Ametza with Arzak Instruction

Ametsa (4 of 20)
Ametsa with Arzak Instruction
History and Background:

1 Michelin star 

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 first customer of the day..

The meal:

We got a set deal for lunch here for just £27, a deal which I believe they still have at the moment. Tasting menus can be up to £145 and if ordering from the A La Carte expect it to be well over £50. So I do recommend the set lunch if you are to visit!

Ametsa (5 of 20)
Amuse bouche to start off with. I want their slanted glass tube!
Ametsa (6 of 20)
Chipirones en su Tinta (Black Ink Squid)
Ametsa (7 of 20)
Jamon Iberico sobre Almohadas de Pan con Tomate
Ametsa (8 of 20)
Iberico Ham over Bread Pillow
Ametsa (9 of 20)
Pimientos de Piquillo Confitados (Confit Piquillo Peppers)
I have been meaning to give this a second visit when I can, some of their other dishes are equally as exquisite. Colours as well as the plating are done really well here, the food of course, is good too.

Ametsa (10 of 20)
Bacalao Empedrado
Ametsa (11 of 20)
Rocky Cod
Ametsa (12 of 20)
Jarrete de Ternera con Cerveza, Cebolla y su Hueso
Ametsa (13 of 20)
Beef Shin with the Bone, Onion and Beer
Ametsa (14 of 20)
This was my main, and boy was it good! Meat soft to the bone, with the sauce making it really succulent
Ametsa (16 of 20)
Torrija de Mango y Coco
Ametsa (17 of 20)
French Toast with Mango and Coconut
Ametsa (18 of 20)
Clove Custard, Toasted Milk and Pineapple Ice Cream
Ametsa (19 of 20)
Petite Fours
Service: 12.5% service charge

Bits and bobs:

  • Their dishes are known for the visual appeal and exquisitivity, they have desserts that change colour amongst other things, so maybe check your Instagram feed before going!
  • Cloakroom service available

Price: ££ (only because I got the set deal for £27)

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