Alimentum – Good value Michelin-star dining in Cambridge

the complimentary pre-starter
We began our culinary adventure with water, sparkling wine and olives, and a canape in delicate mini-cones was a fun twist!

Last week we dined at Restaurant Alimentum in Cambridge to celebrate my partner Steve’s birthday. We had been intending to try this 1 Michelin star restaurant for some time, but felt it needed a special occasion. On arrival I had pre-ordered a glass of sparkling wine, Franciacorta Montenisa, Brut, Lombardy, Italy. 

Once seated in the light and spacious dining room enjoying our wine with complimentary olives, we ordered bottles of still and sparkling water and perused the menu. Whilst we made our choices from the A La Carte menu the most delicious bread in the form of mini loaves of milk, and sage and onion bread with artisan butter was served.

The menu was exciting and we were really spoiled for choice as there were so many delicious starters, mains and desserts I would liked to have tried, but by this stage I had already decided that we would be returning to experience the taster menu!

test
To start our complimentary canape was a mini-cone filled with pea puree and soft cheese

Best described as Modern European food in style the menus offer a choice of Fixed-price, A La Carte, or A Taste of Alimentum. The Tasting menus are offered in either 7 or 10 course options, and seemed to be a popular choice with other diners.

amuse bouche?
Next we were presented with an Amuse-bouche of Virgin Mary mousse, feta cheese and celery sorbet
the stater
We both chose Asparagus, with a Duck egg, wild garlic and morel mushrooms for the starter, and fancying a longer drink we both had a bottle of my favourite beer, Estrella.

The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and introduced each dish as they presented and served them with a full explanation of the ingredients.

steves main course
Steve’s main course was Duck, pistachio, chicory and orange on a brilliant blue plate

To accompany our main courses Steve chose a carafe of Alsace Signature Pinot Gris Mure 2013 wine……

my main
My main course was Dingely Dell Pork, belly and fillet, cabbage and apple
gin and toniuc pre-dessert
Complimentary pre-dessert was a delightful Gin and Tonic foam
steve choise a selection of cheeses
Steve then chose a selection of 5 cheeses from the trolley, accompanied by a glass of port.  They were arranged on the plate in order of strengths, ending with the goat’s cheese which was the mildest and a palette cleanser.

my battenburg and ap[ricot dessert
My dessert was Chef’s signature dish Battenberg with apricot and amaretto, two of my favourite things and fine art on a plate.
The restaurant style is ultra modern with swish black and red decor throughout, and the feel is cool and contemporary, rather than stuffy and intimidating as one might expect from a Michelin starred establishment. The staff were without exception attentive and knowledgeable, and they understood what excellence in customer service and the fine dining experience really means. We were made to feel both welcome and special and the outstanding food, distinctive presentation and ambiance all contributed to a memorable evening. We paid £53 for 3 courses from the A La Carte menu and the bill came in at just under £200 including drinks and service. In no hurry to leave we had a nightcap at the bar of Benedictine, while I was curious about the bright neon unit in which it transpired micro herbs were being grown!

they grow their own mini herbs
Alimentum grow their own micro herbs.

The dishes are smart and contemporary, with vibrant intense flavours, and although seemingly small portions it was amazing how full we felt by the end of our evening. Chef Patron Mark Poynton offers affordable fixed price menus starting at £18.50 for 2 courses which makes this fine dining experience accessible for most pockets for a special occasion. Highly recommended!

Restaurant Alimentum 152 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PB

Telephone:01223 413000      www.restaurantalimentum.co.uk

IMPORTANT footnote: – the views expressed in this blog are my personal opinion, and totally unsponsored

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