This Michelin-starred Spanish restaurant at COMO 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 Spanish 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 £29 for two courses) offering a more accessible option. Sherries and Spanish wine dominate the wine list.
Lunch menus start from £29, 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.
|Venue name:||Ametsa with Arzak Instruction||Contact:|
COMO The Halkin
5 Halkin Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served Tue-Fri noon-2pm & Sat 12.30-2pm; Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Hyde Park Corner|
|Price:||Main courses £26-£39. Set lunch £29.|
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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.
Smug and poor value for money - we were left feeling sick after the evening tasting menu.. really disappointed.
Had a lovely time here enjoying a culinary tour of their incredible lunch tasting menu! A lovely lunch experience, I highly recommend it.
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.