Ametsa review

The backstreets of Belgravia are full of secrets. Ametsa at the Halkin, is one of these. Previously Nahm, it’s undergone a culinary change of direction, turning from Oriental to Spanish Basque cooking influenced by the legendary Elena Arzak.

You might imagine that a boutique hotel on Halkin Street might be stuffy or intimidating even, but being part of Como Hotels – whose other London property is The Met on Park Lane, it’s understated cool, underplayed luxury.

Ametsa is at the far end of the hotel foyer, its private room can be accessed either through the main restaurant or through the bar, which can be used to host pre-dinner drinks. An airy modern room, its ceiling is studded with test tubes filled with a myriad of spices creating an orange-hued rainbow effect on the room. Two large windows overlook a beautifully kept private garden, while the diagonally set light floor boards, light grey walls with mirrors one length of the room, give it a modern yet natural feel.  It’s a well thought out, simple room that allows events to make it their own space.

Seating up to 24 or 40 standing, there is no room hire but there is a minimum spend of £3,000 for dinner or £11,000 for exclusive hire of the restaurant and private room. Set menus for groups start at £80 per person, there’s a tasting menu at £105 per person and breakfast and standing tapas menus can also be arranged with Cava and house Sangria a favourite speciality.

The room is already often used for celebrations like birthday dinners and personal occasions, as well as corporate lunches and dinners – there’s a large screen hidden behind a painting for those needing AV mod cons.