Mrs. Pound | Hong Kong
Hmm the secret's out! I thought there was supposed to be some secret button I have to push to get inside Mrs. Pound but the door was wide open with a lunch menu on display in front. Anyway the story behind this restaurant is that Mrs. Pound is supposedly a burlesque dancer who ran away with her lover Mr. Ming to Hong Kong. He gave her his stamp shop and she turned it into a restaurant in the back, serving up innovative Southeast Asian cuisine.
The front may look like a Chinese stamp shop but once you step inside, you feel like you have been transported to a retro 60's burlesque club complete with neon lights, mirrors with lipstick on it, and hot pink & turquoise colors.
The lunch sets were reasonable at around $100 including salad and drinks with 6 choices to choose from. I was debating between the Bak Kuh Teh, Hainan Chicken and Beef Rendang but finally went with the Bak Kuh Teh since it is only available at lunch.
Lemongrass Ice Tea (+$25) - when the wait staff was rattling off the drinks available, they failed to mention that this would cost extra. It's not a lot of money but it's just never good to have your customers be surprised when they get the bill. Besides, this wasn't really worth the extra charge as the lemongrass aroma was faint and it didn't taste any different from a regular ice tea. [3/5]
The salad that came with the lunch set was pitifully tiny but at least it was tart and spicy so it was actually quite appetizing.
Bak Kuh Teh ($95) - I ended up having to wait half an hour for this but good thing it was worth the wait! The stew arrived piping hot and it was aromatic and flavorful. Just wished that the broth had a stronger herbal flavor which is usually what I prefer with my bak kuh tehs. The pork was quite tender and there were lots of it along with tofu. It also came with a Chinese donut but it wasn't fluffy enough compared to the ones at congee shops. [4/5]
Verdict - the restaurant seems to have teething problems with its service, but Mrs. Pound is definitely worth a second visit at night where they serve more innovative Asian street food like pork bulgogi skewers, spicy corns and beef rendang baos along with mains like hainan chicken and chili crab!
6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan
+852 3426 3949
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