Thursday, August 23, 2018

Lunch at The Arch London //

Photo: The Arch London
The Arch London is a homely boutique hotel set in the heart of Marble Arch. With its luxurious London-pad feel and its meticulously styled interior design, the Grade II listed Georgian townhouse is an idyllic place to stay and dine. The hotel is tucked away on a quaint residential street in Marylebone, a stone’s throw from Bond Street, Hyde Park and the West End, and spans seven townhouses and two mews homes.

Black and white ‘Alphatecture’ series of prints span the length of the gallery-inspired hall leading towards the Martini Library and parallel to Hunter 486.
Hunter 486

Hunter 486, which was named after the 1950s dialling code for Marylebone, has been designed to carefully reflect contemporary London glamour. The restaurant also features cosy leather booths, blown glass chandeliers and statement artwork, plus an adjoining chic Salon de Champagne bar. The kitchen is also open plan, a design detail I love. It allows guests to watch the skilled chefs at work and become part of the dining experience.

Another inviting feature is the large windows that are adorned with white shutters that look out onto mews properties below. During the day, Hunter 486 is a quiet and relaxing place to dine for lunch. But in the evening, it becomes a place where hotel guests and diners come together to sample Hunter 486's menu and its cocktails.

The bar at Hunter 486                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo: The Arch London
The Arch London's restaurant boasts a ‘Best of British’ menu that incorporates classic British dishes with a twist. It is immediately clear that the best seasonal ingredients have been sourced. The new dishes are complemented by the restaurant’s extensive wine and Champagne list, which has now extended to 27 available by the glass, priced from £6.50.

The bar at Hunter 486                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo: The Arch London
With my friend Rosie in tow, we made an executive decision to share each of our courses in order to sample as much from the menu as possible. If you are a food-lover like myself, finding a friend who doesn't mind sharing half their dish with you will make dining out so much fun.

We made sure to order a variety of dishes from the menu, selecting a meat or fish dish and a vegetarian dish for each course.

Our waiter Giovanni was very friendly and made sure our glasses were always topped up and that our side plates had slices of fresh bread including soda bread, tomato loaf and a soft olive bread. 


The starters we sampled were served quickly and included the Salad of confit Loch Duart salmon, Jersey Royals, gem lettuce, quail eggs with a lemon hollandaise sauce. This dish was light and so colourful on the plate.

We then tried the Pea, broad bean, burrata that was accompanied by baby vegetables and samphire that included a sweet saffron mayonaise. The green peas and broad beans were so refreshing and balanced the creamy burrata perfectly.

Rosie opted for Salad of confit Loch Duart salmon, Jersey Royals, gem lettuce, quail eggs, lemon hollandaise, £10

Pea, broad bean, burrata, baby vegetables, samphire, saffron mayonaise, £9.50

Ricotta and honey stuffed crispy courgette flowers, whipped peas, confit cherry tomatoes, mint (V), £18.50

Lobster, crab and king prawn risotto, creme fraiche, chives, £27

Our meal was excellently paired with a delicate Eleve Marssanne-Viognier, Pays d'Oc, 2015, £30. This white wine worked well with all our courses, complimenting and balancing our palette.

The lobster, crab and king prawn risotto was quickly devoured, a creamy risotto that was served with generous portions of crab and lobster. The ricotta and honey stuffed crispy courgette flowers were unbelievably moreish, we agreed that we could have easily eaten more than two! The whipped peas and confit cherry tomatoes added depth of flavour and also looked so pretty on the plate. The flavours of the ricotta and the crispy courgette flowers worked so well together and were made tastier by the truffle fries we ordered as a side accompaniment.

Sides were a desirable extra. We chose the rich Truffle Fries, £5.50 and colourful chopped salad, £4.50

Chocolate fondant, salted caramel ice cream, £8.50

Dessert is always the exciting point in the meal, when you've been greatly satisfied by the previous two courses, but you still feel like you have a sweet tooth to satisfy. Hunter 486 offer some great dessert choices from a traditional Summer pudding with Cornish clotted cream to Fig mille-feuille with rosemary ice cream. However, myself and Rosie chose the indulgent Chocolate fondant which was warm and rich, along with the cheese plate that had a selection of local British cheeses, oat cakes and a sweet and tangy chutney that was to die for!

British Farmhouse Cheeses, Celery, Apple & Raisin Chutney, Oat Cakes, £9.50
Despite being incredibly full from all our courses, plus the generous servings of bread, myself and Rosie managed to clear every plate. Lunch at The Arch London was a success!

The Arch London,
50 Great Cumberland Place,
Marble Arch,

For reservations, please call: 020 7724 4700
or visit www.thearchlondon.com

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