I was geared to jump to the list of 2 Michelin stars in 2011, but Mr. Diplomat had another plan. He took the lady in me to a mid-December dinner date to another French restaurant, the swank 2-Michelin-starred Amber.
Location Get to The Landmark from Central Station Exit G. Then, take the lift to the 7th floor of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, where you will be greeted by a receptionist.
Queue It is almost impossible to dine here without reservations as the restaurant will only accommodate one seating per table for dinners and hence is more often than not fully booked. We went there knowing that we were on the waiting list, no. 2 on the list to be exact. But Mr. Diplomat handed his name card, and the receptionist said somebody suddenly cancelled! And just like that, we were in ssshhh.
Food We had their eight-course degustation menu, which took us three and a half hours to finish. Hokkaido sea urchin, Tasmanian salmon, Normandy diver scallop, langoustine and Kagoshima Wagyu beef were served one at a time, finished off with French farmer cheeses, blood orange and Abinao 85% chocolate.
Each dish was intricately executed by the culinary team of Chef Richard Ekkebus. Everything that came out is an art. They were generous with the foie gras, which I sinfully enjoyed. The smoothness of the recommended chardonnay also captured our senses, and we had to note down what it was for future reference, a 2007 Patrick Javilliers Les Tillets. We had a very expensive mistake though of having too much water to drink as they only serve bottled Evian.
Price My mother reads me once in a while, so I’d rather go ssshhh on this one. You know where to find it anyway. With this price, I got a free rose Paris macaron enclosed in a box fit for an engagement ring.
You may be wondering if it was a special occasion or did Mr. Diplomat do something really nasty that called for such a treat. I leave that for you to find out…