It’s time for another round of Hong Kong Hustle (of food, that is), and this time, it’s at Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental! 😀
The last time we went to Hong Kong, my mom and I had a very delightful lunch at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, which is located at The Landmark in Central. Mott 32, my previous post, was also located in Central, and as what you may have guessed by now, Amber is also in Central. Pretty neat aye?~
It’s like Central’s THE place to go for dining enthusiasts like me!
Prior to my trip, I’ve read that Amber has been awarded 2 Michelin stars, is ranked as #6 among the Top 50 Best Restaurants in Asia ,#38 in World’s Best Restaurants, and is currently the holder of the highest rank in Hong Kong. I mean, WOW. Those are pretty big titles! I JUST HAD TO GO.
Amber offers a set lunch called Weekend Wine Lunch and since we’re planning to go there on a Sunday so it’s chill lang, we decided to book a reservation for it. What’s exciting about this is that it has a wine pairing (which can be replaced with a mocktail pairing) that consists of boutique and vintage wines that are usually not available in Hong Kong. It’s priced at $HK 888 + 10% service charge and is composed of 6 courses: a wine pairing, 3 appetizers, 3 middle courses and 3 main courses to choose from; followed by a cheese platter, and two desserts served one after the other.
It took a while to find Amber because, well, Joël Robuchon had its own escalator solely for its use, as well as other restos, and the elevators were non-responsive at that time, which was weird. Turns out, there was a special elevator right next to Stella McCartney of The Landmark, that leads to the 7th floor of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. BUT, OF COURSE.
Walking in, it felt like going to a hotel buffet restaurant. The interiors are similar to those of Circles in Makati Shangri-la, and I love the hanging bronze rods!
Mom chose the wine pairing while I had the mocktail pairing. I know I just turned eighteen, but I don’t drink eh, good girl kasi. Just kidding! 😉
The first wine that was brought to our table to freshen our palates was an Olivier champagne from France. As for the mocktail, Rosé was served.
It’s very sweet and you can really taste the rose flavor. I absolutely loved this one! Will definitely buy myself a bottle of this!
They then served us an assortment of warm bread in a bread basket.
Next up was the amuse bouche, and since it was summer, they told us that tomatoes and fennels were in season. Hence, the first part of the amuse bouche was a lovely cup of tomato water and a comical presentation of a tomato-shaped pita bread with fennel puree filling and a seaweed stem.
The soup literally tasted like tomato and water with olive oil and was quite refreshing. The tomato-shaped pita bread was so yummy, especially the fennel filling! It just melts in your mouth! What an excellent start!
Next up in the amuse bouche series was a deep-fried ravioli with basil and fennel puree filling placed on top of a wooden bark and moss carpet.
This amuse bouche series is just so playful! Nakakaaliw!
The series ended with a fennel macaron with tomato puree filling and Bloody Mary tart shaped like a cherry tomato. The tart will burst inside your mouth and the taste is so fresh, plus the parmesan cheese in it complemented the taste really well! The moment you eat the fennel macaron, it will melt in your mouth, and the sensation coupled with the taste of the fennel and tomato puree is pure bliss.
Can I keep them in my pocket?
As our starters, Mom was served Sauvignon Blanc from the San Antonio Valley in Chile, while I was served lime juice mixed with tonic water.
Excited for what’s about to come!
The juice was bitter for my liking so I didn’t really get to finish it.
Mom had the Boops Boops Fish, which was light cured and smoked in watermelon juice with coriander puree. Meanwhile, I had the Piglet – duck foie gras & espelette jell-O, crispy radish, and watermelon. The duck foie gras was good, and as unconventional as the watermelon was, it blended well with it.
Boops Boops Fish
Time for the middle course!
Chardonnay for mom and Mango Pineapple Juice with Agave (a plant from which tequila is made) Syrup for me, but of course it’s completely non-alcoholic, the server assured me lol
Love love the juice, it’s basically like mango juice, which is my fave haha!~
Mom chose the Australian Abalone, which I have no picture of because I got carried away with taking photos of my dish so she started eating it by the time I remembered to take a photo of her dish! 😥 It was served with a black pepper and vinegar seasoned tomato compote along with braised then crisped oxtail and its jus. I had the Purple Artichokes – ‘a la barigoule’ prepared as ‘agnolotti’ with virgin hazelnut oil & parmesan reggiano emulsion. The pasta was very delicious and cheesy inside and the artichokes had a delightful crispy taste.
Ooh la la~ The main course is next!
The final wine pairing was a 2012 Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France. As for my last mocktail pairing, it was a wine country soda version of Pinot Noir. It’s quite sweet and is one of my favorites as well! This bottle is certainly on my things-to-buy list now!
The Line Caught Red Mullet chosen by mom was seared on the skin, served with its pan juices, semolina gnocchi, raw violin zucchini, orange dust & sea urchin rouille. I had the Pyrenees Lamb, which was braised then smoked with lemon thyme, espelette mousseline & grilled charlotte potato with bannou negi. The lamb was really soft and well seasoned!
Ah, but wait there’s still more!
We were served with a cheese platter containing 5 types of French unpasteurized cheese to be eaten with sourdough bread.
Amber was on a streak with its courses until it fell short on the cheese platter. It was quite ordinary in terms of the taste and it did not meet my expectations. I was hoping for a more exquisite selection.
Here comes the dessert! ~
First was the Yellow Peach poached in sake and citrus, with nectarine cream marigold petals, sake-less ice cream and rice crispies. This dessert was definitely not the typical treat. It was aromatic and cleansing, in a way. Even the ice cream tasted like flowers. Quite an interesting concept of making desserts, I must say.
The second part of the dessert duo were Raspberries under a sugary disc, dehydrated and cooked, with lemon verbena ice cream and greek yoghurt served as an ‘Amber version’ of a trifle. I loved munching the disc! It was so sweet, and I do have a liking for anything sweet! The lemon flavor of the ice cream suited the tanginess and the sweetness of the raspberries. I was hoping for some chocolate, since whenever I hear ‘dessert’ I immediately assume there’s chocolate in it. It seemed like fruit desserts are Amber’s forte, and it was a refreshing change.
To cap off our meal, we were served a 3-tier petit fours to go along with some coffee and tea. However, since I don’t drink coffee and tea (“b-but you’re Chinese!” *sigh* I don’t really know the reason either), I requested for some good ol’ hot chocolate, and the server was like ‘sure!‘. Apparently their hot chocolate is from this exotic country whose name I didn’t quite catch (sorry I was full and my mind was hazy from all the eating).
The Hot Chocolate was very delicious, it’s not so sweet, but the chocolate tasted pure! I downed the whole pot in just a few minutes!
So this was where I could find the chocolates I’ve been craving for haha
Hot Chocolate for me~
Since this was a 6-course meal including the wine pairing, I’ll be rating the dining experience as a whole.
I enjoyed the food so much and there was a lot of thought put into every flavor and plating. The servers were very friendly, chatty, and cool with anything! You’ll definitely feel pampered because they cater to your every need. It’s not just the food and exemplary service, but also how each wine/mocktail was carefully selected to suit a certain course. I’d definitely recommend this; it’s not everyday that you see a 5-course meal with a wine pairing, which Amber is known for. That being said, the offer is not bad at all and worth its value!
Twinsies who lunch ❤
Amber’s Weekend Wine Lunch is such a fabulous way of spending the weekend!
7/F, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon-Sun)
For reservations you may contact them through their phone number:+852 2132 0066 or their email: email@example.com. For more information, you may visit their website at amberhongkong.com