The Principal is a newly opened restaurant at Star Street, Hong Kong. The restaurant is spacious. The decor is modern and elegant. For a new restaurant, the service was very good indeed. The wine list is good. Although not the most extensive, they do have some pretty rare and interesting wines from all over the world wines, and not necessarily expensive either.
The most important aspect of any restaurant is of course the food. Chef Jonay is from Spain and he has worked in numerous famous restaurants in Spain including the 3 Michelin stars Can Fabes in Barcelona. I am pleased to report the the food did not disappoint. You can certainly see the modern Spanish influence from the style of cooking here. Chef Jonay dishes has creative use of ingredients, and the dishes are all presented well.
The prices here are also very reasonable considering the level of cuisine, service and decor. We tried the 8 courses tasting menu with wine paring. I highly recommend their wine pairing. They give you a different wine for each individual course. That is 8 different wines to match 8 different courses, and some of the wines were quite rare and unconventional but they all matched the different courses rather well. Most restaurants that offer wine paring might match 1 wine to 1.5 courses at best. For those who want to eat less, there is also a 6 courses tasting menu and a la carte of course.
As the restaurant is so new, it is not yet listed in Michelin Guide of course. Compared to the peer standard of Michelin star restaurants in Hong Kong, I would award them with 2 stars.
All photos were shot in RAW with Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EOS 50mm f/1.4 USM. The RAW files were converted to TIFF with Capture One Pro, with further processing by Photoshop CS5 before final output to the web. It is a pretty dark restaurant as far as photography is concerned. Most food shots were shot at ISO 6400. I am still amazed at how well ISO 6400 looks with the 5D Mark II.