Restaurant 22 for a birthday feast: Cambridge May 2018

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Last week we dined at highly acclaimed Restuarant 22 to celebrate Steve’s birthday. It has been taken over recently by new owners and I was keen to see what they had done to the place and to try the food after reading so many good things about it. We chose the 7-course tasting menu and were impressed from start to finish as the food and service were faultless. It was a memorable fine dining experience par excellence in a quiet intimate ambience which is perfect for a date night or a special celebration.

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Elegant and stylish Restaurant 22 is located on Chesterton Road in Cambridge
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Nocellara Olives to start the 7-course tasting feast
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Cornish mackerel, English wasabi, and radish was the 2nd of three ‘snacks’
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Truffle macaroni cheese. This was my dish of the night and we were only on appetisers!
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Shallot brioche and cultured butter, Guinness bread with Guinness butter, were both served warm and utterly delicious!
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The Amuse-bouche was a velouté of Broccoli, goats curd and lemon

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This starter of Cambridgeshire asparagus, ricotta, and Hen of the Wood was most appetising

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The attractive fish course of Cambridge Distillery Gin cured salmon, with burnt cucumber and sorrel was an exceptionally tasty dish

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The main course of Aylesbury duck, kaffir lime, black garlic and gooseberry was so good that Steve finished mine off as well!
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It came as no surprise that Steve chose the cheese board as an additional dish for a £12 supplement! He enjoyed Sparkenhoe Vintage Red Leicester, Montgomery’s Cheddar, Coulommiers Donge, Cropwell Bishop Stilton, and Innes Bosworth Ash Log served with smoked plum chutney, oatcakes and rye bread.
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The pretty pre-dessert of sheep’s yoghurt, bitter orange and fennel was an interesting mix of taste and texture
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An exquisite dessert of dark chocolate, hazelnut and brown butter completed our meal

IMG_20180518_2208480.jpg22 is the epitome of elegance, charm and class with very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Small and intimate I would recommend this new fine dining restaurant as the perfect place for a date night or special occasion dining. (They have a private dining room upstairs as well.) We received a warm and inviting welcome and Steve thought the birthday card from the team was a nice personal touch which added to the occasion. The 7-course taster menu is reasonably priced and excellent value at £45 a head for food of this standard and quality which is beautifully presented on stylish crockery. The excellent service we considered to be faultless from start to finish. We would definitely return to 22, if only for the Guinness bread and the truffle macaroni cheese which made my night! Steve enjoyed the accompanying flight of wines at £45 which had some interesting choices and perfectly matched the dishes and a glass of port with his cheese course. To start we enjoyed a Cambridge Distillery Dry Gin and Tonic as an aperitif. It was an altogether memorable evening. This new venture certainly has the wow factor and deserves to do well. Booking is essential. Highly recommended, and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

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Restaurant 22 Cambridge

22 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AX

To make a reservation please call 01223 351880 or email alex@restaurant22.co.uk

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Tapas at Tu Casa in Cambridge: May 2018

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Tu Casa is located on Mill Road in Cambridge (for locals it’s between ‘Nutters’ and ‘Fagito’)

Tapas is a highly popular current foodie trend which has become well established in Cambridge with not one but two new authentic Spanish restaurants opening within a few weeks of each other. (See my last post for a review of Tabanco.) This week we enjoyed some traditional Spanish tapas at Tu Casa, where we drank Estrella Galicia on tap and Steve sampled an intense Spanish red wine Emilio Moro to accompany the cheese board which we shared.

