Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

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Venue says: "Enjoy a two-course tapas set lunch with tea, coffee and petit fours for £27.50, available Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm-2pm."
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This Michelin-starred restaurant at The Halkin Hotel comes from the Arzak family - famed for their eponymous, three Michelin-starred restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain. Ametsa offers a similarly intricate showcase of New Basque cuisine, with contemporary interpretations of classic dishes from the north-east of Spain. 

The menu might include dishes such as seasonal vegetables with sesame and summer truffle, grouse with dry apricot mousse and golden berries, suckling pig on a bed of carob crumbs, and leche 'tostada' con helado de piña asada - a dessert of clove custard, toasted milk and pineapple ice cream.

A tasting menu - with or without wine pairing - is available alongside the a la carte at dinner, with a set lunch menu (currently £27.50 for three courses) offering a more accessible option. Sherries and Spanish wine dominate the wine list.  

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Ametsa with Arzak Instruction says
Ametsa is a Spanish restaurant whose approach is rooted in the traditions of 'New Basque Cuisine', pairing the earthy flavours and techniques of Spain's Basque region with modern, surprising twists featuring locally-sourced and organic produce from land and sea.

The restaurant's interior was designed by London-based Ab Rogers Design, who took inspiration from the raw aesthetic of the original Arzak restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain, which holds three Michelin-stars.

Lunch menus start from £27.50 including tapas starters. The restaurant is located close to Knightsbridge and Victoria, just off Hyde Park Corner.

Ametsa also has a private dining room that can be reserved separately for an intimate gathering of up to 28 guests or in conjunction with the restaurant for a larger function accommodating up to 70.

Ametsa achieved a Michelin star within the first six months of opening.
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Venue name: Ametsa with Arzak Instruction
Address: The Halkin Hotel
5 Halkin Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Sat; Dinner served 6-10.30pm daily
Transport: Tube: Hyde Park Corner
Price: Main courses £26-£39. Set lunch £27.50.
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My boyfriend bought some vouchers from Time Out Offers so we decided to give it a try and we're very pleased with our experience. We had a set menu consisting of a starter, a main course and a dessert plus a glass of cava. The starters were ok but the main courses were superb! I had the ox cheek with vanilla sauce and it was as tender as I could wish, with delicious melt-in-your-mouth gelatine and perfectly paired with a gravy-like sauce combined with the vanilla infused sauce. My boyfriend got the hake with red peppers and it was also first class. The hake was snowy white and very well cooked and the peppers add a nice touch to it. But he said that the best was the rice side dish that was served along with it. The dessert was a french toast covered with a thin slice of mango and a coconut cream and it was also delicious. Also, the staff were attentive and very nice so we can say that overall it was a great dinner.

Laura B

Sadly disappointing for a Michelin stared venue. Booked a 3 course dinner on the Time Out deal. 3 of us dined at 7.30 on a Thursday. By 9.30 we were still waiting for our main course. Service was excruciatingly slow. My friends ordered a bottle of wine and the waiter poured about an inch into each glass so 2 sips and this was gone, and the glasses were empty for far too long. Eventually they asked for the bottle to be left on the table, meaning they were presented with over half a bottle of wine as we were served dessert. Not the ideal way to enjoy a drink - having to down it at the end of a meal. Service was so bad that without us even making a complaint, the waiter apologised as he brought us the bill. We all left hungry after a full 3 courses and were so glad we hadn't paid full price. There are much better places to eat, don't bother with this one. 




Having read about the legendary Arzak Restaurant in San Sebastián, Spain, it was an easy call to go and try out his London based venture. The night started with a glass of the exquisite house Cava, continued with a selection of three tapas (scallops, squid and Iberico ham), on to a main of Hake, a dessert of "Passion Fruit Chimneys" and ended with the most amazing chocolates. The food was pure, yet extremely rich and flavoursome. If I would be a Michelin Rater, I would have to say, I doubt if the restaurant would keep it's Star. Service, even though good and very polite, was at times very clumsy and made the team seem inexperienced. Overall absolutely no unpleasant experience, but definitely not the best I've had.