French Restaurants in Cambridge
1. Alimentum French restaurant in Cambridge 152-154 Hills Rd - CB2
Mark Poynton’s “rather clinical” venue has always put in a Curate’s Egg performance in our survey due to its location (“a bit off”, near a major road junction), its decor (“not a lot of soul”) and sometimes its service (on occasion “intrusive”). Michelin chose this year to strip the place of its star, but there’s no support in our feedback for this decision as – despite all the above caveats – all reports this year noted that its ambitious cuisine (nowadays from chef Samira Effa) is “undoubtedly good” if not “excellent”. Perhaps a planned refurb in early 2018 will finally put a tiger in its tank.
2. Hotel du Vin et Bistro French restaurant in Cambridge 15-19 Trumpington St - CB2
2016 Review: Admittedly, it’s “not scaling culinary heights…”, “the food doesn’t live on in the memory…” but this outpost of the wine-fuelled hotel-bistro chain is certainly a “pleasant” establishment – and one that's “particularly good for a quick business lunch”.
3. Côte French restaurant in Cambridge 21-24 Bridge St - CB2
“You know what you’re going to get” from this ubiquitous French brasserie chain: a formula that’s “classier than Café Rouge’s”, and whose “easy and convenient, if uninspiring” virtues nowadays make it the survey’s most-mentioned multiple. The “classic bistro fare” is “formulaic but edible” (steak-frites is a popular choice) and while service is “hit or miss” and conditions often “noisy”, the “sensible pricing” especially of lunch or pre-theatre deals underpins its massive popularity.
4. Café Rouge French restaurant in Cambridge 24-26 Bridge St - CB2
2015 Review: “Best avoided unless the children really won’t wait” – these “fake French bistros” have their fans as a breakfast destination, but other meals are sometimes “so badly prepared and served” as to be simply “dire”.
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