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

The food from the a la carte menu was excellent and the staff were very attentive with a friendly approach. The wine list was interesting with a good selection. Will definitely go again.

Nalini Contractor 4 February 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 22 reviews)

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24 July 2014 by Rajeev Samant from London
Excellent food and very attentive, friendly service - unusual for a Michelin star restaurant! I would go back in a jiffy...
4 February 2014 by Nalini Contractor from London
The food from the a la carte menu was excellent and the staff were very attentive with a friendly approach. The wine list was interesting with a good selection. Will definitely go again.
21 January 2014 by Diane Semark from Hitchin
Interesting food beautifully cooked and attentive service
20 January 2014 by John Mobbs from Weybridge
After reading many very positive reviews of this restaurant, I was really looking forward to visiting with my wife. We visited on a special deal set menu, which started with a glass of delicious, dry Cava Reserva. The starters were two Tapas to share, the delicious “Joselito” Iberian Ham and the unusual Black Ink Squid. Served in its jet-black ink, the first time I have tried squid this way, I have to say that it was a real highlight of the meal. Delicious and well seasoned, the squid was exquisitely tender and well cooked.

Both of us opted for the Ox Cheek with Vanilla for our main. This dish was again cooked to perfection, the ox cheek having a delicious melt in your mouth texture, and the dish was perfectly balanced with a sweet but slightly sharp apple puree. The French Toast with Mango & Coconut dessert was a fruity and light dish, which complimented the two courses that preceded it. The meal was rounded off with a choice of coffee and a selection of great-tasting petit fours. I really enjoyed the blood orange marshmallow!

Another highlight of the experience was the service. Perfectly attentive and informed staff, but never over pushy and not at all pretentious. I had seen others comment that they found the restaurant a little cold and uninviting, but I really did not feel this way. I found it felt very welcoming and comfortable, and by the time the restaurant had reached full capacity it had a really good atmosphere.

Unfortunately, there was an accident at the table next to us, resulting in some broken glass spillages, but the staff dealt with this remarkably well with minimal interruption to the other diners. The sommelier was also excellent and helped us select a great bottle of red wine to accompany our meal

Overall an excellent experience, and I look forward to returning and possibly trying the tasting menu next time, which from what I saw of other diners, looked tantalisingly amazing.
19 January 2014 by Philippa Fieldhouse from Egham
The service was absolutely fantastic and this was completely matched by the food. Would really recommend this restaurant, an absolute jewel.
19 January 2014 by Diane Soames from London
Food was superb and excellent value, however no atmosphere in restaurant even though it was busy with diners
6 January 2014 by Nicola Mathers from London
I came here with friends for my birthday. The service was absolutely first class and the food delicious. Even though we had the deal we treated no differently. I can not fault the restaurant.
6 January 2014 by James Kershaw from london
fantastic food and service.we had the £38 deal which was great.the drinks were pricey but delicious.we also had amazing service and drinks in the bar...Ricardo was excellent
6 January 2014 by Susana Padilla-espino from London
I booked a set dinner as a birthday present for my niece. The restaurant is in a five star hotel which also has a separate bar with comfy seats and a trendy décor. The drinks menu was extensive and I enjoyed my Fino and the smiles from the friendly waiter! At the restaurant all the staff were very friendly and very professional, with a good knowledge of the wines on offer. The set menu started with crispy champagne and was followed by jamon de bellota and squid cooked in its ink. This was followed by mouth watering ox cheek with vanilla for my niece (her side dish was decorated with petals) and very well cooked cod with peppers for me with a side of seafood risotto. The star of the night was the mango and coconut dessert with mango ice-cream, really delicious! Each dish was timed really well and we were asked if we wanted more time between the mains and the dessert, we probably had very happy-stuffed faces! The only tiny downside is the location, a bit isolated and quiet. Overall a very good experience and worth the extra cost, as this is not a dining experience to be had in a standard restaurant. I would recommend it to anyone who likes good quality cuisine.
24 December 2013 by Anne from London
Unfortunately, despite a beautiful set up, the overall experience was rather disappointing and definitely bad value for money.

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

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