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Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

The original in Spain is feted as one of the best restaurants in the world and holds three Michelin stars. This new restaurant is 'rooted in the traditions of ‘New Basque Cuisine’ which in practice means combining flavours you'd expect from that region with modern twists.

Critic reviews - total score 5 out of 10

Critics' score: 5.5 Steve Dineen City AM
Reviewed on August 07, 2013
"Ametsa is fussy and extravagant. It revels in its own cleverness, occasionally – although, honestly, not very often – at the expense of making something that just tastes nice. But that’s the point. It does what it says on the tin – a tin made of toasted milk and dreams, which spouts dry ice if you try to open it." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 4 Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on May 07, 2013
"By the end I was filled with a pressing sense of pointlessness; not just of this restaurant, but of the whole of experimental cuisine. It's a slightly ridiculous use of human energy, justified by the magic it creates; unmiraculous, it's simply absurd." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 3
AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on April 14, 2013
"It was lovely to have lunch with my too-clever-by-half daughter, but particularly disappointing that it was with this strained and lustreless food." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 5 Marina O'Loughlin Guardian
Reviewed on April 13, 2013
"...as a punter, you're only ever going to get a diluted version of the real thing. Me, I'd rather spend the money on a flight to San Sebastian." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 5 Matthew Norman Telegraph
Reviewed by April 01, 2013
"Things can only get better, so D:Ream promised us, and here, according to a friend who knows his food and has visited since, they already have." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 4.5 Tracey Macleod Independent
Reviewed on March 30, 2013
"We expected to be introduced to a new culinary language, but something has clearly got lost in translation. We came away from the Halkin feeling we'd eaten anonymous, expensive food in an anonymous, expensive hotel – surely not the outcome that either party in this collaboration intended." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 4 Joe Warwick Metro
Reviewed on March 21, 2013
"This is complicated cooking that needs careful explaining, something the front of house, despite their sweetness, fail to do clearly. Any cleverness is being lost in translation, the food left to fend for itself and, on this evidence, failing to live up to expectations or its hefty price tag." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 10 Eleanor Aldridge View London
Reviewed on March 21, 2013
"Ametsa’s food is creative yet subtle and magical without being gimmicky. Unlike so many new openings, it feels like a labour of love rather than just a calculated business venture." READ REVIEW

 
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Restaurant details

Address: The Halkin, 5-6 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ

Telephone number: 020 7333 1234

Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner

Private Hire available

 

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