Before I start on the restaurant and the food, some observations on the location. You will read other reviews below about how Alimentum isn't in the best location, etc. etc.... Yes, it's not right on the river or common, nor is it a stones throw from one of the historic University colleges, but seriously people... believe me when I say that the location doesn't matter a jot once you've sampled this place.
So, we've established the location on Hills Road, opposite the construction site which will one day be Cambridge's tallest chic appartments may not please everyone. Let's move on.
My wife and I planned our visit here post-Xmas shopping, so ate around 1.30pm midweek. The restaurant wasn't busy, but most tables were occupied.
Decor is a mix of red, black, dark woods and mirrored finishes, and feels kind of like a boutique hotel, more than a restaurant. The staff were attentive, without being intrusive, and actually radiated a pride in what they were part of - really good to see.
We stuck to the fixed 3 course menu, more out of simplicity than anything else:
Amuse bouche of balsamic vinegar popcorn and mini melting cheese choux balls - delicious, followed by equally good homemade milk bread and sage rolls.
Starters of smoked salmon and pork terrine - both superb.
Main courses of chicken and sea bream. The delicate mixes of complimentary flavours were devine.
Desserts all looked tempting, but we both went for the chocolate, coffee and passion fruit combinations - simply beautiful.
Finished with coffee and petit fours (image attached as they were that good - lemon marshmallow, mandarin jelly and chocolate salted caramel).
After all of the above, we were satisfied without being uncomfortably full. Perfect.
Totally deserving of the Michelin star. We'll be back.
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