Sergeant Lok Revives The Rocks’ Historic Police Station With A Modern Asian Dining Destination

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 7 February 2020

Take a seat at Sergeant Lok, the new modern Asian restaurant breathing new life into a building filled with historic charm.

Set in one of Sydney’s most historic neighbourhood, the long-forgotten police station in The Rocks has remained untouched for years. That is, until December 2019 when a new team of innovative culinary minds took up residency inside the space. Say hello to Sergeant Lok, the new modern Asian restaurant that has just launched in the Old Police Station building in The Rocks, bringing Sydney diners a taste of traditional Asian flavours with dishes that dare to do things a little differently.

Sergeant Lok The Rocks

Led by operations manager Edward Ng, the venue pushes the boundaries of traditional Asian cuisine with dishes inspired by the rich colonial history of Australia’s first Chinese settlers. At the helm of the kitchen is executive chef Kay Hwany (previously working in the kitchens of the likes of Bennelong and Bentley), curating a menu of eats that invite diners to dare to step outside their comfort zone. The restaurant’s A La Carte menu takes guests on a journey starting with smaller entrees such as Salt and gunpowder squid with squid ink and lime cheek ($19), Master stock pork ear terrine with potato crisps, chilli and lime jelly ($19) plus flavourful prawn and scallop cabbage wraps with Nuoc-cham and Thai basil oil ($22).

As for mains, expect everything from Vegan mapo-tofu with chilli, bean paste and shiitake ($32) to decadent plates of herb oil blanched Blue eye cod with chilli, ginger, gai-lan and cashews ($42). Feeling a bit more adventurous? Why not dig into a serve of live clams with egg noodles and XO sauce ($43).

Sergeant Lok The Rocks

For those looking for something a bit lighter, sample your way through Sergeant Lok’s bar snacks including Chinatown sausage rolls with smoked ketchup ($9), finger-licking ribs with Shaoxing glax ($16) and so much more. Speaking of the bar, this is the perfect spot to grab a well-made drink with a selection of heritage-inspired cocktails and wines on the menu. Start with the ‘Barnet 1882’ ($22), a mix dedicated to James Barnet, the colonial architect responsible for the design of the building, featuring Starward Two Fold, ginger, kaffir, lemon, a splash of Absinthe and mixed with Thai basil oil and egg. Make sure to try the ‘Nurses Spritz’ ($20, celebrating the hardworking nurses who once worked in The Rock’s hospital, featuring Kunizakari yuzu sake, Choya Umeshu and topped with sparkling. Plus, you’ll also find all your favourite classic cocktails on the drinks list.

Find Sergeant Lok at 127 George Street, The Rocks. Open Sun & Mon 11am-6pm, Tues-Thur 11am-10pm and Fri-Sat 11am-12am.