Amber restaurant is touted for its creative cuisine prepared by a Dutch master, Chef Richard Ekkebus. Bold but light, fantastically plated, the dishes served here are truly on the cutting edge of the culinary arts. Chef Ekkebus goes to great lengths to create dishes that surprise, using clever preparation, plating, unusual ingredients and, indeed, some molecular tricks no doubt picked up on his career in the kitchens of Pierre Gagnire and Alain Passard (to name but two).
Located on the seventh floor of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong you couldn’t really get more downtown. The glass and steel facades of banking institutions such as Standard Chartered and HSBC surround the hotel, which offers a pleasant respite from the rather hectic lifestyle of Hong Kong.
Amber is a very romantic restaurant, if not a little highly strung, and the dining room itself is stunning. There are several centrepiece furnishings and fresh flower arrangements, but everyone’s eyes are drawn to the huge bronze chandelier art piece hanging from the ceiling.
One feature of the cuisine at Amber is the lightness and freshness of the food. Standout dishes at Amber on our last visit included scallop ceviche with avocado cream, plated in the style of a dainty garden instead of a bowl and the Miyazaki wagyu beef (the finest breed of Kobe beef) served with seaweed, caramelised garlic and a fruit medley.
Choose a la carte if you are veteran of Chef Ekkebus' cuisine, although we definitely recommend placing your palate in the capable hands of the kitchen team and sample the nine course degustation menu. At a cost of HK$ 1,998 (not including tax or service) with an optional wine pairing for an additional HK$ 1,458, be under no illusions that this is a very expensive restaurant, but that is the price you pay for this level of cuisine. The four-course lunch set is priced HK$ 800, although there are additions for delicacies such as Hokkaido sea urchin.
Amber has a long list of awards to boast of including a top 10 rated restaurant in the Annual 50 Best Restaurants in Asia, not forgetting its two-Michelin stars which it has retained consecutively since 2009. For sumptuous Western cuisine that is a joy to behold as well as taste Amber Hong Kong takes some beating.
Amber Hong Kong
- Opening Hours: Breakfast: 07:00 – 10:30, Lunch: 12:00 – 14:30 and Dinner 18:30 – 22:30 (daily)
- MRT: Central
- Address: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central
- Tel: +852 2132 0188