Remember my recent trip to Vegas? I got to pick the restaurant for my birthday dinner and after doing some research Yelping, I came across Bachi Burger. It sounded really good and the photos looked even better. And this L.A. girl loves a good burger so I had to try it. When in Rome Vegas, right?
We started with the pork belly steamed buns (description on website: melt in your mouth Duroc Pork Belly Bao Sandwiches, cilantro, scallions, radish, boiled Egg, chinese Black Vinaigrette, hoisin Sauce). It was just as good as it sounds.
Unfiltered sake and truffle parmesan fries
Kalbi Burger – Not to be mistaken with this Kalbi Burger. Same name, 2 different burgers. Bachi’s version has kimchi in it and it’s a bit more refined. Although I don’t eat kimchi, I had to try it – it was delicious. (website description: ground beef, pork, soy, garlic, ginger, chili paste, green onions, Ciabatta bun, kimchi, ko chu jang mayo)
The “Banh-Mi” Burger – This was AMAZING. This was one of the best burgers I’ve had. So many subtle and sophisticated flavors packed into one dish. (website description: ground Beef, pork, shrimp, pork pate, lemongrass, palm sugar with red oak lettuce, mint, cilantro, basil, curry aioli, crusty french bun, pickled vegetables, nam plah dipping sauce)
I’m of the opinion that the bun (or bread) is the most important component of a burger. A bad bun can ruin an otherwise good burger. Their bun was perfect.
Portuguese donuts with Vietnamese cinnamon and coffee gelato – simple and good.
If you’re in Vegas, give Bachi Burger a try. It’s about 10 min away from The Strip and in a nondescript shopping center. But don’t let the casual ambiance fool you – this is refined cooking. We had such a nice, quiet dinner away from the craziness of The Strip and it felt nice to step out of it for a bit. I can’t wait to go back and try their other burgers.
P.S. I have to thank the owner, Ehren, and the staff for being wonderfully accommodating. We arrived right before they were about to close and they were nice enough to let us in and keep the kitchen open a little longer (and this was on a Sunday night). They didn’t rush us at all and made sure we had a nice meal. Thank you for a great birthday dinner!
P.P.S. Ehren’s brother, Chef Lorin Watada who mans the Bachi kitchen, was the corporate chef of Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion restaurants for many years.