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To start our evening we enjoyed drinking Estrella Galicia premium pale lager with olives in anchovy oil
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Lovely fresh bread accompanied the Charcuterie and Cheese boards which we shared
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The Tabla de Ibericos featured a tasty selection of Chorizo, Salchichon and Jamon
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I loved this Ensalada de Queso de Cabra, which included roasted goat’s cheese on roman lettuce with walnuts, sultanas, and cherry tomatoes with a honey and pomegranate dressing
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This tapas dish Escalivada con Pimiento included roasted red and green peppers with onion and aubergine seasoned with cumin and olive oil
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This Patatas Bravas dish of triple cooked potato with a fiery brava chilli tomato sauce and aioli was excellent
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Tabla de Quesos – the cheese board which we shared instead of dessert included a delicious selection of Spanish cheeses, Idiazabal, Manchego, Murciano and Azul Hojas

Tu Casa offers a casual dining experience in a lively environment, traditional Spanish cuisine style. The staff are friendly and enthusiastic giving customers a warm welcome and the service is good and prompt. We visited on a wet midweek evening and it was pretty full and therefore loud with a couple of large groups in. I noticed that it was family-friendly and had attracted a wide-ranging clientele. The menu includes typical Spanish tapas and small plate dishes, traditional charcuterie and cheeses, as well as Paella and seasonal main courses and a small menu of desserts. The wine list offers Spanish Regional wines, Sangria, and beer lovers like us will appreciate having Estrella Galicia Premium pale lager and 1906 Reserva Especial available on draught. I thought that prices were on the high side but the tapas portions are generous and meant to be shared. We paid £37 per head for our meal with drinks. Recommended for groups and a welcome addition to the eclectic Mill Road dining scene. Tu Casa is sure to be popular so booking is advisable at weekends.

Tu Casa Tapas Restaurant

8, Mill Road

Cambridge

CB1 2AD

Tel: 07852 894941

 

 

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Lunch at The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie : April 2018

This week I enjoyed lunch with a friend at the recently opened and ultra-stylish The Ivy Brasserie in Cambridge. I had been very keen to visit this new restaurant because it’s had many gushing and superlative reviews about the food and I’ve heard mixed ones about the service. My own experience was a curious one in several ways but nothing negative could be said about the food which we both agreed was excellent. We fully appreciated eating in this elegant and sophisticated restaurant which is a welcome addition to the Cambridge foodie scene. The rise of a new breed of gastro chains is a growing trend which has been led by The Ivy Collection group who have now rolled out 15 spin-off brasseries with more planned, including one which is due to open soon in Norwich.

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The Ivy is located on Trinity Street, Cambridge

The Ivy has own unique bright and vibrant style and the iconic ivy emblem is evident on everything from serviettes to sugar bowls! We observed exceptional attention to detail in the finish of this upmarket restaurant and clearly no expense has been spared. A special mention has to be given to the Cambridge-themed artwork which adorns the walls making it a visually stimulating environment of endless fascination.IMG_20180417_1425233.jpg

The Ivy offers all-day casual dining and the restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, including set menus. We chose to eat from the set menu on this occasion which is available from 11.30am–6.30pm Monday to Friday at a very reasonably priced £16.50 for two courses or £21 for three courses. Booking is advisable but the restaurant also has a dedicated number of unreserved tables available throughout the day for walk-ins. It’s a surprisingly big space and there is a private dining area downstairs.

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Our starter of  Potted kiln-roast salmon with lemon, dill crème fraîche and granary toast was a savoury delight.
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course of Pea, asparagus and goat’s cheese risotto, with rocket and baby shoot salad was a surprisingly generous sized portion and we could only eat half of it. The melting goats cheese sitting atop the risotto was a lovely twist to this classic dish.IMG_20180417_1408186.jpgOur dessert of Lemon posset with Poppyseed shortbread was absolutely divine!

You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned drinks so far in my review because it was rather a fiasco trying to get a soft drink at all, so more on that saga to follow. First, there was confusion on arrival in the lobby area where I was greeted warmly by one member of staff who took my coat and gave me a cloakroom ticket. So far so good until another member of staff appeared who without any interaction took the ticket from my hand and proceeded to give me my coat back when I assumed she would be showing me to my table! Note to the staff – what is wrong with speaking and communication?

