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The epitome of big-city cool for Cambridge foodies, Alimentum comes modishly tricked out with polished wood floors, tinted glass, black tables and funky red chandeliers. It’s also a spot-on fit for Mark Poynton’s confident, sophisticated cooking – watch his team at work through a feature window that allows views into the kitchen. Bold strokes and challenging high-impact ideas shine brightly, from lamb neck with black garlic, cockles and rhubarb vinegar to stone bass with cauliflower, langoustine, goats’ cheese and Pedro Ximénez or duck breast partnered by pink grapefruit, carrot, maple and Szechuan pepper. Meals are fleshed out with lots of intensely flavoured extras, while flamboyant desserts offer new takes on the old classics such as ‘Battenberg’ or ‘Black Forest’ (dark chocolate, cherry, cherry beer and kirsch). Back-up comes from a strong international wine list with some particularly inviting selections from France and Italy – also watch out for the increasingly popular ‘supper club’, held on the first Sunday of each month.