Discretely perched on a sloping corner in Hong Kong’s famous antiques district, Sheung Wan, Mrs. Pound by NCDA is a small 45 seat (150 m2) speakeasy restaurant & bar that offers a modern and playful spin on an Asian fusion cuisine. The restaurant’s disguised façade is informed by the fictional narrative of two star crossed lovers who secretly reunite in midlife. As the legend suggests, the restaurant’s namesake character Mrs. Pound was a renowned burlesque dancer in 1950’s Shanghai. Weary of the limelight, the glamorous femme fatale retires in 1960’s Hong Kong to seek refuge with her childhood love, the married Mr. Ming. An avid stamp collector, Mr. Ming sets up a neighborhood stamp shop as the perfect front to disguise Mrs. Pound’s speakeasy, their clandestine meeting spot. To gain entry to Mrs. Pound, initiated guests activate a concealed door by pressing a secret stamp hidden within the massive illuminated vitrine. The shop façade slides open to reveal a vibrant pink and green dining space filled with vintage photos and intimate memorabilia that tell the story of Mrs. Pound’s mysterious and extravagant life.
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