru at London Riviera: where you can have a Levantine summer in London

The heat is definitely on in London and I know a pretty cool spot where you can chill out whilst catching some sunshine kisses. 

Remember how I raved about the Levantine pop-up Ceru? Well, they're back with a powwow boom, setting up shop at the London Riviera in More London. They're staying until end of October, so best trot along the south bank and bag yourselves a lounge bed with awesome views of the London skyline by Tower Bridge.

Celebrating Chef Tom Kime's healthy and sustainable food ethics, Ceru's menu is just as delicious and even more colourful as ever.

They've invited a bunch of us social media foodies to feast on Ceru's favourites as well as the new offerings.

My personal favourite and serious highlight of the night was a roasted cauliflower dish topped with pomegranate, walnuts, pomegranate and a hint of vinaigrette. The play on texture is just mind-blowing and the flavour play was surprising; the earthy walnut lifted the flavours of the cauliflower whilst the juicy pomegranate seeds added a nice, sweet, acidic touch. I am in love with the simplicity and complexity of this dish.

There was also a new honey roasted carrot dish topped with superseeds and creme fraiche dollops. It seemed like one of those sides you can't get enough of when you have a nice roast for dinner, but it can definitely stand out as a main course, too.

The dips are still as good as I remember, the spicy red pepper dip still frontlining for my tastebuds.

The roast shawarma spiced lamb shoulder surprised me this time, because it was even better than the last time I had it. The meat was just so juicy and tender! The pomegranate seeds somehow made it taste and seem light, too. 

Calamari: still a favourite, ideally with beer

Courgette and mussell fritters: an interesting twist 

Honeycomb ice cream topped with baklava flavours: the only type of baklava I've ever enjoyed.

Ciroc provided us with quite a lot of cocktails. By the time the third concoction arrived, we were getting a bit merry!

I totally recommend visiting this summer oasis in the city. Can't always guarantee the weather (this is Engerland, after all), but there's good food, good booze, amazing views and a great lineup of events you just can't miss out on.

Ceru at London Riviera
Queen's Walk, More London, London SE1

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  1. Ahhh Honey I've read a few posts about this place now and everyone is raving - the food all looks and sounds SO delicious - really up my street. I love good vegetable dishes and that shawarma lamb looks to die for! Really hope I get to make it over on a sunny day soon... Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

    1. Go visit, Andrea - I'm a huge fan of Ceru and yes, the vegetable dishes were soooo yummy! x

  2. Seriously, everything looks oh so delicious! And I'm not even a fan of very healthy food.

  3. The food looks great. :D I walked past it the other day and grabbed a drink with my flatmate, when we walked from Bermondsey all the way to Waterloo to enjoy the warm weather. So fun!

    1. It's such a nice walk as well, isn't it? That part of London is so picturesque!

  4. That honeycomb ice-cream looks incredible!
    Everything looks delicious here! Looks like you had so much fun

    Paula | Lifestyle & Laffs

    1. It's such a nice atmosphere, that spot. Shame about the weather these days, though!