Kenya’s hospitality industry has been on an upward trend over the last two years as global brands continue to set up in the region due to the increasing demand on travel and accommodation.
The new Amber Hotel is strategically positioned in a quiet corner on Ngong Lane, off Ngong Road. It neighbours shopping malls such as Yaya Centre, Prestige Plaza and the Junction as well as business parks, health centres and golf courses. This contemporary hotel boasts a unique architectural style: elegant decor with a modern design featuring marble floors, cream walls and mahogany pillars.
The all-day dining restaurant located on the ground floor is not only spacious but chic with an air of class and sophistication. The restaurant has a seating capacity of 150 – 200 guests. Executive Chef Frederik Olesen serves local and continental cuisine with an international twist be it Southeast Asian, Scandinavian, or French influence. Every meal is an escapade.
There’s always something adventurous about visiting a new restaurant. The excitement to experience the chef’s signature dishes makes you feel like you are on a journey of discovery.
I recently visited this three month old restaurant and our meal was specially chosen by the chef in a bid to let us experience a little bit of everything from the menu. Our starters included butter fried fish cakes with cucumber in sweet mustard and dill with a tatar sauce which brought an amazing savory punch to the fish cakes.
The Thai style pork ribs grilled in stock glaze with soy sauce, honey, sesame, chilli, coriander and spring onion were tender and the meat easily fell off the bones. The ribs had a great sweet and sour taste which they got from the combination of honey and chilli. Every bite revealed the attention and care the chef took when making this meal and his visits to our table as each course arrived assured us that we were in safe hands. The Greek salad starter was fresh and colorful. Each bite was crunchy and flavorful – just what we needed to whet our appetites.
The mains featured the six hour braised lamb shoulder with peas, lightly pickled onions, carrots and grilled baby gem lettuce with creamy mashed potatoes, steamed rice and triple cooked chips with ketchup. The creamy and buttery mashed potatoes were addictive and we were lucky to have the chef share the secret ingredient with us, I would tell you, but you will have to visit Amber to find out.
The little room we had left was just enough for a light panna cotta dessert and cinnamon marinated fruits served with vanilla cream, fresh fruits and a honeycomb. A wonderfully sweet end to our meal.
The menu at the Amber Hotel restaurant features pork, tilapia, chicken and lamb meals at affordable prices. They currently have one vegetarian option: pappardelle pasta with butternut squash, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, parmesan and cashew nuts in beure noissette. There are also vegetarian starters and salads and they plan on adding more vegetarian meal options soon. The chef is open to creating tailor-made menus if you are looking to have something that’s not currently available but be sure to call the restaurant in advance if this is the case.
Should you find yourself caught up in the Friday evening traffic, swing by for the happy hour offer every Friday from 5PM to 8PM where local beer is Kshs 250, house wine is Kshs 450 per glass and selected hand crafted cocktails are Kshs 500.