Go pawn for lunch? The idea would certainly meet with disapproval by your parents or your other half. But this Pawn is not the pawn they may have in mind.
The Pawn in Wanchai used to be an old pawnshop. A few years back, as Hong Kong started to preserve her heritage, the place was declared an historic building and has since been revitalized as an English restaurant.
I actually visited the place for lunch quite some time ago but never got the time to write the review. Passed by this place a few days ago and noticed that it was still offering set lunch at $150. This is really something unusual but good to consumers under the rapidly mounting inflationary pressure. So I figured that I owe them a review.
There are two entrances to the Pawn. One is from an elevator by 大王東街 while the other is from a flight of narrow stairs off Johnston Road.
The Pawn from Johnston Road
Narrow stairs leading up to the Pawn
We decided to walk up the stairs and revisit the feel of the old building. The first floor is a pub for drinks and looks like a good place for casual gathering. Another floor up is the restaurant. The inside was spacious, with old wooden furniture, wooden plank floors and preserved architecture.
Folding iron gate with logo of 和昌大押
Even the old folding iron gates with the logo 和昌大押 was preserved.
Along the side is a wrap-around balcony overlooking Johnston Road. I actually saw the famous financial writerTony with his family in the balcony. Very comfortable setting.
Balcony overlooking Johnston Road
The $150 set lunch was a 3-course deal and offered a few choices. Coffee and dessert is a either or. We ordered:
Sweet corn and pepper soup;
Smooth and creamy soup, served with toast
For mains, we had:
Grilled blade of pork in apple sauce;
The prok was grilled to a charred/crispy skin. The inside was topped with a thick layer of fat which looked very filling, but not oily and fatty at all to the palate. The apple sauce also neutralized the filling sensation of the meat.
Thick layer of fat - not oily at all
Pan-fried fillet of sole in dill butter sauce;
Presentation a bit sloppy
The fish was pretty standard but offers a sizeable portion. The butter sauce was smooth and creamy although the presentation looked a bit sloppy.
Cherry tomato, spinack, rocket penne in parmesan, tomato sauce.
The size of the serving is relatively minute but suited the appetite of Qoo very much, al dente and refreshing.
For dessert, we ordered chocolate bread and butter pudding and tried Eton Mess. We never tried Eton Mess before. The hostess explained that Eton mess was an English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue and cream, traditionally served at Eton College's annual cricket game against Winchester College. That was the background. As for the mess itself, the presentation certainly lived up to its name. The taste was a bit too creamy and heavy for me personally. But at least I've now learnt what the mess is what about and is definitely worth trying.
Eton mess - palatable mess
Choco bread pudding - ok la
Enjoy the setting. Service is pleasant. Food is above-average. Price is reasonable. Will Pawn again.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Spending per head: Approximately HKD170(Lunch)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 4