“Impressive, creative cuisine with global influences.” - AA Inspector
LONDON W1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS
Our Inspector's view
Discretely hidden away on Sackville Street, just off Piccadilly, Amethyst is every bit a culinary gem from ex-Xier’s Carlo Scotto. The acclaimed Italian-born chef has worked in renowned kitchens across the globe, as well as in London’s top kitchens, including the likes of Murano with Angela Hartnett and Galvin at La Chapelle. Here, the ground floor is filled by a jaw-dropping communal chef’s table, blended with real amethyst and quartz, its irregular edges allowing all a view over the open kitchen, while downstairs, the low-lit Wine Cellar offers a more conventional experience. The tasting menu combines Scotto’s experience of Nordic and Japanese cuisines with French and Arabic influences and delivers with understated class, its beguiling creativity bound by balance, refinement and high technique, and driven by captivating flavours and presentation. There’s a surprise at every turn; take charcoal-black cod in caramelised miso and naganegi dashi to beef with ras el hanout, sesame-seed-encrusted medjool dates and beetroot ‘ketchup’.
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- Cuisine style: Modern European, Nordic, Japanese
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About the area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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