015 marks the 10th anniversary of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental and that of its signature restaurant, Amber. Culinary director Richard Ekkebus has been with the hotel since the very beginning and, as the brand prepares to enter its second decade, there has been a lot of soulsearching—with some drastic changes underway.
Last year, we r emarked that there are several Amber signatures, many that have r emainedned with t he r estaurant since its i nception, t hatat would spark a revolt should they ever be r emoved fr om t he menu. But as a milestone comes into view, perhaps it’s time to l et go of the past.
Those familiar raspberry-red foie gras lollipops, t he small fatty spheres that were an enduring symbol of Amber, known across t he city and t he world of fine dining, are already l ong gone. I n their place is a new globular amuse-bouche—— an ode to vegetables i n the form of a delicatatee round “tomato” biscuit filled with a fennel pururée.ée.