blue frog started way back in 1999, when good western restaurants were hard to find even in a place like Shanghai. From that first location on Maoming Road, blue frog has now grown to a large company with 40 restaurants in China and plans to open 6 branches in Europe this year. In Hangzhou, there are now 2 locations at Kerry Center and Mix C mall.
The founder of blue frog, an American named Bob from Montana, had noticed that there really wasn’t any place to get a good burger in China. So while blue frog serves a range of American and Tex-Mex food like steaks, ribs, sandwiches, chicken wings, quesadillas, fajitas, nachos and pasta, their specialty was in burgers made with quality Australian beef.
As for the name blue frog, there’s a cute little story. Just when Bob was thinking about a name for his new restaurant, he encountered a foreign teenager in China who had lost his passport. Bob helped him buy a plane ticket to get back to his home country. The kid wanted to give Bob a present for his good deed and all the kid had on him was a blue frog toy.
blue frog excels in the little touches. Food is accompanied with generous pots of dipping sauces, Bloody Mary comes with a whole platoon of condiments (tabasco, Worcestershire, horse radish black pepper, salt) for you to customize to your liking, service is friendly and the staff has a high level of English.
There are 5 different burgers to choose from, starting with the classic Blue Frog (78RMB) to the Mile High (118RMB) – a mammoth sized double patty burger wrapped in bacon and topped with cheddar, spicy mayo and crispy onions. The Beef Sliders (4 for 88RMB) are very well dressed with cheddar cheese, pan-fried onions, BBQ sauce, pickles and guacamole. The Chicken Quesadilla (48RMB) was tasty and the Seafood Spaghetti (118RMB) had lots of fresh salmon, shrimp, mussels and scallops.
With 2 locations in the center and east of the city, you won’t have to travel too far to find a blue frog restaurant. They have some great deals for customers, such as Monday’s buy-1-get-1-free burger deal from 4pm till late and lunch deals from 58-78RM that includes a soup or salad, main course and soft drink or coffee.