Nestled within the glamorous Arch hotel in central London, guests can be found slowly sipping martinis or catching up over a classic meal in a beautiful, relaxed dining area.
Hunter 486 is a bar and restaurant that takes its name from the dialing code for Marylebone from the 1950’s, and the classically glamorous influence doesn’t stop there.
Cushioned chairs and dark wood tables are complimented by modern mood lighting and the glow of a fire from the stone bedded oven in the background.
The elegance of the decor is carried through to Hunter 486’s expansive menu. Inspired by the “Best of British,” head chef Gary Durrant developed the menu with award winning food writer Henrietta Green. Their expertise and attention to detail is evident in the dishes they’ve masterfully created for Hunter 486.
The meal began with the chef’s homemade crisps, which included a hint of lemon and sage to give them an interesting twist. They were accompanied with the recommended martini “Indian Clouds,” which included jasmine tea infused with Bombay Sapphire, butterscotch schnapps, pink grapefruit juice and lime. The sweetness and the citrus were perfectly balanced, and served as a great introduction to the flavors still to come.
Pan fried scallops with chili jam and mango salsa proved to be an excellent starter. They came in perfect portions for an appetiser, and the sweetness of the mango mixed with the spice of the chilli jam was a phenomenal combination like nothing I’d ever tasted.
The entrees lived up to the expectations set by the previous dishes. The peppered loin venison was served with beetroot puree and a turnip & potato gratin on the side. Perfectly cooked, flavored to perfection and beautifully paired with a red wine made it everything we imagined it would be.
We managed to save some room for their fabulous dessert and dessert wine, in addition to homemade dark chocolates straight from the chef that were to die for.
From start and finish, Hunter 486 and The Arch London did nothing but impress. The service was pleasant and personal, the food was phenomenal, and the atmosphere was just the right amount of upscale and comfortable.
WeÂ very highlyÂ recommend Hunter 486 for those looking for a relaxed evening amongst some of the finest cuisine, atmosphere and people London has to offer.