Blue Frog recently opened its long-awaited Sanlitun branch in the so-called “village” (third floor, near the Apple store). The Shanghai-based chain offers two decks but given the sultry afternoon TVG and I headed inside for lunch. This branch is fairly airy and comfortable, with a sports bar feel, several screens, and solid pub furniture.
I tried the “Santa Fe” grilled chicken sandwich (RMB75), which included juicy chicken, creamy mayo, and nicely cooked bacon. The side salsa served as a good condiment. The accompanying fries were a bit heavy and the ice tea is pricey (RMB30 / no refill). When I declined a second glass, the staff brought over ice water, which was a nice touch.
TVG like the seating and the screens, and that “the music was not obtrusive.”
Blue Frog is offering a limited menu for the time being, with three appetizers (including 10 wings for RMB30), three salads (starting from RMB65 for Frog Caeser salad), five burgers and sandwiches, and two desserts (cheese cake and brownies).
Thanks to PA for the photos. His take on Blue Frog: “A nice place, but pricey for basic food like burgers and sandwiches. Does the décor warrant the extra cost? Maybe, if you have just finished a hard day’s haggling in Ya Xiu, but why go past a dozen similar places just to eat there?”
Opening nearby will be Peppes Pizza and Herbal Café (both under construction). Element Fresh, which seats about 160 and has a nice deck facing east, is set to open September 1, said a manager. He added that there are plans to open three more Element Fresh branches in Beijing by year’s end. Element Fresh has a drinks outlet on the top floor of the Adidas building. See below for a list of venues.