I have the Look X-Track En-Rage pedals. They are solid and I have found the pedals are 1) easier to clip in and 2) give you a bit more power transfer and stability on it. The short answer is that they are great pedals and I’d highly recommend them.
As for going road vs mtb, I’d say give your purposes (and in light of my experiences as well), just go MTB rather than faff with road pedals. Road pedals are finicky and the cost of an exclusive shoe, specific pedals, and the downsides of being unable to walk anywhere out of the bike just aren’t worth it.
I say this after having started MTB then moved to road to be more “serious”. Went from SPD-SL to Speedplay to try and find something that worked. It never did work out and I kept regretting that I moved from MTB pedals. The Look en-rage pedals were bought after my 3rd time falling over due to being unable to get out of my speedplays even after doing everything possible to make them easier to deal with.
I do gush about the En-rage pedals because the platform on those is quite large and the power transfer feels pretty solid. Works with any mtb type shoes and, in a pinch, others since you now have a platform. (Edit: the platform is so large in fact, I honestly felt as though I could hammer down harder than I could with a speedplay or SPD-SL pedal. My feet are also quite large (size 12 USA) so it is quite noticeable how much extra platform you have)
Only other notable thing is that it does have a bit of height so you may need to raise your saddle a bit if using them.