Ceru Inspired By The Middle East

I recently had the pleasure of attending the opening of the new kid on the Kings Cross block Ceru, a stunning venue clean and fresh with a delicious menu to match.


Following the huge success of Levantine restaurant Ceru across three locations in London, Ceru has now officially launched its Sydney store. Ceru Sydney is headed up by renowned International Chef Tom Kime and is set to become one of Sydney’s top restaurants, being situated on the ground floor of the Larmont Hotel in Potts Point.

Chermoula roast beetroot with spice roast almonds & Cardamom yoghurt 3

Taking a different approach to food from the Levant region (Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan and Israel), Tom and the Middle East to tell one heck of a story. Inspired by the street food of the Eastern Mediterranean and Levant, our dishes are made with culinary authenticity, choosing their own identity rather than bowing to regional traditions. We call it ‘food without borders’.”


With a menu packed full of dishes to share with friends, there is guaranteed to be something to suit every taste bud, from marinated and fried halloumi with cherry tomatoes, olives and oregano, to slow roasted lamb shoulder with shawarma spices list that is full of biodynamic, chemical free options sourced from Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the globe to cater for all tastes and experiences. Beer lovers can sample Australian craft beers from boutique producers while coffee addicts can taste some of the best organic, free trade, Rainforest Alliance certified coffee in Australia.

Lamb meatballs in a sweet and sour cherry & cranberry sauce, with Karaz spices and cucumber yoghurt

With an experienced Sydney hospitality team on-board, the cocktail list has been carefully curated to suit all tastebuds, including a Ginger Margarita and a Peach and Sesame Sour, it is going to be hard to resist. Along with an envious wine, beer and spirit collection, there is also a wide range of alternative soft drink options, notably a variety of daily homemade lemonades including Basil and Honey, and Passionfruit, as well as freshly squeezed organic juices.

Seared gurnard with oregano & crushed chilli with fried garlic chips

Not only does Ceru provide an extensive menu with something for everyone, they have taken a great interest in the provenance and ethics of the produce. The seafood is all sustainable, the juices will all be organic, the wines will be chemical free and organic and coffee will be fair trade. Wanting to cater for as many people as possible, the menu is 95% gluten free, paleo, vegan and vegetarian friendly.

Signature dish - Slow roast lamb shoulder, Shawama spices & pomegranate, mint & pistachio dressing

From the moment you step into Ceru you will feel like you have been transported to a serene holiday destination. The bright blue and yellow colour scheme coupled with distressed and reclaimed wood creates an amazing Eastern Mediterranean

Ceru is one restaurant to add to your ‘not to be missed’ list and even if you don’t want to dine in, there are takeaway options, a catering service for any party you’re throwing and even a delivery service (coming soon).

Turmeric and coriander roast potatoes

Ceru will be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from Monday: 7am – 11pm, Tuesday – Friday: 7am – midnight, Saturday: 8am – midnight & Sunday: 8am – 10pm


2-14 Kings Cross Rd, Potts Point NSW 2011

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by Arrnott Olssen
Editor Rogue Homme