A hot ticket for Cambridge foodies, Alimentum is tricked out in slinky black and red tones with swathes of tinted glass, shiny bare tables and oversized copper-lined light fittings. The mood is “contemporary cool” – a perfect match for brilliant cocktails and high-impact cooking full of bold, challenging ideas. Chef/patron Mark Poynton earned his stripes at that other Cambridge big hitter Midsummer House, so it’s no surprise that his food is out of the top drawer. Startling, highly worked creations abound, from eel with smoked chicken wing, apple and truffle to breast and legs of quail with broccoli, lime and peanut: this is “proper, ambitious, intriguing stuff”, noted one reader who was bowled over by the place. Meals are fleshed out with “intensely flavoursome mouthfuls”, while desserts are often mischievous takes on the classics – perhaps Arctic roll with vanilla parfait, strawberries and black olive. In short, this is Michelin-starred food “worthy of London”.