CLASSIC WAGYU BEEF BURGER
- Fried egg Sunny Side Up
- Cheddar cheese
- Smoked bacon
- Truffle mayonnaise
- Australian Wagyu beef patty
- Sesame seed bun
The quest continues, and so does the streak of Wagyu beef adorned burgers with Australian core in GZ’s, well… GZ.
As in ground zero, see? This week’s Guangzhou Grub took me to the The Canton Place, a circular beaut of a shopping mall in the heart of Zhujiang New Town filled with some of the finest, mostly Western establishments in Guangzhou proper. Tesla, Maserati and Ferrari car dealerships? Check. Fountains? Check. Astonishing display of lights at night? Check. Whether just for a stroll and innocent window shopping or some monetary liver damage and fine dining, The Canton Place is the place to run around in circles and hum and haw. Oh, and it just so happens to be where some of the best burgers in GZ are. Enter the 63 Steak & Burger!
It comes with a slightly upscale interior, a ginormous vessel in which numerous bottles of wine will try to temp you, and so will do the large glass “canisters” of Norwegian VOSS water and wine-of-the-day on every table. That, and the concerned “Would you like some sparkling water to start?” is very similar to the water entrapment from the Blue Butcher, so consider yourselves warned.
The Classic Wagyu Beef Burger (158 RMB) is the venue’s staple burger, followed by the souped up Beast Burger which is mostly more of the same but MORE, though the list of exquisite offerings is extensive and filled with toppings such as foie gras, nacho with chilli con carne, and a patty made from king prawns.. for the win.
If I had to describe this burger with a single word it would most definitely have to be mouth-watering. Starting with the first squeeze of the soft sesame seed bun and watching the juices of the succulent, medium well Wagyu beef patty flood the plate and then mix with the truffle mayonnaise is all the foreshadowing I needed to know that this would be a great burger. And a great burger it was. Yes, along with the various other Chinese burgers I’ve had, the Classic Wagyu Beef Burger was, well, classic. Toothpick, fried egg Sunny Side Up, vegetables on the bottom, and the promise of perfect, marbled beefy goodness? Check, check, check, aaaaaand check.
The egg here was (yet again) not the desired Over Easy goodness, but it was cooked less than all the other egg-adorned burgers I’ve had, and the key factor was how fluffy and tender the egg white was, and how seamlessly it blended with the thick truffle mayonnaise. So well, in fact, that the smoked bacon was lost in all of its eggcelence. SO well, in fact, that it was hard to tell where one began and endwd, and I couldn’t tell if the fallen white chunks on my plate were mayo or egg. I still can’t decide if the truffle flavor was too much or if it was just right, but along with the tender, melts-in-your-mouth Wagyu beef patty, the entire burger just came as one, and there was nothing, not even a single ingredient or bite that felt off, that was unbalanced or too much, or too little. It was just right. Rich, creamy cheddar cheese, crispy white onions, plenty of lettuce to add some crunch and keep it less messy, a smattering of mushrooms, and once again, the great egg and mayo combo so omnipresent in every bite all lead to what is currently the best burger I’ve had in GZ to date. All the praise this place seems to be getting is definitely well deserved, and if you are willing to spend the extra buck on an awesome burger you might as well just do it here.
The garden salad was simply various greens with plenty of dressing. Somewhat bitter, disappeared fast.
The only disappointing part of the meal were the fries, which were definitely dry and somewhat greasy. They WERE, however, served in the world’s cutest little fryer baskets, so if my review of the Classic Wagyu Beef Burger has piqued your interest and you find yourself ordering it, do make sure to have the first couple of bites over the fries! The Wagyu juices and the truffle mayonnaise will add another dimension to them and give them a slight Belgian spin, which is bound to make them awesome whether they are dry or not.
Additionally, 63 Steak & Burger has a food eating challenge revolving around the appropriately named The Challenger Burger! For just 30 RMB more than the Classic Wagyu Beef Burger, The Challenger Burger is fully decked out with a 500g (~1 pound!) beef patty, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, bell peppers, tomato, pickle, red onion, mayonnaise PLUS a larger garden salad and large, thick-cut steak fries, AND half a liter of Coke! If you finish this behemoth in 15 minutes the entire this is free, and you can only attempt this once a month. Plus, accomplishing this gets you a Polaroid photo on their door, which is just awesome. It definitely seems very, very doable and I promise to give this challenge a try very soon.
Until then, stay hungry my friends.
Wait, that doesn’t work as well as the Dos Equis guy’s sign off phrase.