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The Principal

#1,015 of 4,836 Restaurants in Hong Kong
#1,099 of 5,192 Places to Eat in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
European, Spanish, Fusion, Eclectic
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9 Star Street, Hong Kong, China
+852 2563 3444
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great service and food. Mackerel starter - great flavours...

Went to the Principal for their lunch menu - actually not bad value given the fact it's a two star Michelin place (1500 HKD for two including three courses each and two glasses of bubbles). Staff were very friendly, very quick to serve and eager to talk about the place, food and threw in a few... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
Jonny S
,
Hong Kong, China
via mobile
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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48 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Hong Kong, China
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Ate there 2 years ago and it was an incredible, memorable experience. Went back last night and it has really changed for the worse. Uninspired food, robotic and dis-engaged service, horrible value for money. Had an 8 or 9 course degustation and 4-5 of the courses were totally unremarkable (one was a broth, presented in a bag, that was indistinguishable... More 

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Hong Kong, China
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

OK. I went on May1 which was a bad idea because the chef was probably on leave but a 2 star Michelon should close for the day if it cannot maintain standards. However, it's major failures are associated with serviceas well as food. I had been twice before in large groups for packaged food and had given it the benefit... More 

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PressRoomGroup, Manager at The Principal, responded to this review

Dear KeithIG, Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed and honest review. Sorry to hear your experiences at The Principal was disappointing. Your valuable feedback has been shared with the team. We would like to invite you back to try a menu specially-prepared by our chef that meets your dietary requirements. We hope that you will accept... More 

Hong Kong, China
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 via mobile

Went to the Principal for their lunch menu - actually not bad value given the fact it's a two star Michelin place (1500 HKD for two including three courses each and two glasses of bubbles). Staff were very friendly, very quick to serve and eager to talk about the place, food and threw in a few friendly recommendations for things... More 

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Shanghai
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Do you like plain, uninteresting food with bland flavours served by disinterested staff in drab surroundings? If so, you will love it here. I didn't realize that restaurants had to pay for their Michelin stars; that may explain why a meal here is eye-wateringly expensive. Do not fall into the trap of the Emporer's New Clothes; Pizza Express is only... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We had a business lunch for 8. There were more staff then customers and the table looked good. That's as good as it gets! Then the service started and what could go wrong did go wrong. Food arrived at the table at different times, presented incorrectly and to the wrong individuals, one main course was completely wrong. The food was... More 

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Hong Kong, China
Top Contributor
190 reviews 190 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This is michellin 2star hotel which I've marked for so long. I booked this restaurant during HK restaurant wk (it's a local events held twice each year to select bunch of restaurants for promotio- for fan's tasing at relatively cheap price). The Principal is the only 2star Michellin restaurant in this year event. Unlike other restaurants provided $198 for 3... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Please note that through a coincidence I had become well acquainted with some people in the group's management and for this reason had found out that they only operated something which the manager modestly called "a rather good restaurant" ! A 2 Michelin star restaurant! This relationship helped by providing exceptional service: we arrived later than reserved and had to... More 

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Hong Kong, China
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We were really looking forward to going here. We were lucky enough to have a reservation for Friday night just after the Michelin guide came out giving the place 2 stars. Quite how it has 2 stars, I'm really not sure. We certainly didn't feel like that was what we got. FOOD The menu and food is creative. Without a... More 

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New York
Top Contributor
516 reviews 516 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Quite nice relaxed place with plenty of space to have decent conversations. Very well prepared food with creative mixtures of different cusines . Good wine by the glass list and nice breads.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Excellent Sunday brunch with free-flow champagne, beer, wine and soft drinks. Innovative and interesting menu, excellent attentive but unobtrusive service. An all-round great way to enjoy a Sunday.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 Star Street, Hong Kong, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Hong Kong Region  >  Hong Kong
  • Phone Number: +852 2563 3444

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European, Spanish, Fusion, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?