After hearing about it in rapid succession from several expat cronies, we knew that we needed to try Threedrops BaoBao’s Wagyu beef burgers. The burger shop is located in PoPark (the mall attached to Guangzhou East Railway Station). The funky space is reminiscent of something between a classic ’50s diner and a Stanley Kubrick movie set. In Foshan, there is also a Three Drops that operates as a Japanese and Western restaurant (click here for our review), but this version focuses almost exclusively on delicious, juicy hamburgers.
The menu has everything you expect from a craft burger joint. Angus and Wagyu beef, both from Australia, as well as battered fish and fried or grilled chicken make up the selection of sandwiches.
We decided to go with the black truffle mushroom Wagyu burger (RMB71 with a large fries and coke). As suckers for truffle, we were impressed with the pungent potency of the black truffle puree mixed into a mayo-style sauce that tops this burger.
As the meat is obviously the main selling point, we watched in admiration as the cook started the patty on the flattop griddle then finished it on a grill under the broiler, lastly checking the internal temperature with a thermometer — serious business. The patty itself is a mere 120 grams, notably smaller than other burgers we’ve come across in the area. A double Wagyu combo will run you RMB91.
Regardless of size, it was a tasty burger, although the bun could have been softer and we were hoping for more of a ‘wow’ factor from the fancy meat variety. I would be surprised if a Wagyu beef connoisseur could really pick it out in a blindfolded taste-test.
On the other hand, vegetarians will be pleasantly surprised by the veggie burger option: two whole portobello mushrooms with a slice of tomato and smushed avocado (RMB46 excluding fries and a drink).
The place, although limited in seating capacity, is pretty hype as there will surely be lots of selfies taken in the psychedelic space. Where other burger spots in the neighborhood have opted for a boutique selection of craft beer that sometimes cost more than the burgers, Threedrops Baobao is a Corona only hangout (great for those with gluten allergies).
Since the shop closes at 9pm, they probably aren’t looking for people to hang out for long stints of beer drinking. For now, we recommend going on Wednesday for the two-for-one burger promotion.
Who’s going: Burger enthusiasts, Elvis impersonators
Good for: A mid-size meal before catching the train
Nearest metro: Guangzhou East Railway Station (Lines 1 and 3, Exit G)
Open daily 10.30am-9pm, see listing for Threedrops Bao Bao.
[Images via Joshua Cawthorpe for That’s]