The story goes, that there once lived a femme fatale named Mrs. Pound, who loved burlesque and all things glamorous. To escape the limelight from her life as a famed burlesque dancer, she sought refuge with her love, Mr. Ming, who opened a stamp shop as a front to disguise Mrs. Pound’s secret passion – a hidden, very exclusive speakeasy for the most discerning of clients. With the push of a secret button (hidden within the massive showcase of stamps), the classic Chinese shop façade slides aside to expose a psychedelic interior filled with retro memorabilia of a Hong Kong long past, of 60s pin-up girls and classic cocktails. But it’s not all about the classics – temptations such as the Tom Yum Cooler and Prince Charles’ Affair entice thirsty diners, while breezy cocktails the likes of the Kyoto Deflower, a shaken blend of sake and mango juice, refreshes the palate. (From left to right clockwise) Bloody Mary, Prince Charles’ Affair, Kyoto Deflower.
Asian favourites, but with a twist, grace the menu. Juicy lemongrass “cage” meatballs ($45) share menu space with tongue-numbing double-fried Sichuan peppercorn “ma la” chicken wings ($75) and bulgogi pork belly wrapped in shiso ($38), while beef rendang poutine ($108) and herbed salted egg prawn ($188) give classics a new spin. We happily tucked into succulent morsels of razor clams mirepoix ($168), alongside heaping spoonfuls of sizzling laksa bibimbap ($148), with that perfect, crispy rice crust. The Sriracha mayo street corn doused in crumbly pecorino ($58) and noodle-batter deep fried oxtail ($95) appeased our inner gluttons, while Mrs. P’s Chili Crab ($468) was the headliner. Zipped in a plastic bag and shaken table-side to coat the meaty, sweet crab with plenty of gooey sauce, the chili crab was our favourite of the night. Oh yes, and there are fried mantou as a side to soak up all that luscious sauce.
(Below, clockwise) Herbed salted egg prawn ($188), Xinjiang lamb skewers with chive pesto ($40), Sriracha mayo street corn doused in crumbly pecorino ($58), tuna larb ($118).
(Below) Sizzling garlic prawn skewers with plenty of head fat…yum…
For a sweet finish, there’s ice cream sandwiches smeared with sinfully good condensed milk ice cream and peanut butter, or a selection of pillowy cakes ranging from Thai Milk Tea to Young Coconut flavours. I’ll definitely be back for more, since this very secret hangout is dangerously close to my Foodie office. The beef rendang steamed baos ($45) are on my next target list!
Verdict: The secretive storefront, the psychedelic interior, and the very social, delicious nibbles will have us coming back for more. Definitely the new cool kid on the block. Mrs. Pound, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, 3426 3949