When I was eventually seated I was offered still or sparkling water so I asked for tap water whilst I waited for my friend to arrive. A carafe of water was delivered promptly to the table but it wasn’t chilled. After my friend’s arrival, we perused the menus which were on the table and chose a soft drink each. We had to ask a member of staff for the Lunch and Early Evening set menu though and we gave our food order. Despite the restaurant being less than half full (and there seemed to be a lot of smartly dressed staff walking about) I felt the need to complain because I had waited over 30 minutes for my soft drink although my friends Ginger Beer had arrived without delay. I asked our server where my drink was only to be told that some of the components of my drink (a Strawberries and Cream Soda) were unavailable. I ordered a Fever-Tree Elderflower tonic as an alternative. What followed is too long a saga to relate here but we encountered rudeness from a member of the bar staff who eventually brought my drink order when we pointed out politely that it was wrong. There was a curious incident when a small copper jug appeared on the table without any explanation. After asking a member of staff if it was sauce for the fish starter it transpired the jug contained Elderflower cordial for me! Again I say to the staff  – where are your communication skills?
When it came to paying the bill we noticed that we hadn’t been charged for my soft drink or for the carafe of tap water which has been refilled on request. I objected to being asked to pay the whopping discretionary 12.5% service charge due to the poor customer service experience we had encountered. When I explained why to the member of staff who took my card payment we were offered an apology and complimentary coffee or tea to complete our meal as compensation.

Despite these small incidents, the food was exceptionally good so both my friend and I plan to return to eat at The Ivy, and we especially like the look of their very moderately priced Afternoon Tea.

Finally two more hints I would pass onto any would-be visitors, – make sure you don’t get charged for tap water as the people at the next table to us were astonished to be billed for it, and be warned that it’s an awful long way to the toilets which are located downstairs and seem like something of an afterthought for a venue of this size.

The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie

16 Trinity Street, City Centre, 

Cambridge, CB2 1TB

Tel : 01223 344044

www.https://theivycambridgebrasserie.com

 

 

Step back in time at Carriages of Cambridge for a First Class Afternoon Tea experience!

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The splendid entrance to Carriages restaurant, which is located in the display grounds at Bannold Supplies and Services, Fen Drayton, Cambs

Last week I enjoyed a first-class Afternoon Tea with a friend at Carriages, a splendid new restaurant with a vintage rail theme. Located in the village of Fen Drayton, Cambridgeshire, which is about 15 miles from Cambridge, Carriages celebrates the golden age of rail travel and provides an opportunity to step back in time and eat out in style at a purpose-built railway station.

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The perfectly recreated Station Waiting Room even had a real fire burning!
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You can climb aboard Louis, Oliver or Lancelot’s beautifully restored carriages for your Afternoon Tea experience.
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We had booked a private 4-seater compartment in ‘Oliver‘ which has comfy Pullman style seats.
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This project has been authentically replicated down to the last detail. For example, the Station platform originally came from Oakham Railway station.

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This was the most unusual and delightful setting for Afternoon Tea that we had ever experienced. We were seated in a totally authentic recreation of a fine dining First Class carriage with superb attention to detail from the bespoke china down to the recorded steam train sounds.

The food was excellent with high quality, locally sourced ingredients and stylish presentation and we had a second pot of tea without any additional charge. We both thought the Afternoon Tea was very good value at £21.50 per person, and there was plenty of it. As you would expect the service was first-class too, and it’s the perfect venue for special birthdays or anniversaries in a choice of three beautifully restored 1950’s carriages which can accommodate large groups. This vintage railway-themed restaurant experience is highly recommended and we would certainly be happy to make a return visit. IMG_1220 (2).jpg

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Carriages Tea Room

Capability Barns

Huntingdon Road

Fen Drayton

Cambridgeshire

CB24 4SD

Tel : 01954 233 279 (Booking in advance essential)

https://www.carriagestearooms.co.uk

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 12:30am – 5:30pm 

(Note that Afternoon tea is served at two sittings – 1.00pm and 3.00pm)

The Boot Pub Brasserie in Histon, Cambs: A tale of two soufflés!

