The Amber (**) at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental is certain to leave an impression on you. The classic interior, the modern glass fiber chandelier, not to mention, the food. Led by Dutch chef Richard Ekkebus, Amber serves French cuisine with hints of Hong Kong and Japan here and there.
We sample the lunch degustation, starting with a teasing selection of amuse bouches and kicking off with the kohlrabi cooked in lime juice and manni olive oil, with uni and caviar. A stunning dish that sets the tone in a light and elegant manner. Building up the menu, we’re served the Hokkaido diver scallop seared with lime caviar and served with a rich and creamy ‘umami’ sabayon that makes you crave for more scoops. The crispy ‘carmargue’ red rice and dried seafood and salicornia cut through the softness and add a bit of a crunch.
One of Amber’s signature dishes is the miyazaki wagyu beef strip loin, barbecued to perfection, with dulse seaweed, red cabbage slaw oxalis, horseradish and a pepper berry emulsion that complements (and elevates) the wagyu beef beautifully.
Ending on a high and nostalgic note – the kacinkoa 85% chocolate ganache with fisherman’s friend dust, peppermint and white chocolate sorbet. No dessert makes a woman happier than the combination of dark chocolate with minty notes. One bite in this dessert sends you back to your first bite of After Eight chocolate – but this was a ligher variant of that, sweeter and fresher due to the white chocolate sorbet. But nonetheless a wild ride!
Find Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental on 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong.