May 11, 2018
For sophistication and class, few places in Hong Kong can match up to Amber. The Landmark Mandarin stalwart has been providing standout, Michelin-starred fare for years now, and with longtime Dutch chef Richard Ekkebus, has lived up to its lofty reputation for some years and has held its two stars ever since the Michelin bandwagon rolled into town. Its sense of self is reflected in its location – away from the more traditional Mandarin Oriental, the Landmark iteration prides itself on its uniqueness and sense of individuality. A regular on world’s-best-restaurants lists, Amber cuisine is naturally second to none and the Adam Tihany-designed surroundings as tasteful as you’d expect. A small bar area near the entrance serves as a very pleasant holding pen while tables are being prepared and the drinks list is as sophisticated as the restaurant itself. The wine list, prepared by sommelier John Chan, one of Hong Kong’s finest is superlative, and features left-field selections from boutique producers in France, Chile and Portugal. The cocktail list a pleasing blend of classics and more adventurous choices. Signature cocktails include the ‘Intro to Aperol,’ using the titular aperitif with gin, angostoura bitters and lemon juice, and the ‘Little Italy,’ which mixes Buffalo Trace bourbon with Dolin rosso and cynar, garnished with cured cherries.