Ceru, the popular Middle Eastern street food vendor, pops-up in its temporary Fiztrovia home until end of April. Ceru offers Levant regional flavors from Israel, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Turkey with an extensive all-day food and drink menu.
Though housed in a tiny space, Ceru’s layout is just as smart and subtly hip as its Fitzrovia environs, outfitted with tanned woods, cerulean accents, and bright yellow furnishings, including “skateboard” seats nestled under the bar.
There you’ll find affordable mezzes served as shared plates, and the great balance of fish, vegetarian, and certified-halal meat dishes are sure to appease everyone’s preferences. Ethical eats are a priority here too, as executive chef Tom Kline locally sources ingredients and strictly uses sustainably caught seafood in his kitchen.
Those seeking Middle Eastern dishes beyond the usual hummus and kebabs will be spoilt for choice at Ceru. Start with a fadi, a pita-ready dip of fried baby zucchini puree with tahini, roast garlic, yogurt, and lemon. For mains, their karaz spiced baked lamb meatballs with sweet and sour cherry and cranberry sauce is a winner, as is their seared sea bream with oregano and chili.
Won’t be in London in time to try their lovely pop-up? The Ceru team will return to their vendor roots and appear at food festivals around the U.K. beginning in May 2015.