Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

The Halkin by COMO, Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DJ

Food Spend £100
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 18:30 - 22:00
Tuesday to Friday: 12:00 - 14:00 & 18:30 - 22:00
Saturday: 12:30 - 14:00 & 18:30 - 22:00

a very special evening with delicious food, not a place to find paella but sophisticated cuisine in an extremely friendly environment.

Lidia Badia 12 September 2014
From London

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More about Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Awarded its first Michelin Star within only a few months of opening, Ametsa with Arzak Instruction offers a unique and exquisite take on Basque cuisine within the 5-star Halkin Hotel.

Crafting the deep, earthy flavours of Spain’s Basque region, Ametsa is borne from the father & daughter team who head up the 3 Michelin-starred Arzak restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain. Menus showcase the finest organic, local produce sourced from land and sea, with guests invited to experience groundbreaking dishes like ‘from egg to chicken’, ‘quick-changing squid’, or ox cheeks with vanilla.

Ametsa at The Halkin has recently launched tapas and set lunch menus, including options of spider crab salad, and an Iberico ham plate.

Experimental twists for dessert at Ametsa in Knightsbridge includes dishes like clove custard with pineapple ice cream, or French toast with mango and coconut. A striking dining room filled with brilliant white surfaces and golden tubular ceiling coverings is the work of acclaimed designer, Ab Rogers.

Glamorous and elegant, Ametsa restaurant in London is a 10-minute walk from Knightsbridge Tube Station.

Customer Reviews for Ametsa with Arzak Instruction


(based on 36 reviews)

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12 September 2014 by Lidia Badia from London
a very special evening with delicious food, not a place to find paella but sophisticated cuisine in an extremely friendly environment.
10 September 2014 by Joe S from London
Ametsa is a fantastic dining experience. I had booked a Bookatable Star Deal for our wedding anniversary and got a great time at 7.30pm on a Friday night to enjoy the special menu. I had notified them in advance of my gluten allergy and it turned out that they'd gone to special trouble to get a gluten free menu arranged for me - which was so appealing that my wife chose to have the same (even though she doesn't have gluten allergy). The restaurant was full and so had a lively though not noisy atmosphere. The staff as ever were very attentive and friendly. We very much enjoyed the wines proposed for us - the cava, Belondrade y Lurton white, Roda rioja and dessert wine were all Spanish wines and delicious. I highly recommend the Ametsa restaurant and will be returning myself soon (I hope!).
5 September 2014 by Howard Friend from London, United Kingdom
A lovely, modern restaurant in the stylish Halkin Hotel. Service for early midweek dinner was all it should be, charming, friendly and talkative, too. Wines by the glass selected for us were delicious and not overpriced. The food was original, subtle and presented with great flair. Whole experience hard to fault.
26 August 2014 by Paul Atkins from Winchester
Outstanding from every point of view.
24 August 2014 by Rosemary from London
Fantastic food and service
23 August 2014 by Tom Gammons from London
Immaculate, modern surroundings in a hotel building designed within classic Georgian Belgravia proportions, but clearly a recent addition. Ametsa came highly recommended given its acquisition of a Michelin star within 6 months of its inception, and our experience was that it was richly-deserved. Not going too far down the 'Hestonised' molecular gastro route, yet applying plainly highly sophisticated techniques, the food is approachable, understandable and ultimately, extremely rewarding on the palate. We went for the tapas taster star deal which threw in a glass of decent pink cava. The black squid in ink was the highlight of the starters, even outshining the wonderful Iberico ham and egg yolk counterparts. This was followed by flawless fish - let them eat hake! Probably the best hake I've sampled, then to loin of lamb, rare yet blood-free and served with a curious but perfectly-complimentary citrus cous-cous and 'celery illusion'. Don't be put off by the slightly theatrical descrptions on this menu; just ask for detail if it's too opqaue to deduce what the dish comprises. Polished off with a witty French toats dessert seemingly modelled on a croque monsieur, we finished replete but not overfaced, which is as it should be. Wine list was restricted but made the decision easier - went for a 'cheap' Monastrell '11 at £35 but impeccably-served. Indeed, the entire service was precise and efficient without being excessivly-formal. The waiters were very knowledgeable and always happy to disucuss the dining experience wih good humility despite their clear achievements. The Arzak influence is clear and as it's probably the closest I'll ever get to sampling the delights of the worldbeating favourite, I think I made the best of it.
Highly-recommended for those who want a more intimate and measured Michelin experience, at relatively competitive prices for the quality and locality.
19 August 2014 by David Diepbrink from London
We had mixed feelings before going to Ametsa. On the one hand, the expectations of having a Michelin-starred Spanish dinner, on the other hand, we read some devastating reviews online from reputable newspapers. We are happy to say that we left the restaurant on a rather positive note. The set menu was very well presented, portion size excellent and the variety of tastes and textures was more than enjoyable. The fact that Ametsa had one of my all-time favourite Spanish wines on their wine list added to the overall experience. Staff was friendly, responsive and knowledgable. Definitely worth another visit.
18 August 2014 by Dorothy Strickland from London
Very elegant restaurant in the lovely Halkin Hotel. Staff are delightful (and have a sense of humour) and the service in the bar and restaurant was faultless.
Enjoyed delicious cocktails before dinner - the Gin Martini was my choice - then through to a set menu, all of which was delicious. I would like to return and dine a la carte. The wines were very well chosen but fairly pricey. This is a special occasion place - we are returning with friends next month.
15 August 2014 by Andy Thompson from London
Its a very nice restaurant with food prepared with class and attention to detail. However, the dining room is a little soulless and there's not much else around for a pre drink.
11 August 2014 by Steve Riordan from London
Nice restaurant, excellent service, food was very good

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

The Halkin by COMO, Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DJ

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