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Bachi Burger

Well today,

Ruka and I woke up in Las Vegas, Nevada. When I asked her what kind of food we should seek out, her response was hamburger!  Of course, she likes her burgers.  So, we set out to find the best hamburger in Las Vegas.  And I believe we found the place, Bachi Burger.

 

Now at first sight, we were a little skeptical about the place because it is in a strip mall and there is nothing distinctive about the location or the building’s architecture, but open the door and you’ll find a comfortable casual modern room with a high unfinished ceiling and a concrete floor scattered with tables that are appropriately spaced so you feel like you’re dinning with your friend and not the people at the table next to you.

"To anyone who is not a chef, this is fusion confusion"

Just East of I-15 on East Windmill Lane, you’ll experience the burger of your dreams.  Chef/owner Lorin Watada and his brother opened Bachi Burger in April 2010. We had a chance to sit down with his, Corporate Chef of Operations, Kellan Kubo and asked a few questions. What we found out was, Lorin and Kellan are both from Hawaii.  Lorin, who worked at a burger place when he was fifteen, also worked with the famous chef Roy Yamaguchi.  Does he sound familiar? He should, he has restaurants throughout the United States called Roy’s.  Roy’s are known for their Pacific Rim Cuisine. Well, this may be two of Lorin’s inspirations for Bachi Burger.  Lorin and his staff combine the flavors from Japan, Vietnam, and China to create a truly amazing cuisine experience.

 

Lorin and Kellan say that this is not Asian fusion.  Lorin is quoted in a Las Vegas Weekly article in 2012 as saying, “So a fusion burger place, I don’t think of us that way. It’s a very unique kind of gourmet burger establishment” .  To anyone who is not a chef, this is fusion confusion.  Take the American burger add Asian flavors, techniques, vegetables and sauces and wah-la you get a gourmet burger with dual cultures.  Hmm, I think that’s fusion, awesome fusion, but putting hoisin on a burger is definitely not.

We ordered two burgers, the Black and Green Burger, which is Wagyu beef, sautéed mushrooms, spinach, roasted garlic, caramelized bacon and Point Reys blue cheese.  I really could eat one of these every day. You won’t believe the burst of Asian flavors combined with the tenderness of the beef, the freshness of the greens and the bun which had to have been baked that day.

 

Our other choice was the “Banh-Mi” Burger.  The chef combines, pork, angus beef, shrimp, pork pate`, fresh herbs, curry aioli, picked vegetables, and nuoc sauce served on a taro root bun.  This burger, as I like to say, “will make your sox roll up and down” and put a huge smile on your face.  We of course added a few sides, Truffle Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries, Crab & Artichoke Dip and the Organic Edamame Soybeans. All of which hit their note.

 

There’s more.

The Ronin Burger, Angus beef, sweet onion marmalade, Japanese cole slaw, miso goma dressing, fried egg, katsu bbq and yuzu citrus aioli.

 

The Shogun Burger, Wagyu beef & grilled unagi with pan seared foie gras, poached Asian pear, miso butter.

 

The Bison Burger, Premium ground bison, fig jam, grilled onions, bacon, brie cheese or your own 2 toppings with lettuce, tomato, and onion.

I could go on, because there are five other burgers on the menu, each unique in their own way. Of course, when you visit a restaurant it’s not just the food that completes your dining experience. The ambiance and the service that complements your food is what gives you a full impression of the restaurant. Our server was courteous, attentive, and personable and we were super pleased that Kellan could spend some time with us to tell us about Bachi Burger. But there’s even more. Connected next door to the location on East Windmill Lane is the chef’s other venue: Shoku. It is a little Ramen Bistro with a short menu with traditional Asian characteristics. Here they serve ramen, appetizers or small dishes that complement the Asian theme. We didn’t get a chance to try the ramen menu, but we are going back to check it out soon. After all, there a few more items to try, especially the Spicy Miso Burger and the oxtail chili cheese fries. Ruka and I headed home. The sun was going down and the only clouds in the sky were the contrails that had dispersed, yet not dissipated. With the sun behind them the sky was a brilliant orange like hot coals that were about to burst into flame. I looked at Ruka and said, what did you think? “Rough” she replied. I just laughed because she was being sarcastic. I knew she thought it was very smooth. Where will we be next….. Please log on to ChasingCuisine.com and follow my journey…. Enjoy life, drink responsibly. Brock Radke Las Vegas Weekly Mon, Sep 10, 2012 (3:53 p.m.)

