Guangzhou Restaurant Review: Dragon Seafood Roll

By Ryan Gandolfo, July 1, 2019

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The Place

Tucked away within the labyrinth of small food joints that coexist on the basement floor of Tianhe’s Grandview Mall is Dragon Seafood Roll, a relatively new sandwich shop offering lobster rolls, cod sandwiches and, of course, bubble tea.

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The shop has an open layout with a long high-top table for solo patrons or couples to dine at. To accommodate four-person parties, Dragon Seafood Roll also has two small tables.

The Food

We stick to the basics and order their Boston lobster roll (RMB42), which comes packaged in a hot dog box (kind of authentic, if you ask us). The roll doesn’t disappoint, however, with garlicy lobster chunks packed inside a crisp, buttery bun. The portion of lobster in the sandwich is meager in comparison to what you’d find in Beantown, but come on, we’re surprised they even sell ’em.

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As far as lunches go, though, you can find a litany of nearby food options that will leave you satisfied for far less kuai. We wash the seafood sammie down with a cold cup of lemon passionfruit juice (RMB17), a particularly refreshing juice to take on-the-go for these hot summer days.

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You can also find salads on Dragon Seafood Roll’s menu, but there’s probably only one reason you’re coming here and it’s not for a salad.

The Vibe

The shop is pretty barren when we arrive just after the lunch rush, and it doesn’t seem like they draw the biggest crowds. There’s an empty claw machine in the back with the shop’s logo on the top, arguably just wasting space. A spray of bullets can be heard from the employees’ smartphones as they pass the time before another customer ventures inside. Aside from the novel Boston lobster rolls they offer, Dragon Seafood Roll is your run-of-the mill food joint in the sea of shops that make up Grandview Mall.

Price: RMB60
Who’s going
: hungry window shoppers, people who’ve never been to Boston
Good for
: garlic and butter-laden lobster rolls, not much else
Nearest metro
: Tianhe Sports Center (Exit B), 5 minutes’ walk

See listing for Dragon Seafood Roll.

[Cover image by Ryan Gandolfo/That’s]

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