During one of my visits to Amber last year, I was chatting with Chef Richard Ekkebus when he brought up the idea of taking his now-signature Hokkaido sea urchin dish off the menu. Upon hearing this possibility, I apparently jokingly threatened to start an "Occupy Amber" movement if it ever happened. Of course, I promptly forgot about my joke after I left the restaurant.
But Richard remembered, and when he decided that he would pass on the recipe for the dish to Corey Lee (so that it would be on the menu of In Situ, Corey's upcoming restaurant at SFMOMA) and finally take it off the Amber menu after 8 years, he spoke about this impending move to a few journalists and mentioned my "threat" as an anecdote. Without mentioning any names, of course... Heck, it even made it to the Wall Street Journal! O, the irony!
Having been reminded of my threat, and shocked that he's actually going to take it off the menu, I decided to follow through with my threat and "occupy Amber". But I did ask for Richard's permission first, and he was more than willing to let me show him what I've got.
So that's one of the reasons why I'm here today. The other reason is that my friend had read my post about the game menu I had last month, and really wanted to have some of those dishes. So the two of us showed up for my first Occupy session, although my friend was blissfully unaware...
Having eaten quite a lot lately, I decided I wanted a light lunch... and was going to order only 2 dishes. However I encouraged my friend to order whatever he fancied, as it seems it's been a while since he was last here.
P.S. for those of you who don't know, the Hokkaido sea urchin dish is due to come off the menu in May 2016. After that date it will only be available at In Situ in San Francisco.