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The Best Of Hong Kong
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By Kate Springer | August 29th, 2015
  • Casual Dining
  • HK Island, Sheung Wan
  • Address: ,6 Pound Lane,Sheung Wan
  • Website: http://www.mrspound.com
  • Open Hours: Monday-Friday, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
  • Capacity: 30
  • Open Since: January, 1970
  • Phone: +852-3426-3949
  • Rating: 4
  • Cuisine: Asian, Southeast Asian
  • Ambience: Casual, Trendy

Speakeasy Diner: When Mrs. Pound opened in 2014, it was the talk of the town and on every cool kid’s to-do list. It’s still a hit, thanks to its not-so-secret entrance, dazzling diner interiors and genuinely good Southeast Asian “street food.”

Look & Feel: You’re walking into the home of Mrs. Pound, a fictional burlesque dancer whose lover, Mr.  Ming, bought her a chop shop to show how much he cares. Once you figure out how to get inside (hint: press the stamp to open the sliding door), it’s all hot pink, neon and dizzying 1950s memorabilia.

On the Menu: Mrs. Pound aims to reinvent Southeast Asian street food with creative combos, such as the Xinjiang spiced lamb skewers (a bit pricey at $40 for two), which comes with a spicy green sauce that we could eat all day long. The beef randang baos (again, a wallet-draining $45 for ONE!) are also a great surprise, but could use more meat in the middle.

Service: Pretty spot-on, actually. Servers talk extensively about the menu and how things are prepared, leading us to the best bang-for-your buck dishes. The bartender also listens when we say “Not to sweet, pleeease” and can make a well-balanced Mr. Ming’s Negroni.

 

Mrs Pound Southeast Asian Street Food
Fresh ingredients go into every “street food” dish at Mrs Pound

 

Jeng: You can see Young Master Ales on tap, and the little diner earns points just for that alone. Definitely try the crispy laksa bibimbap, which is a good-enough portion to share and comes with all kinds of veggies and generous chunks of chicken.

Not So Jeng: We dig extra crispy chicken wings, but the double-fried ma la wings are all fried batter and hardly any chicken.

Great For: Date nights, drinks with friends, parties.

FYI: Sorry, they don’t take resos. Walk-in only.

This writeup was based on an independent tasting. The Loop doesn’t guarantee/sell restaurant review coverage. See our editorial policy here.