AMBER flung open its doors to Pattaya’s diners late last year and since then has gained an enviable reputation, not only for its extensive assemblage of carefully selected labels from the old and new wine worlds but a menu devised to highlight the very best of classic European cuisine.
Sited in the old Blue Olive building in Soi 8, Thepprasit Road, Jomtien, the leading light of this wine centric restaurant is Belgian national, Peter De Kegel whose expertise in the food and grape industry is well known. He
presents a menu of classic comfort fine dining, saying goodbye to old strait jacket rules and “allo, allo” to
interesting gastro-forward cuisine. Also, admirably, there are small and large plate options to make possible a tasting menu of both food and wines.
Other starters include a French goat cheese Caprese, an example of Amber’s gastro twists. Norwegian salmon tataki is 24 hour marinated salmon in Moroccan herbs, sautéed and rolled in seaweed (B.226) or the US scallops come on a bed of seaweed and micro salad topped with crispy bacon (B.266).
My Australian beef cheeks had been slow cooked in a robust red wine with a selection of vegetables. The beef was fall-apart tender, full-bodied and juicy bathed in a luscious red wine gravy. Definitely a must-have.
After so much gleeful eating we couldn’t leave without tasting one of their desserts and plumped for a chocolate ganache tart. A sweet, toothsome finale to our debut eating at Amber
Amber is a discovery. Hitting the right price points, this will become, understandably, a very popular restaurant.
Visit www.amberpattaya.com or info@ amberpattaya.com. Monthly wine tastings and speciality food nights will be held soon, contact Peter for details.