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Built in The Former Marine Police Headquarters, Prince attracts locals and tourists to its circularly designed space. Utilising the architecture of the heritage building, the restaurant uses the red bricks of the original foundation, taking you back to colonial times. From the vintage drapes to the authentic silverware and sweeping views of the Victoria Harbour, the ambiance makes for a truly oriental experience.
The menu at Prince caters to every palate type while it is often presented with a subtle modern twist. The braised potato in chilli sauce with leeks, peppercorn and Sichuan spices create intense flavours and is a great way to start the meal. A must-order is the goose, which is available in whole, half and even a single portion. The goose is roasted to a crispy exterior with juicy meat. The combination of steamed bamboo piths stuffed with asparagus, gives an unexpected mix of textures, and is perfectly complemented by the sweet bean broth. A recommended signature dish, the pan-fried crispy noodles with assorted seafood, wowed us with its presentation. Mini circular noodle cakes are topped off with assorted seafood, cooked with egg and colourful vegetables. It’s no wonder it’s a house favourite – the flavours and textures created is one to be relished and is perfect for noodle fans, ready to be devoured after a quick mix. To end, we chose a bowl of mango pudding. Creamy and fragrant, the rich mango pudding is filled with fresh mango chunks and topped with mango puree. This dessert is not to be missed.
Wine is available from a number of regions around the world including a few rare vintages with prices that range reach HK$26,000 a bottle. The menu is also complete with a Chinese tea list and the staff can offer their recommendations on which teas to pair with your meal.
The staff were polite and quick to ensure we were comfortably seated. They also ensured our teacups were always full and constantly checked back to see if your plate needed changing. While there was a slight mix up with the chilli sauce, the manager was quick to fix the mistake and bought out a variety of sauces to choose from.
Dinner for two with wine comes to approximately HK$1,200, which makes it a bit pricey for a Chinese dinner. However, with its extensive menu, quality ingredients and historic site, Prince Restaurant is definitely worth a try.