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The Boot pub in Histon, which has recently reopened as a White Company Brasserie

Last night Steve and I braved the sub-zero temperatures and the snow to meet up with friends in the village of Histon, which is located a few miles north of Cambridge. We had booked a table at the newly reopened and refurbished pub The Boot which now includes a French-style brasserie, run by the company of celebrity chef Raymond Blanc.

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We began our meal with a basket of stone-baked artisan baguette and Rustica olives.

 

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Two of our party chose the Cheddar cheese soufflé for starters, which was served with a warm Ford Farm Coastal Cheddar sauce. It was perfectly light and utterly delicious!
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Steve chose the Burgundian snails in garlic herb butter, served with a baguette
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Another one of our starters was French onion soup, with Gruyère cheese croûtons

 

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For my main course, I chose this classic dish of Slow-cooked Bœuf Bourguignon, red wine, lardons, baby onions, mushrooms, with smooth mash
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Must say I liked the look of this Pie of the Week, a chicken and leek traditional homemade pie served with green beans chosen by one of my companions 

Steve and one of our party chose Scottish Hebredian rope-grown mussels, steamed with traditional white wine and shallot marinière or creamy saffron mouclade, served with chips and baguette.

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For my dessert, I couldn’t resist this Pistachio soufflé, famously light with rich chocolate ice cream. Two irresistible soufflés in one night!
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One of our party chose this Normandy apple tart, with salted caramel ice cream
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It came as no surprise that Steve chose this excellent Cheese plate, with Boy Laity Cornish Camembert, Lyburn Gold, Cheviot and Brighton Blue served with homemade chutney, dried fruit, nuts and crackers
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The Three-fruit marmalade crème brûlée was enjoyed by another of my dining companions

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The Boot is a fabulous conversion which includes a big new bar where dogs are welcome, cosy snugs, and open and log burner fires make it a warm and welcoming environment. The sensational oak beamed extension houses the main brasserie restaurant which is extremely attractive. The cuisine is a winning combination of French brasserie favourites and British pub classics with a choice of menus at competitive prices. The service is good and the staff are friendly. For home-cooked food in an informal setting, this place is going to become a firm favourite of mine for the soufflés alone! Highly recommended.

The Boot

1 High St,

Histon,

Cambridge

CB24 9LG

Tel: 01223 209010

boot.histon@whitebrasserie.com

http://boothiston.com

The Tiffin Truck Bar and restaurant: Cambridge January 2018

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The Tiffin Truck is located on Regent Street, Cambridge

Last night Steve and I enjoyed an excellent meal at The Tiffin Truck bar and restaurant which only opened very recently and serves Indian Market food. It’s the sister restaurant of Navadhanya which is one of our favourites so we arrived with high expectations and we weren’t disappointed. The welcome, the presentation of the food and the service were all of the same exceptional standard. It’s centrally located on Regent Street in Cambridge on the site which was formerly Anatolia, a Turkish restaurant.IMG_20180103_1959121 (2)

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Two of the bright and colourful images which decorate the walls at The Tiffin Truck. I admired all the graphics!
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We loved the Naan bread which was drizzled with Truffle oil
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My starter of Mini Masala Dosa was beautifully presented
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Red Pumpkin Curry was another tasty side dish we sampled
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This side dish of Crispy Kale Chaat was most unusual and tasted delicious
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Vegetable Fried Rice and Paneer Butter Masala were two of the many dishes we enjoyed
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We were too full for a dessert so we sampled a Kata Mita Margarita and a Bengal Tiger cocktail

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Granny Apples enjoyed her first taste of an Indian cocktail!
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At The Tiffin Truck you can eat in, take away or book a delivery

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This splendid mural is a highlight of the restaurant’s decor 

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This is a bar and restaurant where you can enjoy Indian market food dishes alongside Indian craft beers and cocktails, and it’s a splendid new addition to the dining scene in Cambridge.banner.jpg

If you like Indian food you will enjoy something completely different at The Tiffin Truck which has the authentic atmosphere of an Indian bazaar for lunch or dinner, to eat in or take away. Their menus have been inspired by famous Indian street food favourites and home-style tiffin lunches enjoyed by workers across India.

