Excellent weloming atmosphere, neither intimidating nor down at heel- just happy, and enjoyable with, at last, after years of drab stained tables in other restaurants, beautiful white tablecloths and napkins, lovely clean loos and pleasant helpful staff.
The proprietor was everything he should be, witty and attentive, really interested in good food and man who notes every detail, so things run smoothly and no-one waits a long time.
The food- very good, well balanced flavours, fresh, perfectly cooked ingredients, and nicely plated. The sauces were perfectly reduced and fresh-tasting. We had fish cakes, lamb shank and crab linguine, so a fair trot across the repertoire, and each dish was delicious. All the vegetables were tender and the creamed potato was utter heaven and should be served by itself.
If you want to go to heaven, have a pudding with the plum -infused sake. I was completely against this intially, not being keen on sake, and never having mixed sake with a pudding. My ignorance was overcome with a light , slightly christmassy -fruit flavour that perfectly complemented the fruity pudding. Very glad we tried it.
We all loved it, and shall go back when next in Cambridge- be warned! it is very popular -book your table early!