Hunter 486 is the in-house restaurant at five-star boutique hotel The Arch.
Opened in 2010, The Arch is set within a row of Georgian grade II-listed townhouses in the heart of Marylebone. Its immaculately stylish interior and upmarket central London setting, just a short walk from Marble Arch, explains its popularity with the fashion industry.
The restaurant itself, named after Marylebone’s dialling code in the 1950s, is a similarly smart affair. Intended to capture ‘an air of nostalgic London glamour’, the restaurant’s design succeeds in this venture with its leather booths and brown glass chandeliers.
There are more modern touches with a variety of contemporary artworks adorning the walls.
We visited to sample Hunter 486’s new winter menu from head chef Gary Durrant, formerly of the now-deceased Brompton Bar and Grill at The Savoy.
To kick things off, we tucked into a couple of smaller dishes from the starters section.
We began with the Dressed Dorset Crab with Apple and Fennel and Curry Mayonnaise, a very light dish given some much-needed tang by the excellent curry-infused mayo.
As a slightly heavier option, we also ordered in the Salt Beef Croquettes with Horseradish Mayonnaise, a sumptuous treat bursting with warm flavour.
The restaurant’s winter mains list is divided between a general selection and a list of options from the kitchen’s stone oven, which is reputed to produce mouthwateringly succulent meats.
On this occasion, we were drawn to a couple of meat options cooked outside the stone oven.
Between us, we feasted on the Rose County 28-day Aged Rib Eye with French Fries and Grilled Mushroom and the Hunter Burger in a Brioche Bun with Onion Marmalade and French Fries.
In both cases, the meat was cooked to perfection, full of juicy goodness, and washed down with some glasses of one of the restaurant’s Malbecs.
From the desserts list, we indulged in the Chocolate Fondant served with Salted Ice Cream and Peanut Brittle, a heavenly mix of molten chocolate and cold cream.
As winter bites, an evening at Hunter 486 is a warming antidote to those mid-week blues.