Celebrity Chef, Hubert Keller, is offering up good all-American style burgers plus, at his Burger Bar in the Mandalay Bay. Made from good quality meats (you choose from Angus, hormone free, lamb, buffalo or Kobe) the burgers are large and offer a nice ratio of meat to bun, sadly not of the homemade variety. They’re juicy but not too messy, and come accompanied by your standard piece of lettuce, sliced red onion, and jarred pickle spear, with squeeze bottle ketchup and mustard at every table — other condiments are offered but cost extra.
Topping choices are plentiful and some provide a gourmet and expensive twist like foie gras or grilled lobster. Fries come skinny or fat, regular or sweet potato. The milkshakes, too, are loaded with choices: 8 chef’s concoctions or a build your own experience of ice creams, toppings, fruits, sauces and even liquor if you want. I found the Black & White Shake to be overly indulgent and much too sweet with it’s swirled chocolate sauce, chunks of cookie dough and gobs of chocolate whipped cream but with a shake on nearly every table, clearly people love them.
Burger Bar has something for everyone be they budget minded (you can easily eat a satisfying meal for under $20) or high-roller. Perfect for the Las Vegas crowd.
A note on service: I sat at the bar and somehow my order never made it to the kitchen. Another server at the bar noticed my long empty place setting before I even had to say anything. My burger then showed up in a flash and the manager comped my meal as he should have.
Bachi Burger, a little strip mall joint far off the Vegas strip, is doing something much different than your standard tourist fare and is well worth the $20 cab ride to what seems like the middle of nowhere. Asian Fusion burgers with toppings like fried egg, fish sauce, enoki mushrooms, kim chi, lemongrass aioli, and more . . . are artfully put together in mouth-watering combinations and are served up on freshly baked, wonderfully fluffy buns.
I can’t say enough about the burgers. They are staggeringly good. One bite and, “Oh my God!” were the first words out of each of our mouths. And it didn’t end there . . .
The menu offers up a host of surprises and we couldn’t resist starting out with the Peking Style Duck Steamed Bun sliders. Yum!
The fries — we tried two variations, sweet potato fries served with a yuzu citris dipping sauce and truffle parmesan fries accompanied by a fresh tasting sun dried tomato aioli — the fries were thin and perfectly crispy but those sauces, they were to die for!
As long as we were at it, we ordered a milkshake for dessert. They offer just 3 flavors: 1) Peanut Butter Chocolate 2) Red Velvet 3) Strawberry Guava. At the waitress’s recommendation we went for the Strawberry Guava. It was thick and creamy, fresh tasting and perfectly indulgent all at the same time. Mmmmm. Mmmmm.
And the winner is . . . without a doubt, by a mile, not even close . . .
Bachi Burger — 470 East Windmill Lane, Las Vegas