We had the most fabulous dinner at Amber. From the initial greeting at the restaurant entrance to our departure after practically closing the place [waitstaff preparing other tables for the next day while we were still seated, feeling unrushed and still welcome].
When we arrived, we were not sure if the rest of our party was there; the maitre d' immediately seated us in the comfortable lobby area and offered me a sparkling water. As our party WAS there, we were promptly escorted to a wonderful table in the middle of the dining room. Within moments, champagne appeared [our host pre-arranged] followed by bread service. We were offered a selection of three freshly baked breads and a choice of salted or unsalted butter or olive oil. THAT was a first for me, the choice of salted or unsalted butter! And the presentation was unique and aesthetically pleasing.
I ordered the smoked salmon as my appetizer. The presentation was nothing short of theatrical. I really don't want to reveal details or I would spoil the moment. My husband had the sea urchin, which arrives in a chic porcelain sea urchin bowl. Both appetizers looked and tasted amazing. Our host had the foie gras, which he seemed enthusiastic about.
My entree choice, the sea bream, was perfectly cooked; with a seared exterior and tender, just-done interior. Again, everything about the dish worked in harmony; the accompaniments, the sauce.
We were too full for dessert, but did not dismiss the elegant and delectable sweets which were brought to the table in a three-tiered box, opened ceremoniously by the waiter. They were excellent.
All in all, Amber did not disappoint in any way.
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