Jeru, a Middle Eastern inspired destination venue, is set to open at the beginning of Decembe on Berkeley Street, London, W1. It will be famed Australian Chef Roy Ner’s first UK restaurant in partnership with Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group.
The name Jeru means ‘old city’ in Byzantine time. It was a place of nomadic tribal people where many different cultures collided – a true melting pot. The food at Jeru has drawn inspiration from this and Chef Ner has placed discovery and exploration at the heart of the Jeru journey.
Guests will be enticed into the venue by the ever-tempting smell of freshly baked bread from the onsite bakery that welcomes them upon entering. Signature Yemenite butter bread, whipped curd, heritage tomato pulp and Short rib burnt ends & Persian feta Börek will be on offer.
The bakery will be open all day from late January 2022 and will serve a selection of pastries, coffees, salads, small plates and natural wines.
From the bakery, guests enter through a traditional Middle Eastern arched doorway that leads into the main restaurant. A bespoke herb chandelier hangs over the stairs and banquette seating, with built-in wine coolers, surround tables that face the open kitchen.
Here, the finest British produce will share the table with producers from around the world – menu highlights include: Charcoal octopus, cuttlefish ragu, black spinach, chilli; Langoustine Murtabak, labneh, chili, smoked eel salsa; Charcoal roast aubergine, macadamia milk, dry aged smoked lamb; Levantine lobster & prawn dumplings, burnt harissa butter and Hasselback Jerusalem artichokes, goat’s whey & anchovies.
Chef Ner is working with the finest charcuterie experts in the UK to create unique menu items that haven’t been seen before in the UK; Angus rump basturma and lamb and fennel salami will be served, as well as the first lamb bacon in collaboration with Hammond Charcuterie, with more artisan speciality meats coming soon from Jeru.
“We want people to feel at home when they visit us”, says Ner, “guests will be able to see into the open charcoal kitchen, see where we dry age our seafood, beef and lamb, and see their dish come to life.”
A ‘wine room’, that doubles as a private dining option, will offer an extensive wine and champagne menu curated to complement the menu and ethos. Showcased in a custom made 1,000 bottle, wine wall, it includes the finest wines from the first producers in Phoenicia and Georgia through to modern day New World wines.
Moving through the venue, descend the stairs to discover Layla bar on the lower level. Layla is a sophisticated cocktail bar with lush banquette seating serving fine wines and spirits and boasting a high-end specialty cocktail menu using flavour elements of the Middle East.
Layla overlooks the ultra-chic sunken lounge that will transform into a high energy dining concept at night. It will feature a rotation of London’s finest DJs accompanied by live percussion and saxophones to provide a new addition to Mayfair’s social scene.
Jeru will be open for dinner from mid-December. The downstairs bar Layla is planned to open at the end of January, along with the all-day bakery.