[Hong Kong] The Principle : New 2-starred Restaurant in Wanchai

The Principle, located situated in the heart of the Star Street Precinct, features the cuisine of head chef Jonay Armas, who received his first Michelin Star one year after its opening in 2012. In the latest Michelin Guide 2015, Jonay Armas finally wins his second star. 位於灣仔星街的The Principle 是2015年米芝蓮指南上新晉的二星西班牙餐廳。在主廚Jonay Armas團隊的帶領下,餐廳自2012年開業以來不到一年時間就摘下了米芝蓮一星的榮譽。

Last Visit: Dec.27.2014

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The ambiance is very warm and home-feeling. There's a large marble-topped counter filled with wines, cheeses and a massive leg of Iberico ham takes centre stage in the dining room.

The lunch menu are really pocket-friendly, you can choose 2 courses, 3 courses or 4 courses at net price $290, $350 and $430 respectively.

餐廳內部裝修很溫暖,非常有家的感覺,又不失高貴和優雅。正中央是存放酒、奶酪還有火腿的吧台。午餐菜單價格親民,2道菜$290,3道菜$350,4道$430,各加一。

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Amuse bouche: Cream cheese roll

餐前小吃有兩種。第一款是奶油芝士卷。芝士味很濃郁,卷也很脆。

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Amuse bouche: watermelon

第二款西瓜則沒什麼特別之處,和普通的西瓜也沒差。

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There's no bread basket here, and only two kinds of breads serve to each guest: Olive bread and traditional baguette. Both are soft and warm, which is not normal for a baguette. I still prefer the breads in French restaurants.

不同於法國餐廳,The Principle並沒有提供豐富的麵包籃。供選擇的只有兩款麵包:一款是橄欖麵包,一款是法包。雖然叫做法包,但是西班牙式的外皮相比法式的還是比較軟的。個人還是比較喜歡法式。

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 "LOBSTER": Boston Lobster Ravioli, Bisque Tradicional, Dill (+30) DSC04287

The lobster ravioli is really good, very fresh lobster with perfectly cooked raviolli. The lobster bisque is a little bit bitter somehow, i didn't finish the soup anyway.

前菜我選擇了龍蝦意餃子,味道很不錯。意餃主導al dant,內部的龍蝦肉味道鮮美彈牙。可是不知道為什麼湯底有點微苦。

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"COD" - Confit, White Asparagus, Pea Pil Pil 

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Looks very simple and delicate. The first cut tells how tender the fish is. The soup base is from braised fish - it is really good, with very strong fish flavor.

主菜鱈魚看起來就是剔透,非常嫩,讓人口水直流。看起來很清淡簡單的一道主菜,味道確實很鮮美。湯底濃縮了魚的精華的味道,法國豆子和白蘆筍也很新鮮健康。

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"PB & J": Peanut Butter Mousse, Pain Perdu, Black Currant Sorbet

Peanut butter is not often used in dessert so i ordered this, the mousse is creamy and more like yogurt. However, the flavor of the peanut butter is not very strong.

甜品環節選擇了招牌的花生醬慕斯。花生醬慕斯的口感順滑,就像優格一樣,但是味道不是很濃郁。和黑加侖雪葩的結合倒是不錯的平衡,很清新。

 

The food is not bad at all, the only thing disappointed me was the service. I didn't feel the 2-starred-quality service (compare to Caprice) once i stepped into the restaurant. The attendants kept walking around the main dining room during our dining time, which made us very uncomfortable. And i didn't feel their warmest welcome at all. The introduction and explanation of each course is not very clear neither. I think the team need to work more on the service anyway.

對於食物的總體印象還是不錯的,食材質量很高,廚師的處理也很好,味道很贊,物有所值。唯一可惜的就是服務比較冷淡,和米芝蓮二星還有溫暖的裝潢並不是很搭。比如上菜時介紹地也不是很詳盡,只能靠自己的味覺來品味一些未能提及的材料。希望餐廳可以在服務方面有所加強,不要辜負主廚3年來的努力。

 

The Principle

Address: 9 Star Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Hours: Lunch: Mon- Fri 12:00- 2pm ; Sun 11:30 am - 2 am

Dinner: Mon-Sat, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Tel: +852 2563 3444

Website: http://www.theprincipal.com.hk

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