Step aside London, Cambridge is representing. The Oak in Cambridge was the most pleasing dining experience I have had in a long time. On a cheeky day trip to Cambridge when the sun started to shine, we had a look on tripadvisor for guidance, as we were not about to do a high street named restaurant when London is saturated with them. Up popped The Oak with a lot of satisfied customers. From the outside, it doesn’t look all that, but inside, the space is clean and minimalist. No fussiness, just a comfortable set up in a room which works from the front, around to the back offering an entrance to a garden terrace.
Firstly ladies, the Manager is tall and handsome. That has not influenced this write up, but there is nothing nicer than a bit of eye candy while you dine. Secondly, the service was so sweet. Like literally these staff are so lovable. Attentive, but not to the point of being a table stalker. A good speed of service, to ensure you are not left without and your hunger is taken care of.
Finally, but most importantly, the food. Hello foodporn, this is what I am talking about when I throw that word around. This is truly sex on a plate which should come with a PG warning. They have a set menu if you are on a budget for your trip. If however, you are like us and wanted to embrace being out of London, we opted to go for starters and main courses from the a la carte. Valentina had the king prawns sauteed in shallots, garlic and white wine. Jamie’s Kitchen, please have a butchers at this dish and see how it is done properly. The biggest, most succulent prawns ever. I opted for a first time stroll into pigsville with slow roasted crisped pork belly with mild mustard and apple compote. Yes, it was a win! Tasty bouncy meat in a crunchy skin.
For main course, it was Devon crab linguini with lightly spiced tomato sauce, rocket leaves and salsa verde sans crunchy shell (see my zomato post). Lashings of crab, thank you very much and not too spicy. Valentina went for the wild mushroom risotto with white truffle oil and parmesan shavings. Her Italian taste buds were appropriately appeased.
We were well behaved and steered clear of alcohol having a glass of pellegrino and sparkling elderflower.
The atmosphere was lovely, the service was great and the aroma’s coming from the kitchen was heavenly. I will have to say that this dining session is no 1 on my entire Cook & Pour list for now. The bar has been set.
The Oak Bistro
6 Lensfield Road
T. 01223 323 361