Harden's survey result
“Very experimental”, “highly creative and fun tasting menus” win high praise for this “high-end Basque eatery”, and although one or two reporters “expected more given its association with the fabulous Arzak in San Sebastian”, most are dazzled by its “skilful and dramatic” cuisine. The very ‘boutique-hotel-y’ dining room is “clinical”, but “what the space lacks in ambience is more than made up for by the terrific attitude of the staff!”
“It was like having a magician as a waiter”, say fans of the Arzac family’s Belgravia outpost, extolling “course after course of treats, from mouthfuls to more substantial dishes, all exploring new tastes”. The room itself can seem “as dull as ditchwater” however, and critics are disappointed by food they find “more startling to the eye than agreeable to the palette”.
“The strange taste combinations always work better than you expect” – “incredible” – and come with “very good wine pairings” (“interesting Spanish wines never seen or heard of before”) at this Belgravia outpost of star Basque chef, Juan Mari Arzak. A disgruntled minority of reporters deliver the opposite verdict however, and the setting is “rather dull”.
“We’d heard bad things, but it was stunningly good!” – star Spanish chef, Juan Mari Arzak’s “stark” Belgravian can still seem “underwhelming” to some, but (after some rocky early years) it won much more consistent adulation this year for its “passionate” service, and “fascinating, semi-molecular Basque cuisine”.
Ametsa brings the flavours of the Basque Country to the heart of Belgravia at COMO The Halkin. Ametsa’s approach is rooted in the traditions of Basque cuisine, pairing the techniques of Spain’s Basque Country with British seasonal ingredients to create a selection of light tapas-style dishes and heartier sharing plates. The result is a relaxed neighbourhood dining experience for everyone to enjoy, lunch or dinner.
|Wine per bottle||£16.95|
Ametsa’s Private Dining Room can be reserved separately for a gathering of up to 24 guests, or in conjunction with the restaurant for a larger function accommodating up to 68.
Ametsa at COMO The Halkin Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Fine hotel restaurant in a very upscale off Hyde Park location. Excellent staff - on bar service and restaurant. Food that was less than the sum of its parts - clever in concept, superbly executed, but ultimately lacking in the big flavours associated with gutsy Spanish (or Basque) cooking. Cocina nueva with a noughties vibe. Looked amazing, subtle in texture, but no lingering taste or memory to speak of."
"The £49 promotional dinner menu, 4 courses and two glasses of wine must be one of the best values in London. The food is inventive and absolutely top notch. Good, friendly, enthusiastic service and a tasteful modern style room with nicely spaced tables. Hope the young shriekers don't discover it."
5 Halkin St, London, SW1X 7DJ
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|Monday||6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12:30 pm-2 pm, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm|