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With its plain white walls and undulating ceiling installation of spice-filled test tubes, there's something distinctly "clinical" about Ametsa – although that doesn't apply to the experimental food created by world-leading Basque "micro-gastronomists" Juan Mari and Elena Arzák. Even with the sky-high prices, readers rave about the tasting menu – from whizz-bang aperitivos to blood-orange marshmallows with coffee. In between, expect a procession of outstanding dishes served at just the right tempo and punctuated with "instructive interchanges" from the friendly, immaculately dressed staff. These "fabulously presented" edible works of art often have wacky titles on the menu (graffiti egg, monkfish confetti, muddied lamb, among others), but "superlative" ideas abound: "unbelievably tender" suckling pig on carob crumb with olive and fig quenelle; John Dory with cauliflower, leek and 'exploding' beetroot tempura, and clove custard with a 'tent' of milk crisps and pineapple ice cream. As for wine, the sommelier's enthusiasm for introducing guests to new sensations is infectious.
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Some of the critics’ anticipated openings of 2013. Opened by Elena Arzak, deemed to be the Best Female Chef in 2012, the restaurant is located on the ground floor of The Halkin Hotel, just off Hyde Park Tube Station specialising in Basque Spanish food. Arrival was to a rather bland and soulless room lined up with square tables and plain white walls, but upon looking up at the ceiling, you will find 7000 glass test tubes filled with cumin and spices. Rather impressive. Sitting down can be rather daunting as I watched half a dozen pair of eyes seep into me as I take my seat… guess this is what happens when you’re their...
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Does any part of this restaurants name “Ametsa with Arzak Instruction” ring any bells? Well if you call yourself a foodie – it should do (otherwise I’ll let you off). Arzak is a Spanish restaurant in San Sebastian and is regularly refereed to as one of the best restaurants in the world, with no less than three Michelin stars of course. With such a wealth of accolades you could imagine the frenzy when the Arzak family announced the opening of a London venture in 2013, naming it Ametsa with Arzak Instruction. The restaurant sits within the sumptuous Halkin by Como hotel in London’s Belgravia district and if this restaurant...
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Most foodies will have heard of Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain. Owned by the Arzak family and a restaurant for more than 100 years, it has held it’s 3 Michelin stars since 1989. The kitchen is now run by father Juan-Mari and daughter Elena Arzak and is at the forefront of gastronomy the world over. It is my dream to visit San Sebastian where there are more Michelin starred restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world, but in the mean time I will have to settle for a visit to Ametsa with Arzak Instruction – a London based off-shoot of the San Sebastian original. The simplest way to describe it is that Arzak...
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I’m in the process of planning a trip to San Sebastian and the Basque region. It’s a part of Spain well known for a concentration of excellent restaurants and bars – including Arzak – a three-star Michelin restaurant.In the meantime and with some serendipity, I got an invitation to visit Ametsa with Arzak Instruction – a unique collaboration between Elena Arzak, her father Juan Mari Arzak, and Mikel Sorazu, Igor Zalakain and Xabier Gutierrez. Executive Head Chef, Sergi Sanz trained with Arzak in Spain after starting his career working under Ferran Adria at the El Bulli Hotel Hacienda Benazuza in Andalucia.
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Three-star wizards in their home of San Sebastian, London is extremely lucky to have the Arzak family take-up residence at the Halkin Hotel. Through “instruction” at their restaurant Ametsa, daughter Elena is a frequent visitor to the UK to bring new menus and to ensure that standards are kept impeccably high. Basque cuisine is famous for its lightness of touch and surprising combination of tradition and modernity, which makes Ametsa with Arzak Instruction such a wonderful dining experience.From the starters, the mild loin of tuna is carefully seared after a light smoking. Coating the fish is a cinnamon and apple...
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Ametsa with Arzak Instruction is situated on Halkin Street in South West London, but you might be forgiven for thinking it&s in the heart of Spain. Ametsa with Arzak Instruction is a unique restaurant, offering a menu of mouth-watering dishes from the Basque region of Spain.The d&cor in the restaurant itself is outstanding. The main focal point is the ceiling, which is created from 7,000 glass receptacles, filled with spices. It’s an impressive and memorable site.
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