Bachi Burger: Las Vegas
May 25, 2012 |
One day on my uneventful drive to culinary school (with all of my windows down), I became surrounded by an alluring smell of grilling burgers, mixed with a teriyaki-like essence, wafting out over the roadway as I passed by a small burger joint called Bachi Burger. Inconspicuously hidden in a small strip-mall in somewhat of a random part of town, it has to be one of the best burger restaurants I have ever been to. Alex and I decided to check it out when feigning for a “not-your-everyday-kind-of-burger” to help cure our hangovers. I remembered driving by Bachi Burger, and its heavenly smells, on my journey to and from school, so we decided to pull up their menu online to see what they had to offer… we had found the jackpot of hidden gems (Vegas pun not intended).
The burgers offered come with an Angus or Wagyu beef patty and an original combination of delectable toppings like (but definitely not limited to) Japanese cole slaw, caramelized bacon, enoki and eryngi mushrooms, fried egg, and a number of house-made aiolis. The appetizers and fries are also true culinary delights; we enjoyed the Truffle Parmesan Fries tremendously (fries topped with Parmigiano Reggiano, black truffle porcini cream, and sun-dried tomato aioli for dipping). Some of the other menu items include salads, sandwiches, and signature burgers. Their specialty burger options also include burgers without red meat like the Alaskan Cod, crab cake, and ground chicken/turkey burgers. The specialty burger I am looking forward to trying next is the Shogun Burger (Wagyu beef and Unagi, pan seared foie gras, poached Asian pear, miso butter, and Yamamomo peach). They also offer a varied beverage menu of specialty beers, ciders, Sakes, and house-made sodas.
The décor is contemporary with touches of Japanese artwork and foliage throughout. Mounted on the wall are two large-screen TV’s which were tuned to the Food Network Channel and the Cooking Channel, my two personal favorites. The staff were unbelievably attentive and extremely pleasant; they definitely have some of the best customer service I have ever seen. We happened to time our arrival just right as shortly after arriving, the restaurant started filling to the brim with patrons causing the start of a wait list — the comfy waiting area also became full causing some people to wait outside. So should you decide to check out this incredible food mecca, be prepared for a well-worth-it wait.
Later that day when checking out their fan page, I was thrilled to learn that they had recently been visited by Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives show (which will be airing late spring, 2012), which is like the “Midas touch” for restaurants, making their business boom even more than before the show came to visit.