The Amber restaurant in Hong Kong has been ranked at No. 24 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and is a 2 Michelin Star restaurant under the able guidance of Chef Richard Ekkebus. Located on the seventh floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the Amber comes with an ultra-elegant interior. The Amber was also ranked 4th in the S Pellegrino list of Best Restaurant in Asia. For its delicious food and mouth savoring dishes, Amber has been ranked among many Best Restaurant lists and won many trophies and awards for its fine dining experience.
Chef Richard Ekkebus has been personally trained by the legend Chefs Alain Passard and Guy Savoy, Chef Ekkebus brings with him some innovative and exceptional French dishes using some of the top quality ingredients from both the Southern and Northern hemisphere. Hence the menus are also seasonal and vary every 3 months or so.
Having ordered the 4-course degustation menu, my lunch started with amuse bouche to arouse the taste buds. Then slowly continued with the menu choosing snacks that salt, sweet and bitter. While halfway through my lunch, I can start to feel that most of the ingredients and items are fresh and delicious seafood. I can also see how brilliantly Chef Ekkebus has married the art of French cooking with Asian seafood and provided some innovative and exemplary dishes that made him popular in the culinary scene in Hong Kong. One of the signature dishes of Chef Ekkebus is the utterly delicious sea urchin dish topped with lobster jell-o along with cauliflower puree and caviar served with crunchy seaweed waffles.
Chef Richard Ekkebus
Ekkebus started his culinary career under Chef Hans Snijders and Chef Robert Kranenborg, 2 Michelin-starred chefs, who initially taught him to a great extent about how to cook in Netherlands. During his childhood days, he gives credits to his grandparents who owned a restaurant and taught him how to pick the best apples during Fall and the best berries in the Summer along with lessons on fishing in the seaside in his home in Holland. He also begin to develop an appreciation for the French people on how much they love their land and how they raise and farm their fertile land.
It is this knowledge that still helps in sourcing the best ingredients from some of the finest producers around the globe. He also gives a lot of credit to renowned Chef Alain Passard, who trained him on how to choose ingredients for a definite purpose. And under the guidance of Chef Guy Savoy, Ekkebus developed the knowledge about how to think globally about his cuisines.
Ekkebus won the Golden Chef’s Hat for the “Best Young Chef of the Year” during his stay in the Netherlands. Then he donned the hat of the Executive Chef in the Royal Palm Hotel in Mauritius. Chef Ekkebus is also renowned for cooking some delicious food for several top international celebrities including Michael Jordan, Beyonce, Tiger Woods and Andrew Lloyd Webber. He runs a passionate team of around 52 and under his leadership, the Amber was able to receive 2 Michelin Stars for several consecutive years.
- Michelin Guide Hong Kong - Macau 2018: Two Stars ☆☆
- Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2018: #7
- Michelin Guide Hong Kong - Macau 2017: Two Stars ☆☆
- Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2017: #24
- Michelin Guide Hong Kong - Macau 2016: Two Stars ☆☆
- World's 50 Best Restaurants 2016: #20
- Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2016: #4
- Michelin Guide Hong Kong - Macau 2015: Two Stars ☆☆
- World's 50 Best Restaurants 2015: #38
- Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2015: #6
- Michelin Guide Hong Kong - Macau 2014: Two Stars ☆☆
- World's 50 Best Restaurants 2014: #24
- Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2014: #4
10-course Degustation Menu: HKD 2'698+ and HKD 1'518 for wine pairing 9 glasses.
Dress code: Smart casual. The following attire is not accepted for gentlemen: flip flops, shorts & tank tops. We respectfully request that guests refrain from wearing caps and ski bonnets.