The Team

The team at Honjo is peerless, having held positions in kitchens and hospitality all over the world for many years. The team comes together at Honjo to bring guests the ultimate dining experience. Expect delectable food, great drinks and attentive service.


Executive Chef

Over his more than 15 years in the food and beverage industry Chef Miguel Huelamo Estrada has imparted the grand traditions of Spanish and Mediterranean-style cuisines in restaurants from Dubai to Taiwan, always searching for new ways to interpret and reinterpret flavours and the guest experience.

Born in Spain, Miguel who first studied biology in university switched gears at 21, enrolling in the International Cuisine program at the Luis Irizar School in San Sebastian, Spain. 

“I began to cook first as a science experiment,” says Miguel. “Because I wanted to be able to eat all of the wonderful food that my grandmother cooked for us anytime I wanted.”

Since graduating Miguel has found success and mesmerized guests in London, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, at notable restaurants and hotels such as Zuma, Morimoto Dubai and Les Suite Orient, Shanghai, to name but a few.

“I have worked in many different countries and styles of restaurants, gathering experience and knowledge while sharpening my skills so that I can bring that wealth of experience to my next project,” Miguel says.

Pirata Group is excited to welcome Miguel as  the Executive Chef of Honjo, its innovative take on Japanese cuisine, where guests will be treated to unexpected and inspired flavours Miguel has made his trademark. 


General Manager 

With 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Paul Franklin excels in leading restaurant and bar teams. Through meaningful staff training, Paul focuses on equipping his team for success. Under his mentorship, each team member’s personal skills are identified, established and fully utilised, ensuring the success of the outlet. ColumnParagraph

Throughout his illustrious career, Paul has gained experience at celebrated establishments and restaurant groups in London – All Star Lanes, Peyote Restaurants, Rail House Café and Yosma London to name a few. He spearheaded restaurant launches and showed his expertise in operations through path implementation, site recruitment, goal measurement, and design and execution of operating procedures.

A motivational and engaging individual, Paul has led numerous teams of excellent staff who not only work tirelessly towards building the restaurant brand, but who do so with a smile on their faces. 

Paul was brought to Hong Kong in 2019 to helm the capable restaurant teams at Honjo and TMK, two of Pirata Group’s Japanese inspired establishments in Sheung Wan. Constantly up to tackle any challenge that comes his way, Paul took both restaurants’ launches in stride with astute observations, creative solutions and a positive approach towards handling each and every situation.

As Multi-Site General Manager for Pirata Group, Paul will work with his team to display fierce dedication towards providing unparalleled hospitality to guests at Honjo and TMK.


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