A hidden restaurant and bar for cocktails and burgers near Star Street!
If you’ve been in Hong Kong for a while, you may have already heard of Ted’s Lookout, a secret den tucked away around the corner from Star Street. This hidden spot has been grown to be a regular local hangout for Wan Chai residents, and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a bite to eat and a drink after work. Sadly it’s been closed for a couple of months due to its license expiring and the opening of its sister restaurant, Djiboutii (a Sassy favourite!); but Ted’s Lookout is now back and better than ever, with a brand new burger menu to boot!
Set at the end of Moon Street, Ted’s Lookout boasts a cool concrete exterior with vintage-esque industrial decor. The hanging lamps, graffiti wall-art and little details make this a hipster hangout that still manages to retain a laid back feel, especially with the addition of a small, outdoor seating area.
Along with a selection of beers, wines and spirits, Ted’s Lookout has a good cocktail list which we couldn’t wait to try out on a Friday night.
One of our favourites was this cocktail, which reminded us of Tom Yum Soup as it had such fragrant, refreshing flavours and a deliciously spicy kick from the chilli.
To sate our appetites at the end of the day, we were treated to some tasty nibbles with our drinks. The new burger menu at Ted’s Lookout is based around a ‘Build-Your-Own’ concept, so you can literally pick and choose what you want. Stack up your beef ($120), grilled chicken ($100) or famous fish burger ($100) with a variety of additional ingredients for $15 each. Choose from different cheeses, caramelised onions, pineapple, bacon, avocado, mushrooms and more, and top it all off with your choice of homemade sauce and any additional nibbles (hello truffle fries!).
As we all had our own Friday night dinner plans, we opted to share a couple of signature bites between us. This included a juicy burger with a perfectly cooked beef patty – ideal if you’re craving a good, solid burger to accompany your pint (or cocktail in our case!). We also sampled some of the spicy, sticky chicken wings which were dangerously moreish with their crispy coating and sweet sauce.
The signature tacos were also on the menu for us, packed with a variety of different fillings. They went down almost too well and out of the selection, our favourite was probably the fish, although they all tasted delicious… think soft tortilla wrap and a range of textures from the crunchy lettuce, creamy guac’ and homemade sauces and salsas.
Ted’s Lookout know how to do fish, because the little battered bites of the stuff were also very tasty… the outside was crunchy and the fish was perfectly cooked and flaky, going well with the tartar sauce. A great snack with your drinks!
We also got to try the corn and were surprisingly blown away by the delectable charred morsels that were smothered in a slightly smoky, spicy cheese sauce. We only wish they’d been a bit bigger! P.S. These are hard to eat elegantly… tried and tested!
If you’re looking to escape the crowds of Wyndham Street on a Friday night, then we couldn’t think of anywhere more appropriate that Ted’s Lookout. It truly is tucked away and is a great place to come if you’re looking to avoid the usual frenetic watering holes, but still want to let you hair down and enjoy good food and good drinks. We loved the chilled out vibe at Ted’s Lookout and will definitely be going back for some post-work Sassy drinks and nibbles again soon… and maybe a cheeky burger or two!
Ted’s Lookout, G/F, Moonful Court, No. 17A, Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 5533 9369, www.facebook.com/pages/TEDs-Lookout