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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Earthy, modern Basque cooking in wealthy Belgravia

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

True, the name of the restaurant is not exactly snappy, but the Arzak name carries a lot of weight, with the family restaurant in San Sebastian a global foodie destination for seekers of the molecular fireworks known as 'New Basque cuisine'. Located in the super-cool Halkin, a minimalist mecca with a blue-chip Belgravia address, the dining room looks pristine in brilliant white, beneath a conversation-piece ceiling dangling 7,000 golden glass test tubes filled with spices – more contemporary art installation than ceiling. An à la carte menu supports the tasting menu, while a set lunch option lets budget diners sample the style for a relatively modest outlay; all rely on first-class ingredients, many of which are sourced from these shores. This is a kitchen with focus, creativity, and the confidence to tackle bold ideas, evident from the off in starters such as foie corn cob with cocoa and vinaigrette dressing. Main courses might see the flavour of beef fillet accentuated by green tomato, or venison with longan fruit. To finish, you’ll need a spot of help from staff when choosing between desserts with enigmatic titles such as ‘chocolate with emeralds and strata’ or ‘yellow brick road’; what’s sure is that they all involve clever combinations of finely judged flavours.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 24–26 December, 1 January
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Closed for lunch: Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.30

Chef

  • Chef: Sergio Sanz Blanco, Elena Arzack

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern Basque
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30: 156
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Starter from 18.50
  • Main course from27
  • Tasting menu from95
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 24
  • Off-site parking available: On street (after 6pm)

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 24

Getting here

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Hyde Park Corner
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