If you are comfortable enough to visit Hong Kong in these perilous times, I suggest a visit to Amber, inside the Landmark Oriental Hotel, in the Central District of the city. Amber has been around for ten years, and was a stalwart of fine dining, serving up contemporary French cuisine, interpreted by Chef Richard Ekkebus. It was famous for its bold, rich and haute cuisine. Recently the restaurant closed and underwent a massive redo, in terms of its decor as well as its menu. Now the food continues to impress and surprise with a progressive menu, but with a minimization of sugar, salt, gluten and protein. The food was visually stunning, served with passion, love, artistry, and attention to detail. A two-star Michelin and Top 50 Asian Restaurants, this is one establishment that I agree with the ratings.
The decor has been reimagined by New York designer Adam Tihany, designed in muted neutral tones. A breathtaking bronze chandelier is the centerpiece of the restaurant. It is an understated elegance that showcases the award winning cuisine. I also appreciated the dishware and decorative silverware. Amber was truly one of the world’s most anticipated openings this year.
Chef Ekkebus had a new vision of making food lighter, and he incorporates more herbs, and vegetables into his food. He is veering away from French cooking and turning to a more Japanese approach. This is truly appreciated, especially when indulging in a multi-course tasting menu. The food is definitely gastronomic but not gimmicky. There is a modern approach to the cuisine, it displays a multitude of refined and meticulous and indulgent details, while also being easier on the waistline. You are served top-notch, exquisite ingredients from around the world dependent on the season.
One course is served standing in the state of the art kitchen. Here you can see the 30 or so chefs at work, serving a restaurant of 70 guests. Using computer technology that records every guests choices, and for instance, when they have a bathroom break, notifying the kitchen to hold off on the food and so on. This helps with the seamless service of the highest order, anticipating your every move, desire and expectation.
There is a prestigious wine list for all budgets by head sommelier John Chen, as well as an intriguing selection by the glass.
Amber is a true oasis from a hectic, excessive city. Here you can experience a few romantic and aesthetically pleasant hours, away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. The experience is magical, the food is artfully plated and luscious, the wines are impressive, the service is highly attentive us, Amber creates the ultimate stage to showcase chef Richard Ekkebus and his supreme talent.