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A London modern, luxury hotel in the city’s Belgravia district.
An afternoon tea at the Basque restaurant inside the hotel.
Ametsa with Arzak Instruction is a collaboration between Elena and her father Juan Mari Arzak, whose three Michelin-starred restaurant, Arzak in San Sebastian, is one of the best in the world – and on my wish list -.
There are many afternoon tea options in London, but you will never find one with a distinctly Spanish twist, created by a Michelin-starred chef, which will satisfy both a sweet and savoury tooth.
For this afternoon tea the usual British finger sandwiches have been replaced with a choice of Spanish tapas.
- Spider crab tempura
- Iberian pork croquette
- Piquillo peppers and avocado sandwich with garlic aioli. Definitely a tastier version of the traditional afternoon tea sandwich
- Turmeric and paprika test tubes
- Torta de Barros, a Spanish soft cheese, on muesli cracker. Sheep (or goat) cheese made with raw milk, with a particular, intense aroma.
On the sweet side
- Catalan cream with cinnamon
- Chocolate with Churros
- Sweet cabbage juice with melting rock
- Elderflower trifle with cranberry juice and biscotti on top
- Hard Spanish “Turrón”
- Orange French toast with Spinach and passion fruit sauce
To match the tapas we chose 2 green teas, a Hoji Cha (roasted Japanese) and an organic Jade Sword and of course, a glass of Spanish Cava.
A different afternoon tea, I really enjoyed it. I promised to myself to come back soon and have dinner at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction.
Top Treat: for Giuliano the Iberian pork croquette, for me the Catalan cream with cinnamon
Cost: Afternoon tea is £32 and £36 with a glass of Cava or a Sipsmith cocktail.
Address: The Halkin by Como
Halkin Street, London – SW1X 7DJ
The WOW factor: the food styling, not your average afternoon tea.
Disclaimer: we were guests of Como Hotel, but hopefully you’ll trust this post is about an honestly enjoyable afternoon.