From the very beginning (delightful amuse bouche) to the very end (perfect assorted petit fours), the degustation menu at Amber was absolutely perfect. Very few times in my life have I had a meal (especially a meal with numerous courses) where there wasn't a single flaw - dinner at Amber is one of those rare perfect meals that I can count on one hand.
Amber is perfect for special occasions - the service is impeccable, the decor is sophisticated yet understated, and the food is clearly the star of the night.
One of several amuse bouche - candied foie gras lollipops
Hokkaido sea urchin in lobster gelee with cauliflower, caviar and crispy seaweed waffles
Smoked Tasmanian salmon confit with avocado, horseradish and Granny smith apple
Seared Normandy diver scallop with toasted brioche, mousseline kabocha squash and dried basque country sausage
Langoustine and foie gras, steamed with cep ravioli, cep mushroom and dry sherry consomme
Kagoshima wagyu beef - sirloin MS A4 oven roasted with souffle potatoes au jus
Kagoshima wagyu beef - braised short rib with passion fruit-glazed root vegetables
French farmer cheeses
Blood orange segments with preserved orange skin and rosemary prepared with Greek yoghurt as a vacherin 'coque'
Abinao 85% chocolate souffle with brown rum anglaise and cacao sorbet
Assorted petit fours
Food rating: *****
Bang for buck rating: 3.5
Location: 7th floor, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong
Average price of dinner (degustation menu) for two: $500