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AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Impeccable ingredients and classy, contemporary cooking

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Dropping the car off in the nearby multi-storey car park may not be the most auspicious start, but the rest of a trip to Alimentum is a journey of discovery in every sense. In an ambience of pared-back café tables and laminate floor, this is one of the central pillars of Cambridge's lively, spirited dining scene. Mark Poynton is in the culinary vanguard, sourcing ethically, subjecting less familiar cuts to today's slow cooking, partnering textures and flavours in surprising alignments, and blending recognisable ethnic references such as Japanese, Indian and ancestral French in among dishes that come from nowhere in particular other than the globalised brave new world. Where else to place a starter of smoked eel with fennel, grapes, almonds and buttermilk, or the fish dish of stone bass with langoustine, cauliflower, goats' cheese and PX sherry? When there is a recognisable compass point to a dish, it transmits its message with powerful articulacy, so curry-spiced scallops and apple with their cumin-booming dhal, coriander and yogurt is unmistakable in its orientation, and there's a world of Francophilia in a main course of beef short rib with Vacherin Mont d'Or, celeriac and garlic in red wine sauce. Seven- and ten-course tasters solve the problem of knowing where to choose, and every dish looks as diverting as can be, with artfully composed assemblages of cubes, oblongs and smears. Desserts reach into the Scottish larder for a reworking of cranachan, all plump raspberries, oats, honey and lavender, or offer Battenberg cake its long-awaited makeover with pistachios, chocolate and cherry. Wines have been discriminatingly sourced from Europe and beyond, with many classy bottles to suit the enterprising style of the food.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 24–30 December and Bank holidays
  • Closed for lunch: 31 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Mark Poynton

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 11
  • Wines over £30: 144
  • Wines by the glass: 28

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from: 60
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 62
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • Off-site parking available: NCP Cambridge Leisure Centre (3 min walk)

Additional information

  • Seats: 62
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30

Getting here

Opposite Cambridge Leisure Park

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