On Wednesday I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go for a meal at Michelin Star restaurant Alimentum, Cambridge, with work. For me, this was a bit of a big treat as I’ve never eaten in a Michelin Star before. I’ve been to a couple of places with rosettes, but never a star.
I have to say I was a tad apprehensive before going as I’d seen the menu and it was slightly out of my comfort zone. Eel? Oysters? Seriously?
I can be a bit of a fussy eater. I like my steak well done and don’t normally like fish much at all. So yeah. How am I gonna get though putting all that in my mouth? Can’t exactly sit at the table holding my nose now can I?
But I was very pleasantly surprised!
We had 7 courses plus a couple of appetisers and chocolates to finish. And I ate and enjoyed basically everything. You go girl!
First off we had squid ink crackers which were topped with something fishy but I can’t remember what… But yeah. So far so good. Can’t complain at all.
Our first proper course was the eel. When it arrived it looked so pretty on the plate and not anything like how I imagined it. The picture I’d painted in my head was similar to jellied eels and I was really worried about trying it. But it barely tasted fishy at all, and this ended up being my favourite savoury course of the evening.
Next up was quail. I have actually had quail before so I knew this one would be fine. And I wasn’t disappointed – very yummy.
We then had halibut and this was probably my least favourite course. I didn’t dislike anything but it just didn’t quite work for me. There was a fried oyster on the side which actually my favourite part of this dish. I’m being so surprised by my taste buds! I just wasn’t keen on the flavour of the sauce I think. It was still nice just quite as up there as the other courses.
Last of the savoury dishes, we had beef in red wine sauce. Beef tasted lovely and the sauce and mash were so good. Very strong flavours. There was, however, a snail with this one as well and I’m afraid I did chicken out here. My bad! I just couldn’t do it. I think I let my mind run away with me. But it was only small so didn’t ruin the rest of the dish at all!
Apple crumble. This. Was. Unreal. So delicious, had a hint of cinnamon to it as well. I could have eaten this 100 times over.
BBQ Orange. I’m still not 100% what everything on this dish was, but it was all very tasty. There was a solid orange cream, licorice sorbet and some sprinkled oats/flapjack. Liked it all.
We then had a chocolate gateaux with passion fruit sorbet and my god. That sorbet. I’d like to buy it in bulk!
We finished off with a variety of chocolates and hot drinks.
All in all, was a lovely meal and very exciting to try lots of new things. The restaurant itself was very chic and well decorated, but without having too much of a pretentious feel which I half expected. We were in a room as opposed to the actual restaurant but we did walk through and stand around the bar area. In the room we were in you could watch what the chef’s were doing through a window which was a nice touch.
If someone would like to take me again… That’d be great!