Ametsa specialises in bringing the unique and wonderful flavours of the Basque Country to the heart of Belgravia at COMO The Halkin. This stylish restaurant’s approach is rooted in the traditions of Basque cuisine, and it combines the techniques of this Spanish cuisine with British seasonal ingredients to create a diverse offering of light tapas-style dishes and heartier sharing plates. The result is a relaxed neighbourhood dining experience that is perfect for dining during lunch and dinner. One of our favourite London restaurants, Ametsa offers an unparalleled dining experience.
The private dining room can be reserved for groups of up to 22 guests. You can also reserve in conjunction with the main dining room for up to 68.
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This is a very odd place, because the food is very good, and it is a beautifully designed space, but on a Saturday evening, as other reviewers have noted, it is half empty. The problem is really with the service. It's not that there weren't enough waiters - they seemed to outnumber the diners - but they just got it wrong. From the initial greeting which was professional and brusque, when what we wanted was warm and welcoming, to the waitress who insisted in talking us through the food menu before letting us settle and asking if we wanted a drink. It is a Spanish and indeed a Basque restaurant, but I was met with blank incomprehension when I asked if they had olives, or Pintxos. This place is close to being really great, except that in spite of many previous reviews referencing the poor service, they really haven't got it sorted.
Wow, this was an amazing dinner. Service was impeccable. Would go back in a heartbeat!
great food and great service.Everything was perfect.Good quality food andot expensive for London.
Ametsa has rightly earned its Michelin star, tutoring London in the ways of the New Basque cuisine revolution spearheaded by Ametsa’s collaboration with Juan Mari Arzak. His flagship restaurant, Arzak in San Sebastian, holds three Michelin stars, while his colleague and daughter Elena Arzak won Restaurant magazine’s Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef award in 2012. With these stellar credentials we can affirm that Ametsa, located in COMO The Halkin hotel in London’s Belgravia, is a one-of-a-kind Spanish restaurant. We can also confirm a strong genetic predisposition towards world-class Basque cookery amongst the Arzak clan.
The decor at Ametsa is stunning. By London’s Ab Rogers Design, features like a spice-filled, wave-shaped ceiling and an idiosyncratic angled oak floor ready you for the ecstatic culinary experience ahead. It’s wise to opt for Ametsa’s tasting menu if you’re uninitiated into the pleasures of Basque cooking. This way you can explore an incredibly curated selection of dishes that are in equal parts beautiful and delicious. The first forkful feels blasphemous, like you’ve desecrated a sculpture, but from then on it’s a heady journey through the earthy, seasonal flavours of Spanish Basque cuisine given a bold, contemporary spin. The Halkin by COMO The Halkin hotel, along Halkin Street in London’s gorgeous district of Belgravia, has certainly scored a major coup by bringing the delights of San Sebastian to London.