Imagine taking your kids out for dinner at the new restaurant, Mrs. Pound, that your friends have been raving about. You took careful note of the address “6 Pound Lane” – you didn’t immediately recognize the street name, so you double-checked its location in Sheung Wan on Google Maps – but now you are standing in front of a completely unrelated storefront with no sign of the restaurant anywhere. Is this a recipe for disaster? Or are you starting to catch whiff of an adventure?
Mrs. Pound is a speakeasy-themed restaurant – think camouflaged entrance, hidden door mechanism and kitschy décor on the inside. The theme itself doesn’t have anything to do with the food but I think the fun atmosphere will help make cautious eaters more receptive to trying new foods. And this is something you want them to try. Mrs. Pound specializes in modern fusion Southeast Asian comfort food with a serious twist. We’re talking laksa + bimbimbop and beef rendang + char siu bao. My two favorites are the double-fried Sichuan peppercorn ma la chicken wings – juicy, a hint of sweetness and not as nearly as spicy as its name implies – and the salted egg yolk prawns – if you aren’t familiar with salted eggs, you should try it here. I’m not even sure if these were classic dishes or what the twists were, but trust me were they good! The skewers, bulgogi pork belly or lemongrass chicken meatball, might be an easy placed to start for kids.
Unfortunately the lighting was too dim for my food pics to come out but here are some from their Instagram account @mrspoundhk.
You can also find plenty of restaurant reviews online but I warn you not too read too many. Half the fun is trying to find your way into the restaurant, and some people just can’t keep a secret with or without spoiler alert warnings. Let me put it this way: I’ve watched The Sixth Sense at least 5 or 6 times and still love it, but nothing beats that first time you see Bruce Willis’ character…. Anyway, this is the reason I’d also suggest going for dinner over lunch, at least the first time, because I’ve frequently seen their door open during the day.
Mrs. Pound opens at 6pm. I always bring my kids to places like this as close to the opening time as possible so we can avoid lines and fully enjoy our meal before the restaurant gets crowded and noisy. No worries if you get there a little early. Kids will enjoy lingering in front of Mr. Ming’s Stamp Shop window, admiring the different chops. It might even give them some ideas if you are willing to buy them a custom engraved chop.
Mrs. Pound: 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, 3426 3949.