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!
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.
The staff were friendly and knowledgeable and introduced each dish as they presented and served them with a full explanation of the ingredients.
To accompany our main courses Steve chose a carafe of Alsace Signature Pinot Gris Mure 2013 wine……
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!
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
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