Hunter 486 offers a five-course dining experience all based on your senses
Though I stumbled on something rather bespoke that really beat the often repetitive drab of your average sit down meal.
Inside a beautiful Georgian townhouse in Marylebone, London, sits the The Arch, a five-star hotel home to the exquisite Hunter 486 Restaurant and Bar.
The luxury setting is offering a five-course dining experience all based on your senses.
Full of colour, flavour and elegance, the amorous adventure was a nice luxury treat away from the usual routine.
The amorous adventure was a nice luxury treat away from the usual routine
My partner and I arrived at the quaint venue, a short walk from London’s busy Oxford Street, and we were ushered to our table in the chic dining room.
With modern jazz playing and silk curtains separating tables, the intimate area had a very relaxed atmosphere.
Sparkling chandeliers catch your eye with tables and booths covering one side of the room, the other side hosting leather furniture and pristine glass cabinets containing upmarket alcohol.
The setting was perfectly romantic.
Hunter 486 sits inside The Arch – a five-star hotel
We were met with a specially-made cocktail named the “Love Potion Number 9”, which was accordingly decorated in colour and flavour for Valentine’s Day.
Dimo, the head bartender, explained his choice was an original twist on classic ideas – something he prides his work on across his menu at the plush venue.
For starters, three options were available pan fried scallops with grilled baby leeks, blood orange butter and toasted hazelnuts; duck and foiegras rillettes with Armagnac jelly, green beans, shallots and Champagne vinaigrette; and caramelised beetroot and goat’s curd terrine.
We tried the scallops and the duck rilettes. Small portions, largely centred around the contrasting sweet and rich flavours that were expertly cooked and presented.
A rhubarb sorbet and Granny Smith apple Granita followed, which really tested the senses. The cold, tangy ice mixed with the expertly-made ice cream sent my tastebuds wild.
Personally, I felt the blend was slightly too sour for my liking. It certainly cleared my palate though.
The intimate area had a very relaxed atmosphere
The choice of mains included poached fillet of halibut with herb gnocchi, slow roast tomatoes and oyster fritter with oyster and cucumber broth; Grilled Dedham Vale beef fillet with ratatouille, pesto-glazed Portobello mushroom, and balsamic reduction; and Artichoke and asparagus tart with poached burford brown egg and truffle hollandaise.
The beef was exquisite, particularly the flavour of the meat combined with the pesto-glazed mushroom.
A short note about the staff, who were brilliant in allowing us enough time between courses, while remaining alert to cater for any of our needs.
To finish off the romantic evening, there was a a choice of a Pineapple ravioli with passion fruit jelly and lime sorbet; Dark chocolate soufflé with salted caramel ice cream and hot chocolate sauce; or Rose petal and buttermilk pannacotta with almond shortbread.
My fiancee being a “chocoholic” chose the soufflé and instantly I was demoted to the second love in her life. It felt that way anyway.
This 5-course dining experience is priced at £75 per person
I had the pannacotta, which turned up pink-coloured – a first for me. However, it was enjoyable and there was a such an attention to detail on their small edible flowers to make the dessert fit the occasion.
A choice of coffee at the end and affectionate petit fours topped off the meal and a wonderful night all round.
Priced at £75 per person, this 5-course dining experience is available from 6pm on Saturday 10, Wednesday 14, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February 2018.
It includes a cocktail, 5-course meal with coffee and Petit fours and affectionate finishing touches.
For an extra special night, wind down for the evening in the comfort of one of The Arch London’s rooms or suites from £433.