Tucked round the corner from Marble Arch, The Arch Hotel offers a modern take on Afternoon Tea, Street Food inspired in their Hunter 486 restaurant. Inspired by the International Street Food Scene, classics like scones and sandwiches are given a little upgrade.
A combination of two of my favourite things, I'd like to be able to say that I had the dedication to polish the lot off myself, as this photo suggests. Of course, I was more than dedicated in eating as much as possible, with the help of Boy who had booked this treat as a Birthday present to me (Boyfriends take note, if you're looking for something a little less girlie that you'll both enjoy, then this is your place!)
Stowed away in a little booth, Tattinger poured and camera out.
We started with a selection of their savouries all beautifully presented and steaming hot.
Mini cheeseburgers with onion marmalade in brioche buns
Smoken chicken, chilli, avocado and mango tortillas
Homemade scotch quail eggs
Chicken satay with dipping sauce
Mini fish and chips with tartare sauce
The cheese burgers were perfectly cooked with a tangy marmalade, so good I would have managed a full-sized one in addition to everything else. The mini fish fingers were packed with steaming, fresh and flaky fish encased with crispy batter. One of Boy's favourites, the satay chicken was generously sprinkled in sesame and a nice chilli kick.
Next up, a board of miniature sweet treats.
apple and cinnamon doughnuts
chocolate and pistachio macarons
lemongrass, mango and coconut rice pudding
strawberry and pistachio tart
raspberry and victoria sponge
As much as I love scones, cinnamon doughnuts are pretty good contenders for a replacement. The Victoria sponge was gloriously light and fluffy. And my favourite, the coffee eclair. I was so glad to see these was much larger than everything else!
It was great to see a modern update on the traditional sandwiches of Afternoon Tea, not usually my favourite part. Both Boy and I loved it and would definitely love to go back again to have everything again in both miniature and full sized versions.
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We dined at Hunter 486 of our own accord, and therefore all views expressed are my own.