Seasonal Best of British at Hunter 486, The Arch London
Restaurant Review: Hunter 486, Marble Arch
Style Points: 4/5
Hunter 486 is a British restaurant within the 5 star The Arch London. With its leather booths, blown glass chandeliers and open plan kitchen, the restaurant gives off a stylish yet unpretentious feel which is perfect for a laid back yet classy meal.
What's on the menu?
The menu at Hunter 486 is always changing to reflect availability and season. This means that a visit to Hunter 486 will always be a surprise, keeping the menu fresh and current.
There was a limited number of vegetarian options in the menu so I choose the dishes that were avalible. To start I had the quinoa, grilled vegetables, goats cheese and basil dressing. Whilst I do not normally choose salads in restaurants, I was pleased by the flavours although the grilled vegetables chosen would not have been my first choice.
The size was much bigger than expected and it was a refreshing first course. My companion chose the dressed crab, avocado and pink grapefruit which she equally enjoyed especially liking the novelty of the grapefruit with the dish.
For the main course I tried the globe artichoke, new potatoes, baby leeks, poached egg and hollandaise sauce. This dish truly surprised me. I have previously been unimpressed by artichokes however the way it was used within this chose was imaginative.
When tasting the artichoke I kept having to remind myself that it was not a potato and that I wasn't eating a luxury breakfast rather than dinner! This was also due to its take on eggs florentine which is a favourite of mine so it proved to be an enjoyable dish. My companion opted for the whole sea bass, orange butter, fennel, rocket salad which she found to be well cooked and tasty.
For dessert I chose the chocolate fondant with nut brittle and salted caramel ice cream and my dining companion had a lemon posset. Just like their tempting descriptions both dishes were delicious and left us very satisfied and full.
Could I afford to dine here again?
The prices at Hunter 486 are on the dearer side with starters ranging from £7 to £10 and mains from £16 to £20. Rather than this being an every day restaurant I would say it is more of place you would visit for a treat unless you are prepared to pay more for your meal.
I enjoyed my experience at Hunter 486 as the food was of a high quality and the service was very good.
I would prefer it if they could add a few more options to the menu for vegetarians to create a more rounder menu. As the menu is always changing it might be worth checking the menu beforehand to make sure the option available suits you. Due to the slight lack of vegetarian options I will deduct a half mark however for those who eat meat and fish I would say it is a solid 4.