A recent addition to Mayfair’s elegant fine dining scene, Amethyst creates a new experience for diners with a focus on its unique and carefully curated tasting menus. Located on 6 Sackville Street, this innovative restaurant has been making waves in the culinary world. The talent behind the kitchen is none other than chef Carlo Scotto, who has cultivated a reputation over time as one of London’s most imaginative chefs.
Having honed his skills in the art through cooking next to his grandmother from a young age, the talented young Scotto entered his first professional kitchen at the tender age of 13 as a chef apprentice at the award winning restaurant Don Salvatore.
Since those formative years, he has graced some of the world’s most renowned kitchens including those of Gordon Ramsay Holdings, Angela Hartnett at Murano and Galvin at La Chapelle. Now, chef Scotto brings his talent and journey of experiences to a new culinary destination at Amethyst, aptly named after his birth-stone.
Upon entering the restaurant, the space consists of two-floors and is dominated by a large zig-zag shaped table that is intersected by a large and stunning slab of amethyst quartz, bringing the stone’s energy as a focal point for the experience. This bespoke seating allows for 21 guests with an almost communal dining experience, yet the clever zig-zag layout allows for a feeling of privacy. For those seeking a more intimate experience, there is also a lower ground floor offering select private tables as well as a wine cellar featuring a treasure trove of rare and vintage wines.
The unique layout serves as the perfect canvas for chef Scotto to take his diners on his culinary journey through a set of seasonal tasting menus. The Autumn seasonal menu brings a shift to warmer and earthier flavours. Chef Scotto expresses his inimitable culinary style by pulling inspiration from the simplicity of Nordic and Japanese cuisine alongside French and Arabic influences.
From creations ranging from the ‘Celeriac leaf with gochujang, ssamjang and chestnuts’ and ‘French toast with vacche rosse cheese sauce and winter truffle’ to vegetarian options that include ‘Mahlab bread with kabocha, pickled walnuts and smoked fig leaf oil’ and ‘Eryngii gyoza with myoga and black silver tree lichen tea’, the carefully crafted menu promises an enchanting multi-sensory experience. As a sweet finale, diners can enjoy a small shot of pear, liquorice, rum and maple syrup and ultimately the dessert offers a masterpiece with fig poached in port with white chocolate and salted caramel ice cream.
Their twelve-course tasting menu is offered at £150, while there is also a six-course tasting menu served from Tuesdays to Thursdays offered at £90. For the more discerning diner, there is also an exclusive thirteen-course tasting experience where chef Scotto creates a bespoke menu using the finest produce including Japanese A5 Kobe Beef Wagyu and Royal Beluski Exmoor caviar. This menu is offered at £250. Classic wine pairings are offered at £155 and prestige wine pairings are £320. The chef’s table can be booked for up to 25 guests, and the wine cellar can be booked for up to 16 sitting guests or standing parties of 30.
Opened in May of this year to critical acclaim, Amethyst promises to delight and transport diners through a refined and carefully considered gastronomic experience.
For further information, visit amethystdining.com