Not but two years ago, Blue Frog really disappointed me. They had followed the sad, descending spiral down into a pit of mediocrity and clearly sub-par ingredients. The once-famous burger staple of the city had become just one of many food classics which was now catering to customers who only cared about decoration, not the actual food.
This year, Blue Frog has roared back into food consciousness with massive improvements.
I write this review not knowing anyone that owns or works for Blue Frog.
But I want to meet the men and women responsible for concepting, designing, commissioning and serving their new Gourmet Burger.
Tasty Australian beef, two kinds of sauce, high-quality ham, pickles, avocado, lettuce tomato and rocket, in a ciabatta.
I think of their burger at least three times a week, minimum.
Their kids menu has become a treaty trove of at least 20 different options. I usually get my kids the beef burgers and fish strips, or spaghetti. Empty plates every time.
I gave the food 5 stars because it is exactly what you want for the price, in a Western style chain which is suitable for all ages.
I gave the service 5 stars because they are nice, and they smile, and they do their job. Nina served us on Xingeng Rd with a smile.
Value is 5 stars because the kids meals are around 50 RMB, down to a reasonable 30 RMB. The Gourmet Burger, my bovine muse, is 108 RMB.
Again, I don't have any vested interest in Blue Frog. I heard of the man that started it those years ago, but I don't know who owns the restaurants now.
What I do know is that the place was buzzing on Sunday evening, and their music selection, volume and everything made for a really feel-good atmosphere.
I am going to think about the Gourmet Burger for another 7 days and then devour another one, watching as the destroyed mess tells me once again that I have achieved food happiness.
What happened to the grumpy pig?? last time we came for brunch the place was bustling and the food was delicious. today there was only one occupied table other than our own, and yet we still waited a while for food. When it came all the dishes came at different times, and 2 people at the table had already finished before I even received my food - a variation on eggs benedict that should have been very quick to prepare. food in general was underwhelming at best when it arrived, and none of our party cleared their plates. don't think we will be back unless there's a big change!
One of the worst hotels I have stayed in here in Shanghai.
The staff are poorly trained in English, don't know how to handle baggage and respond extremely slowly to any and all requests. The extra pillow requested took nearly 30 minutes to come and was fairly dirty when it finally bothered to show up. Given the time it took to get the first one, and given the lateness of the hour, I thought it better to just not bother asking for another. I really enjoyed the hour or so of sleep that I got that night. I really felt like staying another night so I could sleep even less.
You would be better off paying more for a better hotel with higher standards of service and cleanliness - heck, I'd recommend the Westin or even one of the godawful Marriott hotels over this place.
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