As regular visitors to Cotto, when we went there last night for a combined birthday/anniversary dinner we thought we knew what to expect. Well, much was as we had anticipated: friendly attentive staff, relaxed ambiance not too noisy for a busy Saturday night, delicious home am soda bread.
The sign that something has changed came with the menu - the set meal is more expensive than before, and the choice a little broader. The surprise came with that arrival of the food - the kitchen appear to have reached another level of performance. The salmon and crab starters were fine, and the small cup of seafood velouté provided as a taster (I was really struggling to make a choice, so it was made easier for me!) was exquisite. The mains were delicious - ballotine of guinea fowl moist and full of flavour, slow-cooked beef cheeks and sirloin oozing with rich, complex tones and texture. The wines - a glass of Portuguese white and an Australian Shiraz, were great accompaniments.
The dessert was, well, only what we have come to expect from Hans - chocolate perfection on a plate.
Cotto is the best thing gastronomically to happen to Cambridge in the last decade, and is still improving. The only problem now is planning far enough in advance to get a table when you want it.
Thank you for another lovely evening.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC