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If Ametsa’s dining room looks a little clinical with its test tubes of spices undulating in the ceiling, that’s no coincidence – there’s a meticulous, almost scientific approach to gastronomy here. But it’s also worth taking notice of the poppies etched on the mirrors because the cooking has a boundary-pushing, dreamlike quality, intended to astound more than just the taste buds. The menu describes its dishes in a florid style – ‘scallops leaving home’, ‘tuna with cinnamon on fire’ and ‘sea bass with celery illusion’ – and they all deliver “incredible artistry” and Michelin-starred “wows” galore. A dessert of orange toast with spinach has a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity to round off the meal. “Fantastically knowledgeable staff” get their share of plaudits, while the sommelier is “informative and spot-on” when it comes to the Spanish-biased wine list. “Pure theatre”.


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Lunch tasting menu £56 per person

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Available: 28 April 2016

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Dinner tasting menu £110 per person

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Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

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

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Ametsa - make sure you add it to your list of London restaurants to visit!

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Jun 2016

We had the pleasure of dining at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction on Fri 10 June, we opted for the lunchtime tasting menu, we are not disappointed! It was pure theatre from start to finish, wonderful food, combinations you would not think of putting together, a really interesting and varied menu which kept us guessing. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the staff were fantastic, attentive without being too overbearing. I cannot wait to book my next visit! Thank you so much to the Ametsa team, what...

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Nicola T.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

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

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Outstanding

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Apr 2016

Editor's pick I was recently taken to Ametsa somewhere I hadn't been before and I have to say I was blown away. From the moment we arrived at the perfectly discreet and warm environment of the Halkin in which Ametsa sits the evening was a wonderful journey. The staff are without a doubt some of the most knowledgeable I've come across with the perfect mix of being friendly, warm and informative. The food is the main highlight though, if you opt for the tasting menu (which I highly recommend) you are...

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Katherine R.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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

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Brilliantly showcased Spanish restaurant that's the whole package

by   gold reviewer (47)

Aug 2015

I'll start by saying I haven't ever really had Spanish food that wasn't your average tapas fare so I was excited to see what it could be like when refined. I wasn't disappointed at all but more importantly, everything about Ametsa is excellent. The service in particular is a highlight. The staff are warm, friendly and welcoming. They seem genuinely excited about the menu. Even the wine list is friendly - I know a fair bit about wine but am always overwhelmed when I go to a restaurant...

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Rebecca L.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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Amazing Ametsa

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Oct 2014

Our reaction to Ametsa getting a Michelin star so soon after setting up in London was a touch cynical, so we were on the look-out for a let-down. However, this is the kind of restaurant where you just know you're going to enjoy it as soon as you are welcomed into the contemporary, stylish dining room; somehow it feels right, and the Red Guide was right. We were treated to a sequence of outstanding dishes served at just the right tempo and punctuated with instructive interchanges with the excellent...

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Paul A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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Amazing Ametsa

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Oct 2014

Our reaction to Ametsa getting a Michelin star so soon after setting up in London was a touch cynical, so we were on the look-out for a let-down. However, this is the kind of restaurant where you just know you're going to enjoy it as soon as you are welcomed into the contemporary, stylish dining room; somehow it feels right, and the Red Guide was right. We were treated to a sequence of outstanding dishes served at just the right tempo and punctuated with instructive interchanges with the excellent...

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Paul A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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by   platinum reviewer (122)

Mar 2014

I liked everything about this restaurant from the style of cooking, the presentation, the very friendly attentive service, the décor with the myriad of spice-filled (apparently) test tubes suspended from the ceiling which adds a fun element to an otherwise elegant and very comfortable room. Oh and I had better mention the food. The tasting menu attracted attention, which I thought consisted of 5 courses but actually turned out to be 8 with a generous John Dory dish which was not my favourite. Prior...

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

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Perfect light lunch bites

by   silver reviewer (21)

Nov 2013

We chose the tapas lunch menu with is good value for high quality tapas including an excellent main course and petit fours with coffee. Slightly dissappointed in that we did not sample the more experimental type food I would have liked to tried, even one thing small just to make me want to come back for more! Service was good until we were trying to get attention to ask for the bill. Room is a bit sterile.

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

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by   platinum reviewer (108)

Jun 2013

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

To start with the conclusion (sorry for ruining the suspense), what a disappointment given all the expectations around this new opening. In fact this was one of the most hyped about new openings in recent times OK so to go along in full order and details. It starts off with one of the most underwhelming dinning room atmospheres as of late. What an awful design and layout which makes most airports or train stations almost cosy and inviting by comparison. The service is actually rather nice and tries...

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

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

by   bronze reviewer (6)

May 2013

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

There was a mix up with my Ledbury booking so this was suggested to me as a viable alternative. I remembered reading the fanfare of press about it pre-launch and thought it would be a good alternative for my client dinner. I should have been sceptical as I managed to get a table for 7 with a weeks’ notice. Post booking, I read the rather scathing reviews which I generally dismiss as they are critiqued at launch before the initial teething problems are ironed out. We all chose the tasting menu of...

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

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  • Cuisine: Spanish Tapas
  • Area: Knightsbridge
  • Price: £79.00
  • Wine: £35.00
  • Champagne: £70.00
  • Lunch: £29 (2 courses)
  • Private Dining: 30

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