I have been remiss. It's been more than four months since my first (and previous) #OccupyAmber session, and that is no way to get a movement going! So when Hello Kitty suggested that we go somewhere nice for dinner tonight, I knew there was no better place to take her... PLUS, it would appear that she's never had the famous Hokkaido sea urchin dish that Chef Richard Ekkebus is threatening to take off the menu at Amber! This needed to be rectified ASAP.
So the two of us walked in, got seated, and it wasn't long before Richard very kindly came to greet us. We had looked over the menu and found the current degustation menu pretty interesting, but as I follow three of Amber's chefs on Instagram, I've been seeing a bunch of delicious-looking dishes on my feed lately. After getting the nod from Hello Kitty, I asked Richard to send us whatever he fancied, without "a foot on the brakes" in terms of quantity.
The deep-fried head was oh-so-crunchy... and the legs came off with just a little bit of pressure, and crumbled in the mouth with the slightest pressure. Sooo damn good. Hello Kitty and I joked that the calamansi emulsion was similar to
Noma Tokyo last year (unfortunately, I didn't get that dish for my dinner...)
My only complaint? Why was the portion so puny?! We would have devoured something 5 times the size... or at least double!
last year and it was a revelation. My first bite of this particular spear brought back those memories... fresh, sweet, and vibrant. Served with seaweed, salicornia, and silver-stripe round herring (黍魚子) on top. Definitely tasted flavors of the sea... especially from the herring... not to mention the nori (のり) purée on one side as well as the seawater foam with matcha (抹茶) powder on top. A beautiful dish.
This Arrogant Prick is ever grateful of the way his needs are catered to at Amber, and counts himself lucky to be on good terms with Chefs like Richard and Maxime. Many thanks for making Hello Kitty a very happy camper!