According to their website ‘Tiffin dates back to the days of the Raj where British afternoon tea was replaced with the local Indian practice of taking a light meal at that hour. Every weekday in Mumbai, where the tiffin tradition began, you can still see hundreds of tiffin wallahs racing around the streets with their bicycles piled high with stainless steel tiered boxes, delivering hot lunches to workers.’IMG_20180103_2013284 (2).jpg

For a small deposit, you can collect your takeaway in one of their stylish steel tiffin boxes. The food is very good value and we paid £36 for eight dishes without drinks. Highly recommended and we shall definitely be making a return visit!23471900_1516175428419673_4686567296353682669_n

The Tiffin Truck

22 Regent Street

Cambridge

CB2 1DB

Tel: 01223 366111

email: thetiffintruck@gmail.com

http://www.thetiffintruck.co.uk

The Christmas Menu at The Olive Grove, Cambridge: November 2017

exterior door (2)It’s been a couple of months since my last blog post for various reasons but recently my jaded palette was revived when I sampled the excellent and tantalisingly alternative Christmas Menu at The Olive Grove Greek restaurant in Cambridge.

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The Olive Grove is located on Regent Street in Cambridge

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The restaurant has a lovely light interior 
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To accompany your meal this Mega Spileo Cuvee Vintage 2016 Greek fine wine is highly recommended

The Christmas Menu at The Olive Grove has a wide range of interesting options for starters, mains and dessert which shows the versatility of Greek food to its full advantage. It features locally sourced seasonal produce with an authentic Greek twist and offers an exciting alternative to traditional Christmas fare. There is something for everyone with a choice of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free dishes clearly defined on the menu. It’s worth noting that all food is freshly cooked to order at The Olive Grove and special diets can be catered for.

My companion and I enjoyed sampling eight dishes from the Christmas menu which all tasted delicious and were beautifully presented. Our starters included the Stilton Gougere drizzled with Spicy Cranberry Marmalade, – which was a new take on a seasonal favourite. Scallops on a bed of Celeriac Cream, with Green Apple, Wild Cherry Compote and Vanilla Mayonaisse, and Fish Croquettes, with Tomato sauce, Baby Rocket and White Truffle Oil. We both considered the Stilton dish to be our preferred choice, although for me the perfectly cooked Scallops came a close second.IMG_0699 (2)NOE_9084 (2)NOE_9091 (2)

We sampled three main courses including the Pan-seared Duck Breast on a bed of Celeriac Mousseline with a Vinsanto Santorini and Dry Fig Jus. The Lamb Selection of Lamb Cutlets and Short Saddle Lamb, with Parsnip Puree, Baked Heritage Carrots and Mavrodaphne Jus. The Pork Fillet Tournedo and Slow-Cooked Caramelised Pork Belly, with Saute Spinach, Baked Heritage Carrots and Mavrodaphne Jus. Of the three dishes, I thought that the cooking of the Short Saddle Lamb was outstanding, as it was so moist and tender.IMG_0680 (2)NOE_9108 (2)NOE_9097 (2)

Although my dining companion and I aren’t big meat-eaters we really enjoyed the Duck, Lamb and Pork which we wouldn’t usually choose, and we loved the way the selection of vegetables were prepared and served as an integral part of each dish. I also liked the sound of the Prosecco Saffron Salmon and the Stuffed Butternut Squash which were the alternative choices on the menu for main courses. We were almost too full to sample the desserts but we managed to do justice to the extremely rich and decadent Lemon Cream, Chocolate Ganache, Almond and Biscuit Crumble, and the Mastiha Panna Cotta marinated in Fresh Forest Fruit and Blackcurrant Sorbet which were a delightful way to complete our meal.

