Minimalist table setting at Ametsa with Arzak instruction restaurant

Minimalist table setting at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction restaurant

I had the extremely good fortune to be invited for a 70th Birthday celebration at Ametsa with Arzak Instruction at the Halkin in London in April.

Pop up restaurants from chefs around the world seems to be a big trend at the moment and who was I to decline? So for one evening I totally set aside all dietary preferences or choices and indulged in the full tasting menu. I share these photos in the interest of sharing creative inspiration and the role of fine dinning as theatre:

1. Aperitivos

Ametsa Chorizo con Mango

Ametsa Chorizo con Mango

Ametsa Arroz con 'Arraitxikis'

Ametsa Arroz con ‘Arraitxikis’

Kataifi con Pastel de Cabracho

Kataifi con Pastel de Cabracho

2. Scallops with Betacarotene

Vieira con Betacaroteno

Vieira con Betacaroteno

3. King Prawns with Sweet Corn

Atillo de Langostinos y Maiz Dulce

Atillo de Langostinos y Maiz Dulce

4. From Egg to Chicken

Del Huevo a La Gallina (when it arrived)

Del Huevo a La Gallina (when it arrived)

Del Huevo a La Gallina (with chicken stock poured over)

Del Huevo a La Gallina (with chicken stock poured over)

5. Monkfish with Red Onion

Rape con Cebolla Roja

Rape con Cebolla Roja

6. Pigeon with shot

Pichon con Perdigones

Pichon con Perdigones

7. Ametsa Moonrocks

Ametsa moonrocks setting the mood for the arrival of the dessert courses

Ametsa moonrocks setting the mood for the arrival of the dessert courses

8. Strawberry bubbles

Pompas de Fresa

Pompas de Fresa

Pompas de Fresa bubbling away

Pompas de Fresa bubbling away

9. French Toast with Mango and Coconut

Torrija de Mango y Coco

Torrija de Mango y Coco

10. Ametsa Petit Fours

Petit four with exquisite macaroons

Petit four with exquisite macaroons

This was probably the most expensive meal I have ever eaten and delighted my visual senses as much as my taste and smell. It has inspired me to make sure that as well as being healthy, I want my cooking to look amazing too. The bar has been set high!

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