The Principal, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
This post is long overdue. We went to The Principal a while back now, our first date night in Hong Kong! The Press Room group has added another restaurant to their family – there’s the Press Room, Classified, The Pawn, SML, the News Room and now The Principal. Located on Star Street in Wan Chai, right below Star Crest, the Principal is quite spacious, very relaxed atmosphere and offers diners Modern European cuisine.
We opt for a la carte, but diners have the option of a 5 or 8 tasting course meal which I have heard is quite good. Not only we were offered the usual bread basket but were also offered some caramel popcorn, almonds and rosemary puffs which I really enjoyed. The caramel popcorn were great but a little too sweet to start with, dessert would have been a different story.
The olives were fresh and absolutely fantastic!
Warm bread, I think from memory I had the sour dough or was it herb?
Amuse bouche –cauliflower (I think!) with crab roe which was light and deliciously creamy!
We started with 63 degrees egg free-range, eggs, ceps, artichoke, and summer truffle (HKD185). Generous amounts of truffle, the eggs were cooked to perfection and the mushroom and artichoke was a wonderful complement. It was definitely a light and delicious dish!
For main, ‘The Mother’ opt for sea bass – line caught sea bass, ratte potato, sea foie, fava beans, chard (HKD370). The skin was crispy, I thought the fish was a little dry for my liking, but the mother seemed to have enjoyed it.
I on the other hand opt for something different than pork can you believe it? Beef sirloin, grilled sirloin, bone marrow, burnt leek, zucchini, and summer truffle (HKD380) – it really had me at ‘bone marrow’. Thick cuts cooked to medium rare, served with horseradish sauce. I was a little disappointed with the amount of bone marrow, I wanted more, it was hidden under baby leeks and shallots and they were brilliant!
For dessert, we shared the deconstructed mandarin cheese cake, pineapple, rosemary crumbs, passionfruit sorbet, coconut gel and poppy seed (HKD 130). It was just too pretty to eat! The mandarin cheese cake was fluffy and light and the passionfruit sorbet a wonderful complement. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful meal!
And if that wasn’t enough, we also had petite fours, (now this is testing my memory here!), coconut marshmallow, extremely sour but chewy jubes, and dark rich chocolate!
Service was good and food definitely delicious – especially the tasty beef sirloin! Would definitely come back and try their tasting menu or brunch.
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
G/F, 9 Star Street
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Ph: +852 2563 3444