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Located in The Elements directly across from the escalators leading to the MTR station, Prince is a popular restaurant for nearby office-workers and wandering shoppers from the mall. Although seating is spacious between tables, it can get quite noisy as the restaurant fills up, as is common for Chinese eateries. For a more intimate dining experience without booking out a private room, request one of the booths in the back.
The menu features a variety of Cantonese classics, many of which have been revitalised with modern ingredients. The Spanish Iberico barbecued pork is succulent with just the right amount of sweetness from the honey glaze. The deep-fried basa fish with salt and pepper is a comforting treat, with a light batter encasing the flaky white fish, and not overly seasoned. The fragrance of the truffle in the stir-fried egg white with assorted seafood and black truffle arrived at the table before the dish, which added an extra layer of indulgence in an otherwise plain dish. Although listed as having an assortment of seafood, we barely detected ingredients other than shrimp. It should be noted that portions are quite large, and as the braised bean curd with black mushroom and bamboo piths arrived at our table, we were already quite full.
While there weren’t any elements in the dish that can be faulted, the combination of flavours itself didn’t really stand out. As for dessert, diners will find a selection of traditional offerings such as mango pudding, chilled mango cream with sago and pomelo, and almond milk with egg white.
For wines by the glass, there are only two options available: Jean Balmont Reserve Merlot, Negociant 2008/09; and Crucero Chardonnay 2011/12. However, if you’re looking to splurge, there is a good selection of wines available by the bottle with both old and new world producers, ranging from HK$280 to HK$26,800 per bottle.
Walking into the restaurant, servers were quick to greet and seat us. Throughout the meal, we felt like we were treated as family, with servers engaging in polite conservation and readily offering suggestions on what to order from the menu and wine pairings.
A meal for two with a glass of wine each comes to around HK$950, but this can escalate quickly if you order premium items such as braised Yoshihama abalone with black mushroom and goose web, which comes at HK$880 per piece.