Culinary Director Richard Ekkebus (pictured) with Chef de Cuisine Maxime Gilbert
Classic French with subtle Hong Kong influences
Pineapple tomato, cherries, fresh almonds, nicoise olive salad, clear gazpacho, stragiatella di buffalo & bellota baguette souffle
7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
+852 2132 0066
Why visit? Though Dutch-born chef-director Richard Ekkebus sets the culinary dial firmly to Western, he capitalises on his location in one of the world’s great ports to access fine ingredients from all over Asia as well as Europe and Australia, creating a unique cuisine framed by courtly Eastern service.
The wine list: Hong Kong is by some measures now the wine-trading centre of the world, and Amber is well-placed to make the most of it. John Chan, one of the most respected sommeliers in Asia, oversees a list of 1,100 labels.
On the menu: Amber’s signature dish is sea urchin from Hokkaido set in lobster gelée (chef Ekkebus likes to call it lobster jell-o), with caviar and cauliflower – possibly the most Instagrammed dish in Hong Kong.
What’s the ceiling all about? No fewer than 4,320 bronze rods suspended from the ceiling make for a rather dramatic “chandelier”.
Drinks-only option: For those saving the full dining experience for another time, the small holding bar by the restaurant’s entrance is a popular rendezvous for savvy wine lovers.
In the neighbourhood: Amber isn’t short on impressive neighbours. The Landmark building is also home to Joël Robuchon, Zuma, Ladurée and China Tang.
Images: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong