Amber

Contemporary French elegance in Hong Kong
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Located inside the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, Amber offers an elegant dining experience. The space boasts soothing natural hues and a striking bronze chandelier, but the food really steals the show. Choose from various menus — including five- and eight-course dinners — that showcase contemporary French fare from chef Richard Ekkebus. Dishes at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant are creative and revolve around seasonality to keep things fresh, and Ekkebus’ penchant for seafood means daily shipments from Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji market.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• Save room for amuse-bouches. You’ll want to come to Amber with an empty stomach because the restaurant’s famous amuse-bouches (plus canapés, plus mignardises) will add several courses to your meal, even if you order a la carte.

• For dinner, you have four menus to choose from: the five-course Landmark Menu, which focuses on seasonality; the eight-course degustation menu, which focuses on the chef’s overall specialties; the a la carte menu; and, the vegetarian a la carte menu. The items on the two tasting menus are meant to be shared by the whole table.

• You can eat in-season. Even on the a la carte menu, there are daily specials showcasing chef Richard Ekkebus’ creative takes on seasonal ingredients.

• A meal at Amber is a full and exciting culinary experience. The presentation is special, the ingredients are fresh and unique, and, above all else, the end results are very, very good.
Things to Know
• If you wait till the very last minute, you may have a hard time getting a reservation at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant, particularly on weekends. In addition, you may have to reconfirm your reservation (via email) more than once, so keep an eye out for emails from the restaurant.

• The best view in Amber is of the restaurant’s massive chandelier, which is sculpted of 4,320 long bronze rods and is suspended from the ceiling. Though the sculpture obviously is secured in place, it gives off the illusion that the bronze rods could fall at any time, which adds a bit of drama to the dining room décor, setting the stage for thrilling dishes such as the Hokkaido sea urchin or Iberian pork cheeks, chins, and “all other delicacies above the shoulders,” as the menu puts it.

• If you can take your eyes off the art dangled overhead, look out the window of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant for a view of Hong Kong’s Central business district, an urban jungle that’s always a sight to behold.
The Food
• The fantastic mix of textures and flavors makes the langoustine a sweet and savory pleasure to eat. The lobster meat is succulent, the thinly sliced watermelon is crisp and fresh, and the slightly gelatinous sauce is a refreshing creation.

• Hokkaido sea urchin. The presentation alone is reason enough to try this dish, served in a hard sea urchin shell, over a crystal glass filled with ice, and topped with caviar and gold leaves.

• The William pear, made with dried fruits poached with citrus, saffron, and honey, and served with pistachio biscuits, Greek yogurt and orange blossom sorbet, is a light, fresh, nuanced and incredibly delicious dish to close out your meal.

• If you don’t feel like dropping nearly $200 on the Wagyu beef at the Five-Star restaurant, opt instead for the meat-focused Iberian pork, a wonderfully rich selection of cheek, chin, and other less common cuts of pig, served with a black truffle coulis, salt roasted celeriac and pink lady apples. It’s a really tasty treat.

•  The special of the day typically incorporates the most seasonal ingredients the chef can find. If it’s winter, for instance, that means black winter truffles or white alba truffles — seasonal delicacies fit for a king.
The Look
• Designer Adam Tihany contrasts this modern starkness with swaths of deep Australian walnut wood, which adds warmth and character to the chic dining room.

• Try to get a banquette table by the window at Amber, where the seating is very comfortable, with elegant and cozy backrest pillows that put function over form. Enjoy views of the Central business district of Hong Kong’s urban jungle before having a look at the four dinner menus.

• Complete with a wine cellar stocked with fantastic Old World wines, the intimate wine room at the Five-Star restaurant seats up to 18 people. For a smaller group, the leather clad doors can be closed to create a more intimate space for eight or 12 people.
Getting There
15 Queen's Road Central, The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong
TEL852-2132-0066
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