Fine dining is a term that is met with awe and wonder, but sometimes, also a hint of exasperation, because for a time, it seemed as though European fine dining was only concerned with maintaining a 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 public’s understanding of modern European cuisine since day one.
Nonetheless, great dining experiences aren’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 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 to echo the harmonious ebb and flow of all these vital parts that make Amber one of Hong Kong’s most revered fine dining destinations. It has earned 2 Michelin stars since the guide debuted in Hong Kong, and is also known as one of the best restaurants in the region and the world, ranking highly on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
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 sustainable 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 for bottled water to be shipped across the globe.
Like the eponymous gemstone, with time, through interactions with the wider ecosystem, Amber becomes more sophisticated and precious.