My Neighbourhood: Blue Supreme’s Ted Lai on Sheung Wan

First-time restaurateur Ted Lai has seemingly hit gold with with his new Sheung Wan venture Blue Supreme – golden ale, that is.

The gastropub is immediately recognisable in the early evening, amongst the closely packed Chinese antique shops of Upper Lascar Row that have shuttered for the day, thanks to its bright blue neon sign that reads ‘Live Beers.’

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This succinctly sums up the establishment’s main offering of Belgian live beers, which are packed with live yeast culture and allowed to continue fermenting in the bottle – you’d be hard-pressed to find another place in the city with such a complete collection of Belgian bottles, which Ted sources during regular trips to Europe.

 

Ted Lai

Accompanied by hearty American “bistronomy” cooked up by 25-year-old Chef Leonard Chung (who has stints at Eleven Madison Park and Bo Innovation under his belt), Blue Supreme fills a niche for a casual and yet supremely stylish neighbourhood eatery that is sure to do wonders for local bar, dining, and most importantly, yeast culture. We asked Ted for his picks for nearby neighbourhood gems that are doing the same for their respective fields.

Photo: Courtesy of Green Gingko Tea

Green Gingko Tea

Passionate tea brewers with the best cold-brewed teas in town. Sit down for their omakase if you have time to kill.

1 Tai Ping Shan St, Sheung Wan

Photo: @vv_gallerinaoffduty

Halfway Coffee 半路咖啡

Strong espresso and oatmeal milk makes the perfect piccolo. The cafe has great neighbourhood vibes with various tributes to local culture.

26 Upper Lascar Row, Sheung Wan
12 Tung Street , Sheung Wan

Photo: Courtesy of Okra

Okra

I love their sake selection that has the least amount of intervention and are packed with umami. Chef Max Levy’s playlist and eel rice are always on point.

G/F, 110 Queen's Rd West, Sai Ying Pun

Photo: Gavin Yeung

Yardbird

This is a fan favourite of mine – I love their meatballs and often go with a large group of friends for a sake drinking affair.

154-158 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan

Photo: Chris Lusher

MANA! Cafe

The meat-free, health-conscious option for me, in take-out lunches that don't come with plastic.

8 Tai On Terrace, Sheung Wan

Photo: @g189

Law Fu Kee 羅富記粥麵專家

This is the perfect quick lunch option. I enjoy their stirred noodles with steamed grass carp.

G/F, 50 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central

For more picks around town, check out our My Neighbourhood section. Plus, don’t forget to get a copy of our glamour-themed September issue, now on newsstands.