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AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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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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Cooking of complex impact in a gastronomic boomtown

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At a glance

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

The present-day dining scene in the old university city has for some time now been having a moment that bears all the signs of turning into a golden age. Some of the most innovative and original cooking is going on at Alimentum, a contemporary-styled venue not far from Homerton College that's all burnished hard surfaces, from the glossy flooring to the small unclothed tables. Fishtank windows allow that all-important view on the kitchen action, while full-length glazing looks out on the bustle of Hills Road. The first Sunday of the month is consecrated alternately to a Supper Club and Wine Club, the latter overseen by Alimentum's resident wine wizard Maxwell Allwood, and there is even a home catering service, but it's at the regular lunch and dinner sessions that the culinary sparks really start to fly. The kitchen is committed to the very latest in culinary technique, with slow cooking a particular speciality, coaxing the tender succulence out of fine prime materials without sacrificing any of their inherent flavour. The seven-course tasting menu, with optional wine pairing, sourced from the main carte, is clearly the most ambitious route to take, and showcases the imaginative approach to building taste and texture. Its two principal dishes on the winter offering might be stone bass and langoustine with cauliflower, goats’ cheese and Pedro Ximénez, followed by beef sirloin and cheek aged for all of 80 days in a classically earthy medium of morels and red wine. On the main carte, starters might involve an appealing pairing of roast scallop and smoked eel with pistachio and apple, or a duo of lamb neck and cockles in rhubarb vinegar and black garlic, before duck breast follows on, given its traditional sweetenings with carrot and maple syrup, but balanced out by the respectively sharper notes of pink grapefruit and Sichuan peppercorns. A discerningly stocked cheeseboard intervenes as a sore temptation before desserts refer back to olden days for Battenburg made with apricot and Amaretto, a Black Forest lineup of dark chocolate and cherry, satisfyingly boozed up with cherry beer as well as Kirsch, or perhaps look to break new ground with coffee curd, passionfruit and saffron. The impressive wine list is a labour of love, equally confident in both classics and new-wave thinking. Glass selections, boosted by a slate of Coravin-served fine wines, are particularly well chosen with the complex impact of the cooking in mind.

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(s): Samira Effa

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

  • 2-course lunch from: £27.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £35
  • 2-course dinner from: £55
  • 3-course dinner from: £70
  • Tasting menu from: £60
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

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

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Opposite Cambridge Leisure Park.

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Cambridge
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