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19 April 2014
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Ametsa with Arzak Instruction two stars

The Halkin, 5 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ

£79.00 Spanish , Tapas Knightsbridge

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  • Wine: £35.00
  • Champagne: £70.00
  • Lunch: £24.50 (2 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-2pm (Sat 12.30pm- ) Mon-Sun 6.30-10pm

Square Meal Review of Ametsa with Arzak Instruction ?

Ametsa is the first project outside Spain for Juan Mari and Elena Arzák, whose San Sebastián restaurant has held three Michelin stars since 1989. Their take on la nueva cocina vasca is less extreme than some of the Spanish avant-garde, but it’s still loaded with delightful tricks. ‘Quick-changing’ squid parcels mutate in their inky broth, a cassava soufflé with scallops resembles a baby Zeppelin, and there’s a main course entitled ‘following the duck’s footprints’. Playful surprises are a given – anyone for an ‘unexpected sole’, beef fillet with passion fruit or ‘moon rocks’ (a lunar-themed confection comprising chocolate-coated pebbles of freeze-dried orange on sesame-seed ‘sand’). The whole show takes place in modernist dining room with huge windows, minimalist furniture and a golden wave of spice-filled test-tubes over the ceiling. Prices are far from cheap, but service is surprisingly helpful and there’s plenty of “happy laughter” to lift the mood.

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  1. Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

    The Halkin, 5 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ
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    Foodess

    'Caught on the Up' perhaps

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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  2. Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

    The Halkin, 5 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ
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    Nevine H.

    Perfect light lunch bites

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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 8

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  3. Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

    The Halkin, 5 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ
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    London Gourmet
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 5

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  4. Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

    The Halkin, 5 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ
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    Will F.

    2 Michelin star price tag for very mediocre food....

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    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 1

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 4th March 2014

    The Food Judge :: Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

    I’d really not fancied going to Ametsa. It wasn’t only the name that put me off. The negative reviews didn’t help. Ametsa with Arzak Instruction? What does that even mean? I’d heard of Arzak, the restaurant in San Sebastian. It’s on my bucket list. A look at the Arzak website shows Arzak has a separate arm, called Arzak Instruction, which offers consultancy services to food operators. So this is the reason for the unusual name. It’s very literal. And a bit of a mouthful. The restaurant is in the Halkin Hotel, yet another one of those London places that I can’t believe I haven’t been to before...
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  2. Published : Tuesday, 4th March 2014

    Saying it straight :: Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

    I’d really not fancied going to Ametsa. It wasn’t only the name that put me off. The negative reviews didn’t help. Ametsa with Arzak Instruction? What does that even mean? I’d heard of Arzak, the restaurant in San Sebastian. It’s on my bucket list. A look at the Arzak website shows Arzak has a separate arm, called Arzak Instruction, which offers consultancy services to food operators. So this is the reason for the unusual name. It’s very literal. And a bit of a mouthful. The restaurant is in the Halkin Hotel, yet another one of those London places that I can’t believe I haven’t been to before...
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  3. Published : Monday, 27th January 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

    Father and daughter duo Juan Mari Arzak and Elena Arzak Espina own their eponymous restaurant in San Sebastian, Spain and have held their three Michelin star status for over twenty years. Rather than open their own venture over here, they’ve instead decided to oversee a restaurant, thus creating Ametsa with Arzak Instruction – not the most exciting name ever created! The restaurant is based in the Halkin Hotel and it received a Michelin star shortly after opening. The hotel had an understated interior and wasn’t particularly glamorous, but the dining room was a little more impressive. Orange plastic test tubes hung from the ceiling, transforming an otherwise plain space into something rather more attractive. We were seated by the window and felt very comfortable indeed. It was busy too, with the lively buzz of fellow diners filling the air...
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  4. As the name suggests, Ametsa by Arzak Instruction draws its culinary inspiration from the famous three-Michelin starred Arzak in San Sebastian, Spain. Arzak made its name by introducing Nouvelle Basque cooking to the world. By taking the traditions of this fine food region and overlaying it with an inspired modern touch, the imagination of Arzak caught the world’s attention. In 1989 it attained its three-Michelin star status, an accolade that it continues to hold to this day. And so it is that the philosophy behind Ametsa is also one of ‘New Basque Cuisine’, a matching of the traditions of the Basque region with modern techniques...
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  5. Ametsa was meant to be one of the hottest restaurant openings in London in 2013; it was the talk of the town for months before its official opening in March. Created by the heavy-weight Spanish duo of Juan and Elena Arzak, it aims to produce Spanish gastronomy using British ingredients; a welcome concept given the lack of high-end Spanish dining in London...
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  6. Published : Sunday, 17th March 2013

    The Hedonist :: Review-Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

    If Ametsa with Arzak Instruction is going to win any prizes, the gong for unlikeliest name is theirs for the taking. It is the London outpost of 3 Michelin-starred Arzak, the San Sebastián restaurant co run by Elena Arzak – voted Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef in 2012 – and her father Juan Mari Arzak...
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  7. Given the buzz around anything Arzak, it comes as no surprise that on the day that the reservation lines opened for Ametsa the restaurant received over a 1,000 requests for a table. We were lucky enough to secure a booking and decided to visit Ametsa on their opening day. In fact we were the first guests to be seated and served for dinner on their opening day...
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  • Address: The Halkin, 5 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ
  • Telephone: 020 7333 1234
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  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-2pm (Sat 12.30pm- ) Mon-Sun 6.30-10pm
  • Capacities: Private room for 30 people

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