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“great spot”

The Pawn by Tom Aikens
Ranked #247 of 9,115 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $39 - $78
Cuisines: Contemporary, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Wan Chai / Causeway Bay
Description: Housed in old "Tong Lau" style shophouses dating back to 1888 and serving as a staple of Wan Chai dining & nightlife for 6 great years, The Pawn prides itself in retaining heritage value in an eclectic setting. Always a place for a casual cocktail or comforting meal, 2014 sees The Pawn's evolution and relaunch in collaboration with celebrity chef Tom Aikens.
Reviewed March 17, 2013

I had passed this building many times in the tram. Its also opposite Wanchai MTR. Went for lunch. Very old building over 3 levels. Lounge level was quiet but decorared well with comfy sofas and chairs. Great venue in the evening. Dining room is on level 2. 3 or 4 areas with an outdoor balcony. Lunch menu is a choice of set 3 course or a la carte. I chose just a chicken risotto with slow cookeed egg plus salad. If all the food is like this then no one will go away unhappy. Its definitely an expats haven, but thats clear from the moment you get in there. Almost the last bastion. Great place. Good service and marvellous food.

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Thank HughDownie
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is a hip restaurant located in a old building. A very narrow and steep staircase leads you to upper floors. There is a lift too.

The restaurant is very original with different chairs. It must be very popular - book in advance.

If you want a heavy and tasty food go for Berkshire Pork Belly with Caramelized Granny Smith served with Duck Fat-Roasted Potatoes, Gravy, Cauliflower & Montgomery Cheddar Bake & Yorkshire Puddings. It is beautiful!

Service was partly good and partly indifferent.

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Thank TravelManiaxxx
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

I like sitting outside on the verandah overlooking the street to watch the bustle down below. This is a great place to take friends from other parts of Asia who cannot get good, hearty fare. I'm talking about excellent lamb and steak! The name is derived from the fact that the building was an old pawn shop, apparently, and its facade is distinctively colonial. good visual!

Thank Babzkk
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

We recently visited The Pawn for a friends birthday. We went as a fairly large group (18-20). The rest of the restaurant was fairly empty and the reservation was made enough in advance there should have been plenty of staff prepared to serve our party. We had two tables as there was not enough room for all of us at one. We were at the restaurant upstairs with both tables were outside. The atmosphere was relaxed and romantic.

The drinks were unique and delicious but pricey. The menu was different and a little more expensive than we were expecting. I ordered a steak and my girlfriend ordered a soup with a side of "fresh local veg". After about an hour one of the tables in our group received their food. After they were completely finished (30 minutes later =1.5 hours after ordering) we finally received our food. My steak was very tasty, but cold (as was ALL of the tables food). My girlfriends soup was lukewarm at best and not tasty and most of her veg rotten!!

The service was AWFUL ( to be kind) and painfully slow. We left hungry and very disappointed. Had it not been for our friends birthday, we would have walked out.

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Thank Bryan C
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

Three stories old historic landmark. Balconies facing the Johnston Road Ding ding tramway kiddie corner from the Southorn Playground closed to WanChai MTR.

If you can overlook the Luard Road Refuse Collection Depot then it is an interesting place to spend a relaxed afternoon for drinks, food or quiet conversation, or even a romantic dinner at night. Dining fresco is a must, if seated indoor, it defeats the whole purpose.

Food-- there are definitely better pub food than here. Value, forget it. We have to help the owners pay some bills. The first floor is called the Living Room that's where we had our recent lunch. Upstairs is another restaurant. Passed by this historic building many times, finally felt the splurge.

Had beer battered fish and chips. The batter was nicely seasoned and not too greasy. The chips, well, was just good old thick cut fries. Nothing special.

The roast beef sandwich was a total disappointment and overpriced. Only one stingy piece of supermarket grade roast beef (even had a little sinew in it). Bland dressing, limp iceberg lettuce, couple pieces of McDonalds pickle. The only highlight was the caramelized onion. The multi grain thick slice of breads though were very good and fresh tasting.

Service was slow, there were only couple tables. Perhaps the waitress wants us to enjoy the street scene. Which we did, so I guess I shouldn't complain.

There are gas heat lamps on the balconies for chilly night time dining. Overall if you want a place to hang out with a unique balcony view and not the crowded Soho or Lan Kwai Fong bar scenes this is not a bad choice. But do plan on spending more..

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Thank IVegas
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