Fine dining is a term that is met with awe andAi??wonder, but sometimes, also a hint of exasperation, becauseAi??for a time, it seemed as though European fine dining was only concerned with maintaining aAi??tradition of butter-heavy sauces and stiff service. But from the outset, Amber has been different.
A Dutchman who trained in classical French cooking, Ekkebus has worked with such French greats such as Alain Passard, Guy Savoy and Pierre Gagnaire. When Amber opened in 2009, he pioneered the combination of French techniques with the best produce the Asian region has to offer. His seafood-forward cuisine has pushed the envelope on the dining publicai??i??s understanding of ai???modern European cuisineai??? since day one.
Nonetheless, great dining experiences arenai??i??t only produced by what’s on the plate. When it comes to fine wines, the cellar houses an enviable collection of highly sought-after and diligently curated bottles, meticulously maintained by award-winning sommelier John Chan.
The dining room itself is a sight to behold ai??i?? with its undulating curves and towering vases, and one feels transported to a place that is as visually arresting as it is elegant. It’s the brainchild of Adam Tihany, who have rise to the term “restaurant designer” itself.
The fluid lines of the design seem toAi??echo the harmoniousAi??ebb and flow of all these vital parts that make Amber one of Hong Kongai??i??s most revered fine dining destinations. It hasAi??earned 2 Michelin stars since the guide debuted in Hong Kong, andAi??is also known as one of the best restaurants in the region and the world, ranking highly on Asiaai??i??s 50 Best Restaurants and Worldai??i??s 50 Best Restaurants lists.
These successes are testament not only to Amber’s consistency and quality, but also an incessant desire to looking into the future. The restaurant may be about the finer things in life, but at Amber, luxury is not about excess, but the sustainableAi??pursuit of quality. Amber leads the way in sustainable initiatives, from the responsible sourcing of food, to installing a state-of-the-art filtration system to eliminate the need forAi??bottled water to be shippedAi??across the globe.
Like the eponymousAi??gemstone, with time, through interactions with the wider ecosystem, Amber becomes more sophisticated and precious.