As you will have seen from my previous post, a few weekends ago I spent a long weekend in Cambridge. You can read all about it here. Whilst we were there our activities seemed to primarily focus around eating and drinking – the best way to spend a long weekend, I am sure you agree.
One of the restaurants we visited was, Michelin star accredited, Alimentum. Set just outside the city centre this little restaurant is beautifully decorated and amply sized. From the long bar where you can take a seat on arrival, to the dining area with viewing window in to the kitchen and tables spaced just far enough apart to ensure your conversation remains private.
First of all I would say that the staff here really could not do enough to accommodate you. They were each extremely presentable, well spoken and were on hand to assist for the duration of the meal – plus you never felt like there was a rush to hurry up and eat, despite the restaurant being full to capacity on a Saturday evening.
Sitting for a drink at the bar on arrival we were provided with some olives and some other unique appetisers, although you’ll forgive me as I can’t remember exactly what they contained they featured a citrusy wafer which on it’s own was an interesting concept. This was savoured with a glass of wine, recommended by the bar man.
The menu itself is fairly small but perfectly formed. With dishes this interesting and lavish I don’t think you need a large menu in order to accommodate all guests, plus tables alongside us wanted some alterations to dishes and this was no problem whatsoever.
For our starter we selected Quail (Breast and legs, broccoli, lime and peanut) & Eel (Smoked, gooseberry, fennel, buttermilk). The quail was absolutely delicious and I was impressed too at the portion size. It went really well with the peanut accompaniment also.
Eel was not something I have tried before, but never one to shy away from trying something new I sampled the dish and was delightfully impressed. I would say that the texture was pretty much what I had expected, which was no bad thing, and the flavours of the dish were fantastic.
For the main event we selected the Dingely Dell Pork (Belly and fillet, cabbage and apple) & Wood Pigeon (Rossini, mushroom, bacon, peas and truffle sauce). Whilst wood pigeon is something I have tried before this dish was 10x better than when I have previously had it. The meat was tender and absolutely delicious, perfectly matched with the bacon and mushroom.
Equally the pork was of a “melt in the mouth” texture and there was a little bit of food envy too!
I cannot express how truly delicious both courses were, and I also loved that the fact that we were able to try some alternative meats too – rather than the typical options at standard restaurants.
Whilst it’s slightly off the main path within Cambridge, if you are in the area then you just must visit Alimentum – whether for a special occasion or just a meal for two it really won’t disappoint.
At just under £150 for the two of us I thought it was exceptionally good value for the quality of food and for the fact it is Michelin star rated. If we are ever back in the area, which we no doubt will be, I would not hesitate to visit again.0