Amber – The Best Restaurant in Hong Kong, Number 44 in the World
[Hong Kong] Two-star Michelin restaurant Amber is ranked Number 44 restaurant in the world, alongside with other Hong Kong entries Bo Innovation (52), Caprice (54), Lung King Heen (93). This makes Amber the top ranking restaurant in Hong Kong, and the best.
This being my first try at a San Pellegrino World’s Top 100 restaurant, everything from the reservation to the good-bye was top-notch.
I tried to reserve via email on a Sunday night, and was surprised to get a reply (and non-automated) within 30 minutes. Special requests were also made promptly, and if there was a smile in the email, I could feel it.
Located at Landmark Mandarin Oriental near Central, Amber is at the perfect blend of the produces from East and cooking techniques from the West. Chef Richard Ekkebus, Dutch-born and French-trained, loves a light touch to his cooking, with great emphasis placed on creative beautiful presentations.
I was already deeply impressed at the starter. The white asparagus veloute was unbelievably startling delicious. Egg foam, nutmeg Serrano ham and parsley blanketed the top layer, and upon sipping further, the soup beneath turned into an explosion of tastes with smooth texture.
Without trying to exaggerate too much, I am starting to suspect that even ‘delicious’ is not enough to describe the sensational taste. The main course – a wagyu beef tongue & cheek, with gratinated macaroni with beaufort silver beet, button mushroom and red wine reduction, was a melt-in-your-mouth meat while you can still savour the classic taste of the beef.
Fish is delivered fresh everyday straight from the famed Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo to Hong Kong’s Amber, mainly prepared in a light and traditional French flavour. The seared line caught John Dory with Dungeness crab risotto as a base, while not as extraordinary, is elegantly simple.
As if I am not impressed enough, the dessert which is Williams Pear and rum soaked raisin, baked as a crumfoutis (a French buttered dessert) served with cinnamon ice-cream is an aesthetic spectacle with subtlety sweet taste. If there is an award for best dessert I had this year, this would be it.
Amber is truly in a different league of restaurants, and provides a superb dining experience. The set lunch menu I had, with 3 courses and illy coffee or jing tea at HK$518+ (SGD$86 / USD$67) makes it one of the most affordable choices in the Top 50 list. They even provided a complimentary Petit Four, all with smiles and indepth introduction. Thank you to the entire team at Amber for making this meal such a wonderfully memorable experience.
15 Queen’s Road, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, Central, Hong Kong, Tel: +852 2132 0066
Opening Hours: 7:00 am – 10:30 am, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm Daily
March 22, 2017