|Cèpes at Amber|
We were here for W's birthday. I wasn't sure if 3 weeks in advance was going to be far ahead enough to reach out for a Saturday night, so I panicked about not getting a booking and - full disclosure - I contacted chef Richard for a table.
We all got the 10-course degustation, and the kitchen very kindly sent us a few extras too.
I didn't have a proper camera with me, and the lighting at Amber is, well, atmospheric, so my phone photos are frankly awful, and I basically gave up on photographing all the courses.
The opening pic of cèpes with Jerusalem artichokes and hazelnut is probably one of my favourite dishes - I think I've had a a few times in the past couple years. It's rich and nutty yet light texturally, and the portion size is basically two tablespoons - but it's all you need.
|Parsnip with black truffle|
|Hokkaido sea urchin|
With wine, I feel like we had a bad stroke of luck that night. Service was impeccable, but my insistence on lower-priced Burgundies (yeah, I know, one should never choose lower-priced Burgundies) was my undoing. The first bottle was the last of the restaurant's stock and was corked, and the replacement bottle, Dupont-Tisserandot Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2008 from turned out to have a way earthier, smokier nose than I bargained for. Having said that, no-one else at our table seemed to have a problem with it, so maybe it was just me.
Nonetheless it was another awesome night. My wallet will need time to recover, but it was money well spent.
7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
15 Queen's Road Central
tel: +852 2132 0066
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily