Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

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

Main Course £28
Food Spend £50
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

First class dining experience in modern spacious and comfortable surroundings. Food and service both excellent.

David John 25 March 2017
From Dorking

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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 COMO The 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 COMO The Halkin has recently launched tapas and set lunch menus, including options of spider crab salad, and an Iberico ham plate. You can also enjoy a unique Afternoon Tea at COMO The Halkin bar.

Experimental twists for dessert at Ametsa in Knightsbridge includes dishes like The Big Truffle 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 298 reviews)

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29 March 2017 by Angelika from London
We are both used to fine dining and fancied to try Ametsa.We chose the special deal menu. The atmosphere was pleasant and unpretentious and the service excellent. Food was a mixed bag however. The home made bread was very good and the little tapas mainly good. The mushroom tapas however felt greasy and unpleasant. We both enjoyed our mains pig cheeks and the cod with garlic petals so it would be nice if they had been hot and not just lukewarm. I really did not like the dessert I had chosen which is called The big truffle. It is a chocolate sphere and when the hot sauce is poured over it it dissolves .The resulting chocolate goo was most unpleasant. The sommelier really knows his stuff and picked a super Basque wine that could stand up to both the mains well.
All in all a pleasant experience but could be much better.
27 March 2017 by Maggie Pearson from London
Very charming environment and the initial impact of the soft spices was great. Well laid out room and it was easy to talk to each other so the acoustics were good, the staff could not have been more helpful especially as one of us had a shellfish allergy. The food is presented beautifully but the taste across the board did not meet the expectations from the presentation.
27 March 2017 by Monisha Bhalla from Windsor
We went on a Friday night - it was very busy. Service was ok - somewhat robotic but clearly well trained. The food....I would say it is an acquired taste. We try lots of restaurants around the world and this was very much a case of either you love it or you don't like it. Of the 6 dishes we tasted (starter, mains and dessert) - I think our party of 6 people enjoyed about 2 (all different). To us it was more a case of pretentious presentation as opposed to actual taste.

We were told our duck would come with chips - it arrived without and when questioned were informed it didn't come with chips after all. Of course we were then provided with chips but duly charged! I would have thought this calibre of restaurant would have had a more interesting option that fries but that's by the by. We ordered vegetables to go with the mains - very basic steamed veg....nothing creative or interesting.

Value - well we had a £38 (3 course with glass of cava) offer - but ended up paying £90 pp (including wines) I don't think £38 was value and £90 definitely not.

As mentioned earlier - I am sure there are people who would enjoy it - unfortunately we weren't amongst them.
27 March 2017 by Keith from London
Great food and perfect service
25 March 2017 by David John from Dorking
First class dining experience in modern spacious and comfortable surroundings. Food and service both excellent.
25 March 2017 by nickko from london
24 March 2017 by Andrew Bramidge from Harlow
Contemporary restaurant with very friendly and polite staff. Lovely set menu but perhaps trying a bit too hard - presentation was beautiful but could have been pared back a bit to focus on flavour. Confit red pepper starter was delicious as was the tuna. Excellent wine list and we had an excellent Basque white wine on the advice of the sommellier.
23 March 2017 by Margaret Chow from Vancouver
Really liked the modern decor. Service was exceptional. Food: 1) presentation was beautiful, 2) very tasty, and 3) really enjoyed the surprise elements e.g. peach that is not a peach!
20 March 2017 by Michael Randall from London
The staff were really attentive and make sure the whole experience was a pleasure. There were many aspects of the meal which were great, the starters were delicious. Could not fault anything.
19 March 2017 by Matias De vas from London
The iberic pork was amazing! Also the boiled egg with basque chorizo...
The wine pairing was fantastic.
Excelent food and service.

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

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

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