The HUNter 486 at the Arch Hotel gets its name from the dialling code used in Marylebone during the 1950s. The quirky restaurant which has pots and pans dangling from the ceiling is a lovely place to enjoy an after-work drink, a three course meal or a lighter lunch.
Laurence Glayzer is the Head Chef of the restaurant and leads a kitchen of creators behind the à la carte menu which features: crème brulée with bourbon vanilla, Kentish apple & cider risotto, celery, walnuts and blue cheese and Carpaccio of beef, aged parmesan, and Black olive tapenade with a rocket salad. They even have an authentic stone bed oven inside the restaurant (after my own heart) and cook handmade pizzas using a range of fresh and organic produce.
I had the tomato and mozzarella salad (with gluten free bread!), the asparagus risotto and ended the meal with an eton mess. My friend, on the other hand, had the oysters, lamb and a selection of sorbets. The design of the restaurant is very nice; it’s open and airy allowing each of the diners to peek in to the kitchen and see the chefs working hard to create some beautiful dishes.
The restaurant also serves an incredible selection of cocktails with everything from innovative creations to the much-loved classics finding a place on their menu. (Even better, on weekdays, cocktails are 2 for the price of 1 between 6pm and 7pm – perfect!) I didn’t get to take full advantage of the cocktail menu (because I was driving) but my friend did enjoy a pear bellini.
HUNter 486 also benefits from its location – being close to Hyde Park – giving it a wonderful ambience and the chance to mix the stylish settings with its cosmopolitan surroundings.