Owners Sam Carter and Alex Olivier took over this Cambridge stalwart in early 2018.
Sam has worked at some top Michelin-star restaurants, including Maze and Hambleton Hall. He describes his style as “creative seasonal British with a twist”. Based on our lunchtime visit, his cooking will prove popular with locals and visitors alike.
We chose the reasonably priced set lunch menu, which was £20 for three courses (£12 for one and £16 for two). This is a steal for the quality and imagination of the cooking!
Guinness bread and Guinness butter provided a good start, followed by a black truffle arancini and a confit of sea trout. A main of Norfolk chicken with peas, asparagus, burnt lettuce, baby onion and a wonderfully intense bacon jus and bacon crumb hit the spot perfectly. While a vegetarian option of celeriac, morels, black truffle and hazelnut was a picture to behold! To finish, a Yorkshire rhubarb, hibiscus and cucumber desert offered a sprinkling of light, delicate flavours.
Restaurant Twenty-Two is a small, intimate venue. We recommend booking well in advance. If you do you will enjoy some fine cooking from a young man with a very bright future!
By Cambridgeshire editor Philip Seaman
Photos: Restaurant Twenty-Two