Restaurant review: SIX, Cambridge – food with a view
I was excited when SIX opened its doors last May, and almost a year on I still get the same feeling every time I visit. A great choice for brunch, lunch and dinner, the restaurant located on the sixth floor at the Varsity Hotel in Cambridge has established itself as one of the most stylish eateries in the city.
The panoramic views of the city are its obvious attraction, but its stylish décor, friendly staff and new and improved menu are an added bonus.
We stopped by on a cold Friday evening in February for dinner after having explored the e-luminate Festival. The restaurant offered a welcoming escape from the arctic conditions outside, and we warmed up at the bar with a strong cocktail, it was a Friday after all, before settling into a corner table for a delicious dinner.SIX has come on leaps and bounds since its opening last year. Originally the menu was focused on its
Rotisserie Chicken and pizzas, and though these options are still a great choice, it was nice to see some hearty dishes on the menu – just what we needed to thaw out!
I opted for a burrata, maple roasted figs & bruschetta to start which was very good, while my husband chose the pan seared scallops, watercress, crème fraîche, sweet chilli. It’s one of his favourite dishes, yet one so few restaurants can get right, I’m happy to say SIX did not disappoint. Grilled rather than fried meant the scallops were perfectly cooked and full of flavour – I had food envy!
For the main I tucked into a Gloucester old spot crispy pork belly and apple sauce, recommend by the manager and I can see why. Succulent and scrumptious, it was the highlight of my meal. Having recently given up eating meat, my husband opted for the woodstone roasted salmon, fire roasted peppers and giant couscous, which seemed to be a popular choice.
With just enough room left for dessert, we shared ‘The Dusty Road’, which includes coffee and chocolate ice creams, drizzled with butterscotch sauce and topped with whipped cream and chocolate flake. Perfect if you’re a lover of coffee, but personally I think the ‘chocolate peanut butter dessert’ with chocolate ice cream with toasted peanut putter ice cream, whipped cream and chopped Snickers would have been a better choice. I think my husband ordered it knowing I wouldn’t like it so he could eat it to himself – I’ll remember that next time we’re out for dinner!
The food at SIX is reasonably priced, good quality, and the views – well they are exceptional. The restaurant appeals to all, we were joined by couples, it’s a great date night option, groups of friends and families. We hear rumors that its occasionally frequented by a few celebs too…
Now, if only summer would hurry up as I’d quite like a drink on the rooftop bar!