62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, Chilling out
Expert review of The Pawn
Back in the day, all the buildings in Wan Chai looked like this. Families ran the business on the ground floor and kipped upstairs. There's still a homely feeling to The Pawn, which is spread over three floors of the converted 19th-century shophouse, and divided into Living Room, Dining Room and a Rooftop Terrace. It takes its name from the former Woo Cheong Pawn Shop, which used to do a thriving trade here.
It's classic Brit bait, with a fine selection of wines, whiskies and beers. The logical option for somewhere like this would be pan Asian, but pan Albion is doing pretty well.
These include Sunday roast, Full English Breakfast, Eton mess, lemon trifle, fish and chips (of course!) and a rather seductive Guinness chocolate cake.
In a city that likes to demolish its heritage buildings, The Pawn is a refreshing change and the décor sits well with the interior's high ceilings. I like this place so much simply for what it represents historically.
Service is very smart and efficient.
Itr's right on the tram line, well away from Wan Chai's raunchier areas, and on the edge of a massive government redevelopment project that is sweeping away similar buildings.
Starters are less than HK$100, mains less than HK$200 but you pay HK$450 for a dozen oysters, who've had a long journey to get here.
Head to the Roof Garden assuming it's not pouring or sweltering.
More information on The Pawn:
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- 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- 2866 3444
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-midnight.
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