Amber Restaurant Hong Kong
Everyone has a story or two about something stupid they did when they were young. In my case, I’ve got a whole compendium of “Shen’s idiocy and the acts that followed”. That’s Volume I, btw. Once, I saw a brown liquid that was moving down a tree branch at a glacial pace, and thought it was…honey.
Oh boy, you’d think that would put me off a restaurant called Amber, wouldn’t you?
Good thing I don’t get traumatised very easily. By the way, did you know that tree sap actually doesn’t taste all that bad? *ahem* Ok, now onto actual French food.
Address: The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Recommended Dish(es): fukuoka hobo fish, Hokkaido sea urchin, Bahibe milk chocolate cylinder
In Dec-2014 to January-2015, I embarked on a two-and-a-half week holiday with The Lady to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Unlike my 2013-2014 Europe trip, I’ll actually attempt to blog my food adventures in these glorious foodie destinations. It only serves to do you dear readers right!
So why a French fine dining restaurant in The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong? Honestly, I have no idea. Perhaps because it’s a, the and . Perhaps it was to see just how good French cooking fares in a dramatically Easten cultural demographic. Perhaps I just wanted to see if Amber tasted like tree sap. Chef de cuisine could probably figure out how to make it work.
While you can go degustation, we actually went a la carte this time, as we didn’t want to stuff ourselves here. Trust me, when you’re in Hong Kong, your stomach budget had better be very carefully allocated. There can be no room for regret.
A 3-course a la carte meal will set you back 548HKD (~$92AUD at time of writing), while a 4-course option will take 748HKD ($126AUD) from your wallet. These prices are reasonable if in Australia, though for the average Hong Konger, maybe less so. Then again, if you’re eating at places such as Amber, you probably have the capacity to pay. With that out of the way, let’s eat some butter!
I wasn’t exactly kidding about that. Apparently, if you score butter, it’s easier to spread on bread. I can’t say it’s any easier, but it certain’t isn’t any more difficult. Plus, it’s a looker!
Somehow, in my haste (or perhaps due to tree sap poisoning), I forgot to take photos of the bread itself. Sorry! Amber offered several types on our visit – mini baguettes, super thin crispy rye pieces, and a more classic olive bread rolls. The rye was our favourite, due to the crunchy texture.