No.3

Amber

Hong Kong, China

On the pass:

Culinary Director Richard Ekkebus (pictured) with Chef de Cuisine Florent Courriol

Pastry chef:

Michael Pretet

Style of food:

Classic French with subtle Hong Kong influences

Standout dish:

Miyazaki wagyu beef strip loin

Contact:

7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong

+852 2132 0066
http://www.amberhongkong.com/

Classical French elegance with a Hong Kong edge

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: Dishes include Jerome Galis green asparagus with raw and marinated kibinago or Korean abalone with black pepper and vinegar-seasoned tomato compote, braised then crisped oxtail and its jus. In 2016, Amber retired its signature dish of sea urchin from Hokkaido set in lobster gelée with caviar and cauliflower, which was probably 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

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