If you are looking for a restaurant in Cambridge for your Christmas gathering with a cuisine that offers something different The Olive Grove can cater for small and large groups and comes highly recommended. I have enjoyed eating there several times over the last few years and it never disappoints on food, service and ambience. You will be guaranteed a meal to remember with a taste of the Mediterranean and that famous Greek hospitality!

Prices for the Christmas menu is £33 for 3 courses for dinner or £29 for lunch, booked in advance. email: reservations@the-olivegrove.co.uk

The Olive Grove

100 Regent Street

Cambridge

CB2 IDP

Tel: 01223 778575

http://www.the-olivegrove.co.uk

 

 

Navadhanya for modern Indian fine dining in Cambridge: August 2017

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Navadhanya is located on Newmarket Road, Cambridge

Last week Steve and I made a return visit to Navadhanya to sample their 7-course taster menu to celebrate my birthday. Since this refined restaurant opened in 2014 we have enjoyed eating there on two previous occasions and have always been impressed. Once again we were not disappointed. They offer an authentic Indian fine dining experience with exemplary service. The seven courses were all beautifully presented, bursting with flavour and perfectly accompanied by the flight of wines. Incidentally, I thought their Naan bread was the best I had ever tasted! Not surprisingly this popular and highly regarded restaurant was full on a weekday evening so booking ahead is strongly advised.slide-image-01

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We enjoyed this 7 Course Tasting Menu at £39.99 per person and it was great value too!

SHURUWAT – Chef’s Special Starter of the day

PAPDI CHAT – Spicy mashed chickpeas with crushed flaky pastry, sweetened yogurt, mint and tamarind chutney

OOTY FISH – Monkfish, fenugreek leaves, garlic, with aubergine mash

GRANITA – Refreshing home-made Sorbet, flavoured with fruit puree

PUNJABI MURGH – Chicken Tikka cooked with creamy tomato sauce and crushed fenugreek (served with Garlic Naan)

RAILWAY LAMB CURRY – Lamb Curry finished with classic Southern spices and potatoes (served with Pulao Rice and Dal Makhni)

HERITAGE CARROTS FUDGE WITH MANGO KULFI – Home-made Heritage Carrot Fudge served with Mango Kulfi for dessert

Accompanied by a FLIGHT OF WINES (served with five courses) at £19.99 per person

 

Navadhanya

73 Newmarket Rd

Cambridge

CB5 8EG

Tel: 01223 300583

http://www.navadhanya.co.uk

National Afternoon Tea Week celebrated at SIX Panoramic Brasserie, Cambridge : August 2017

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To celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week I sampled a traditional Afternoon Tea yesterday with two friends at SIX, the restaurant at The Varsity Hotel in Cambridge.

SIX is located on the top floor beneath The Roof Top Garden of The Varsity Hotel and Spa with its own terraces for al fresco dining and breathtaking 360° panoramic views across the Cambridge skyline.IMG_0900 (2)IMG_0910 (3)

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To accompany the Afternoon Tea we chose interesting tea blends from an impressive selection

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We started with delicious finger sandwiches which included smoked salmon and watercress mayo, Coronation chicken, cream cheese and cucumber and ham and mustard fillings
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IMG_0925 (2) Before we moved onto the cakes we enjoyed warm freshly baked fruit and plain scones with strawberry preserve and Cornish clotted cream

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We were spoilt with sweet treats at SIX which included a three chocolate mousse mini-dessert, a blueberry and custard tartlet, an orange and chocolate macaron and an indulgent dark chocolate truffle. I was delighted that we were able to order fresh pots of tea at no additional cost too.

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One of the spectacular views over Cambridge from the terrace at SIX

SIX is located on the sixth floor of this boutique hotel with floor to ceiling windows ensuring spectacular views of the historic Cambridge skyline. This is certainly a magnificent location for enjoying Afternoon Tea in Cambridge, and the food and service are of a high standard so it ticks all the boxes.

The traditional Afternoon Tea at SIX remains faithful to the classic combination of finger sandwiches, followed by warm scones served accompanied by clotted cream and Jam and a selection of sweet treats. I was particularly impressed with the extensive loose-leaf tea menu which featured many interesting and unusual blends from Ceylon, China, and India.

Vegetarian and gluten free Afternoon Tea options are available and booking is essential as all the food is freshly-made daily.

Afternoon Tea at SIX is available Monday to Friday: 2 pm – 4.30 pm at £19.50 per person or on Saturday and Sunday: 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm at £24.50 per person.

Afternoon Tea Week is an annual celebration of one of this nation’s favourite traditions. Whether it’s enjoyed in a 5-star hotel, or as a home baked treat, we British love the combination of savoury and sweet treats, accompanied by some of the 165 million cups of tea we drink each day in the UK!six

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There is also a stunning Rooftop Bar and Terrace at The Varsity Hotel which is open from 12 -10 pm (weather permitting)
SIX at The Varsity Hotel & Spa
Thompsons Lane,
Cambridge
CB5 8AQ

Trinity restaurant for fine dining quality food: Cambridge August 2017

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Trinity is located on Trinity Street in Cambridge at the heart of the historic centre

This week Steve and I enjoyed a superb meal at Trinity which opened its doors four months ago and quickly established itself as the number one place to eat in Cambridge. We have tried to visit this restaurant on four previous occasions but something always prevented us going so I had booked a table in advance and kept my fingers crossed! When the day came Steve was unavoidably delayed so I had to phone Trinity and say we would be about one hour late, but they were very accommodating and held the table for us. On arrival, it was busy with a great atmosphere and the service was prompt, friendly and efficient. I particularly liked the fact that chilled water was placed on the table without having to ask. We loved the decor too!IMG_20170810_2257519 (2)

We started our evening with a glass of fizz and complimentary bread and oil whilst we perused the a la carte menu which although small did have a good selection of seafood dishes, and Steve was looking forward to sampling the oysters.

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I chose the lentil and goats’ curd salad, with salt baked beetroot for my starter – very pleasing to the eye and the tastebuds!

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For his starter Steve chose raw oysters, served on ice with lemon, tabasco and pickled shallots
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For my main I chose pan-fried sea trout, crab bisque, and seared green cabbage, with dill oil
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Steve’s very attractive main course of pork tenderloin with cauliflower and mustard puree, pomme anna, pickled cauliflower, radish and frisse salad, and nasturtium oil and flowers
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We shared a side dish of savoy cabbage and smoked pancetta
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My dessert of Amaretti and lemon cheesecake, orange jelly, and honeycomb with lemon mascarpone was rich and tangy
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Steve chose the English cheese board which featured good-sized portions of Cambridge Blue, Norfolk Dapple and Suffolk Gold

Trinity is an elegant and stylish restaurant which serves tasty food in fine dining style where the surroundings are relaxed and informal. It’s a lot bigger than it appears from the outside and there is a downstairs seating area too. Following in the footsteps of sister restaurant Varsity on St Andrew’s Street, Trinity has the same emphasis on great flavours and knowledgeable service with a finely tuned Modern British menu celebrating carefully sourced fish and meat. The food is exceptionally well-presented with evidence of some real cheffy artistry at work, and it was delivered to table very promptly. (Impressive on a busy night and a sure sign of a well-run kitchen.) We were served by Ashley who was professional, warm and enthusiastic and a real asset to the restaurant.

Trinity is not the place for an inexpensive meal out but it’s ideal for a special occasion or celebration and excellent value for food which tasted as good as it looked. We paid £38 per head for three courses without drinks or service. Highly recommended and we’ll certainly be going back!

Trinity

15 Trinity Street

Cambridge

CB2 1TB

Tel: 01223 322130

info@trinitycambridge.co.uk

http://www.trinitycambridge.co.uk