Sick of turkey already? I know just the place for a Winter Warmer.
Now that my little Giveaway has ended (thank you to everyone who entered!) I can get back to normality of posting recipes and reviews of my latest favourite spots. This is a long overdue post, slap on the wrist for me - but a few weeks ago I visited a funky little pop up with my old pal, Alex. Ceru is an eastern Mediterranean restaurant serving up wonderful Levantine inspired dishes. Ceru currently has a winter-themed menu in their pop-up restaurant at 135 Cannon Street, which I couldn't resist as I was only round the corner. The venue is small and intimate with vibrant colours but presented in a tasteful manner. To drink, I had a Passionista - vodka, passion fruit, vanilla and lime juice. Creamy, refreshing and went down way too quickly. Alex had a good old mojito. There's only about ten different alcoholic cocktails on the menu, but as the staff are beyond accommodating, I'm sure they could happily whip you up something if your drink of choice isn't offered.
The menu is simplistic and easy to read - none of this fancy terminology that no one can pronounce, just good grub. Our waiter kindly recommended some of their best dishes and we had about five between two of us, which was plenty. We had 3 dips and pita to share, including a roasted beetroot and pistachio dip, a courgette puree and classic houmous - a Med must-have! Then an apple, pomegranate and mint salad for a fresh and cooling side. The spiced squid and red pepper salad was great, although I would have preferred more squid to pepper ratio. However, I'm just being picky. My two favourite dishes were the herbed zucchini and feta cheese fritters and the slow roasted lamb shoulder with shawarma spices. The fritters were so delicious cooked with the perfect amount of oil, not dripping in grease. I'm afraid I didn't snap a picture of this dish as we most likely wolfed it down instantly. The lamb shoulder was equally sublime, so tender and almost falling apart, melting in your mouth.
*Ceru very kindly invited me free of charge.
Queue: There was almost no queue. We visited on a Thursday night at around 7pm.
Price: Unbelievably good value, I think the most expensive dish is £9.95.
Ambience: Lovely staff, really helpful and friendly. Fun interior with bright colours, nothing overly fancy.
Ceru Winter pop-up is open until December 24th 2015. Perfect for someone who fancies something a little different.
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.