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After a decade in smallish premises near the Grafton Centre, Hans Schweitzer’s superior Italian venture upped sticks to the plusher environs of the Gonville Hotel in January 2017. This smartly decorated spot now offers a better backdrop for his “high-style dining with superb attention to detail” (with “surprises even in old-favourite dishes”).
Hans Schweitzer’s “spectacularly good” cuisine is an “11/10” for practically all who report on this peripherally located spot (on a busy road, near the Grafton Centre). “Italian in inspiration, the food is simply gobsmackingly gorgeous and especially the desserts; lovely staff and a cosy feel to the place all add up to make this smallish restaurant a romantic highlight – and there aren’t too many in Cambridge!”
“The location leaves much to be desired” (an “out-of-the-way” spot, on a busy road near the Grafton Centre) but all reporters are mightily impressed by Hans Schweitzer’s brave and experimental dining room. His “distinctive and imaginative” cuisine is “meticulous in its presentation and the ingredients used”, and – “it shows that he’s a pâtissier by trade” – his “wonderfully complicated” puddings are “the beautifully presented pièce de résistance”.
“An oasis”; the setting may be on the “quirky” side (entered via a café), but the cuisine at this “unobtrusively experimental” dining room can be “fantastic” – it may help that “the menu is designed to offer something for both safe and more adventurous diners”.
Cotto Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Everything was superb, from the initial greeting to the very friendly farewell. The staff were all very professional and at the same time friendly. The menu was inspired. Every course was finely balanced, beautifully presented, and absolutely delicious. It may on first look appear expensive, but it was worth every penny. As in many things in life, it is the little things that make a big difference. And so it was at Cotto. The choice of breads was the best I have seen for a long time; the waiter noticed when our water glasses needed replenishing without being asked; the wait between courses was just right, not rushed, but not left waiting too long. We have eaten in many top tier restaurants over the years, and Cotto stands out as one of the best ever."
"Dined with friends for a birthday celebration last evening (26/7/2017). Absolutely first class in every respect. Hans (and Ruth) lead a great team. Food is unquestionable as is the service. Highly recommend as one of the finest and best dining experiences anywhere."
Gonville Hotel,, Cambridge, CB1 1LY
lunch from Seasonal Variations, dinner till 9.30 pm
Last orders: 9.15 pm