Introducing Kibou Cambridge, a captivating culinary gem nestled in the vibrant heart of Cambridge City Centre. Set within a majestic Grade II listed building, the restaurant beckons with its enchanting Japanese-inspired ambiance from the moment you arrive. Adorned with a captivating blend of floral wall coverings and intricate printed furnishings, the space comes alive with the ethereal beauty of a Japanese cherry blossom tree and wisteria installation, inviting guests into a world of sensory delight and cultural immersion.

A Peek into the Kibou Cambridge Menu

At Kibou Cambridge, the menu revolves around exquisitely crafted sushi and sashimi plates that not only tantalise the taste buds but also captivate the eyes. Among the standout dishes is their surf and turf nigiri, featuring rice sushi adorned with succulent salmon, wagyu beef, and truffle mayo, creating a harmonious blend of flavours that melt in your mouth.

For those who share my passion for sustainability, Kibou’s dedication shines brightly in their sourcing practices, notably with their salmon carefully selected from a small-scale fishery in Scotland, underscoring their commitment to animal welfare. Moreover, the menu proudly features an array of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, guaranteeing a delightful culinary experience for all dietary preferences.

A highlight of our dining experience was the signature Yasai Volcano Futomaki, a tantalising seaweed-wrapped sushi roll dipped in tempura batter, fried to perfection, and drizzled with a special hot sauce. The crispy exterior beautifully complements the vibrant flavours of red pepper and avocado, creating a memorable food experience.

For those who relish the spectacle of craftsmanship, Kibou’s central area features an open sushi and hot kitchen, allowing guests to witness the artistry behind each dish as it comes to life.

Now, let’s talk about their Japanese-inspired cocktails and fine selection of sake. From unique infusions to traditional favourites, be sure to indulge in their Kaguwashi Martini, a captivating blend of gin, lemongrass, and apple that promises a sensory journey!

What if you Don’t Like Sushi?

Fear not! Kibou Cambridge offers plenty of alternatives, including bite-sized fried dumpling balls, steamed bao buns, and tempura king prawns, ensuring there’s something to suit every palate. They even have a dedicated kids menu featuring dishes like Katsu curry and rice bowls.

Reasons to Choose Kibou Cambridge

From the warm greeting at the entrance to the friendly chefs waving as they crafted our dishes, every moment at Kibou Cambridge was filled with excellent customer service. Although I refrained from capturing any food photos at the table, thanks to the less-than-charming date, I can’t help but praise the overall experience, including the food and ambience. Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the menu options, the staff were patient, and made recommendations that were delicious. I’d definitely give them 4 stars!

Where is Kibou?

Located in the heart of Cambridge city centre, Kibou is located a stone’s throw from the market square. Address: Kibou Cambridge at 7a Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA.

Is Kibou Cambridge Affordable?

Kibou Cambridge offers prices in line with what you’d expect for a sushi restaurant in the city center. Cocktails start from £11, sushi platters from £17, and sharers from £8. For lunchtime, they have a very reasonable Japanese one-course set menu priced at £12.50, available Monday to Friday from 12pm to 3.30pm.

Explore Cambridge

Why not enhance your visit by exploring our ultimate Cambridge day trip guide? Discover the city’s hidden gems and top sightseeing tips to make the most of your time in this historic city. And after a delightful dinner at Kibou Cambridge, venture over to Tivoli Cambridge. With four floors packed with excitement, there’s something to delight every visitor. From thrilling rounds of mini golf and lively shuffleboard matches to a rooftop terrace offering panoramic views, there’s no shortage of entertainment. It’s amazing how competitive these games become! It’s the perfect way to unwind and create unforgettable memories during your visit to Cambridge!

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