Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
Hidden in the back streets of Sheung Wan is one of Hong Kongs newest and most memorable establishments on the dining scene. Concealed behind a faux fasçade of a traditional Chinese stamp shop reveals a retro modern interior by Nelson Chow of NCDA.
Mrs. Pound, named after a fabled illustrious a charismatic Shanghainese burlesque dancer and world traveler, with an adventurous palette in both food and men. This restaurant and bar references a narrative of fictional lovers who secretly reunite in midlife. As the legend suggests, a wealthy Hong Kong businessman opened the stamp shop as a testament of love for her.
The relationship between the two brings plenty of spice and charm to the menu as well as within the interior decoration.
“The architects took cues from the cult classics of film director Wong Kar Wai, and created a setting that blends elements of Eastern and Western culture. The result is something that teeter’s on pastiche, but well-executed in luxe materials and with a great fun factor. Mrs. Pound is divided into two main spaces with yin and yang aesthetics: the lower dining area is all about feminine glamour through the use pink leather banquettes, mirrored marquee lights, pink patterned Chinese tile and delicate gold accents, while the upper dining area features an opposite counterpoint through the use of diagonal concrete panels, green floor tiles, green bar stools and striking neon artwork. The menu of Mrs. Pound is equally eclectic and very much a Pan-Asian feast of street food classics, ranging from spiced lamb skewers and razor clams, to beef rendang and lemongrass meatballs.”
Interestingly, the architects have also taken some traditional Feng Shui cures and given them a little retro twist. I noticed a 50s brass pendulum clock tucked away in the South Eastern corner. This is most likely to activate the prosperous Water star number 8 or 9 [It’s working as the venue is busy every night]. On the East-facing wall a brass trumpet has been hung with a small vanity mirror sitting inside the bell. This might be an alternative cure for a Mountain star number 5. This is the worst among the 9 mountain stars and as it represents misfortune is absolutely necessary to dissolve its strength. As it is of earth nature, the cure we use in Feng Shui is metal and water. The traditional cure for the star 5 is a metal wind-chime that makes metal sounds. So too a brass instrument makes metal sounds and coupled with the mirror can be a strong alternative to the traditional chime. The general manager confirmed that the interiors team had in fact analysed the elements within the space and incorporated Feng Shui remedies.
I love this little hangout and throw back into history, you get the sense that you’re being let in on a little secret that few others knows about…