Amuse Bouche・Amuse Bouch
Date of review: January 26, 2015 | Reviewed by:
Bag a table by the window and enjoy spectacular city views across Hong Kong, thanks to Amuse Bouche’s 21st floor setting. Unfortunately, diners seated in the centre of the restaurant will have to crane their heads to catch the city lights – although don’t feel too sorry for them, as the interior design is sleek and sophisticated with wooden floors and monochrome walls.
The food is excellent and each course has a complex mixture of flavours and textures that melt in the mouth. We start with slow-cooked French quail and foie gras mille feuille with black truffle on a bed of celery root purée. It is surprisingly delicate and the unusual mix of ingredients blend beautifully together. We also have the Norwegian scallop with sea urchin: the scallops are perfectly cooked and very tender, and blend well with the lime shallot sauce, although the sea urchins are slightly under-seasoned. For main course, we have Atlantic gaddus fillet with sweet parsnip purée and saffron mussel vanilla sauce. Other than the fillet being slightly dry, this is another delicious option, particularly thanks to the tangy sauce. Our second main course is pan-fried langoustine with crab cream, not as rich as it sounds, and a must-have for any visitor, although you may have to stock up on bread afterwards as the portions are small. We finished with a plate of good French cheese and a perfectly crusty, caramel apple tart with rich vanilla ice cream. A delight from start to finish.
There is no sommelier and we were disappointed to see that there were only two red and two white wines served by the glass. However, the head waiter recommended an excellent Burgundy white, which made all the moaning go away. The selection by the bottle, by contrast, was very impressive, showcasing unusual wines from around the world, and some particularly spectacular French vintages.
The service is attentive yet relaxed throughout, and staff were knowledgable about the menu. Small details added up to an exceptional experience: we requested to share our starters and desserts and the staff kindly plated two sets for each of us. If the room feels a little cold for comfort, staff are happy to offer you a choice of shawls – available in a number of colours, no less.
Value for money: Not a cheap meal by any stretch of the imagination, Amuse Bouche does nonetheless provide good value for money if one takes into account the glamorous setting, the excellent food and the unusual wine list. A meal for two with two glasses of wine each will cost approximately HK$3,300.