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"To anyone who is not a chef, this is fusion confusion"
I could go on, because there are five other burgers on the menu, each unique in their own way. Of course, when you visit a restaurant it’s not just the food that completes your dining experience. The ambiance and the service that complements your food is what gives you a full impression of the restaurant. Our server was courteous, attentive, and personable and we were super pleased that Kellan could spend some time with us to tell us about Bachi Burger. But there’s even more. Connected next door to the location on East Windmill Lane is the chef’s other venue: Shoku. It is a little Ramen Bistro with a short menu with traditional Asian characteristics. Here they serve ramen, appetizers or small dishes that complement the Asian theme. We didn’t get a chance to try the ramen menu, but we are going back to check it out soon. After all, there a few more items to try, especially the Spicy Miso Burger and the oxtail chili cheese fries. Ruka and I headed home. The sun was going down and the only clouds in the sky were the contrails that had dispersed, yet not dissipated. With the sun behind them the sky was a brilliant orange like hot coals that were about to burst into flame. I looked at Ruka and said, what did you think? “Rough” she replied. I just laughed because she was being sarcastic. I knew she thought it was very smooth. Where will we be next….. Please log on to ChasingCuisine.com and follow my journey…. Enjoy life, drink responsibly. Brock Radke Las Vegas Weekly Mon, Sep 10, 2012 (3:53 p.m.)
"To anyone who is not a chef, this is fusion confusion"
I could go on, because there are five other burgers on the menu, each unique in their own way. Of course, when you visit a restaurant it’s not just the food that completes your dining experience. The ambiance and the service that complements your food is what gives you a full impression of the restaurant. Our server was courteous, attentive, and personable and we were super pleased that Kellan could spend some time with us to tell us about Bachi Burger. But there’s even more. Connected next door to the location on East Windmill Lane is the chef’s other venue: Shoku. It is a little Ramen Bistro with a short menu with traditional Asian characteristics. Here they serve ramen, appetizers or small dishes that complement the Asian theme. We didn’t get a chance to try the ramen menu, but we are going back to check it out soon. After all, there a few more items to try, especially the Spicy Miso Burger and the oxtail chili cheese fries. Ruka and I headed home. The sun was going down and the only clouds in the sky were the contrails that had dispersed, yet not dissipated. With the sun behind them the sky was a brilliant orange like hot coals that were about to burst into flame. I looked at Ruka and said, what did you think? “Rough” she replied. I just laughed because she was being sarcastic. I knew she thought it was very smooth. Where will we be next….. Please log on to ChasingCuisine.com and follow my journey…. Enjoy life, drink responsibly. Brock Radke Las Vegas Weekly Mon, Sep 10, 2012 (3:53 p.m.)
"To anyone who is not a chef, this is fusion confusion" I could go on, because there are five other burgers on the menu, each unique in their own way. Of course, when you visit a restaurant it’s not just the food that completes your dining experience. The ambiance and the service that complements your food is what gives you a full impression of the restaurant. Our server was courteous, attentive, and personable and we were super pleased that Kellan could spend some time with us to tell us about Bachi Burger. But there’s even more. Connected next door to the location on East Windmill Lane is the chef’s other venue: Shoku. It is a little Ramen Bistro with a short menu with traditional Asian characteristics. Here they serve ramen, appetizers or small dishes that complement the Asian theme. We didn’t get a chance to try the ramen menu, but we are going back to check it out soon. After all, there a few more items to try, especially the Spicy Miso Burger and the oxtail chili cheese fries. Ruka and I headed home. The sun was going down and the only clouds in the sky were the contrails that had dispersed, yet not dissipated. With the sun behind them the sky was a brilliant orange like hot coals that were about to burst into flame. I looked at Ruka and said, what did you think? “Rough” she replied. I just laughed because she was being sarcastic. I knew she thought it was very smooth. Where will we be next….. Please log on to ChasingCuisine.com and follow my journey…. Enjoy life, drink responsibly. Brock Radke Las Vegas Weekly Mon, Sep 10, 2012 (3:53 p.m.)
I could go on, because there are five other burgers on the menu, each unique in their own way. Of course, when you visit a restaurant it’s not just the food that completes your dining experience. The ambiance and the service that complements your food is what gives you a full impression of the restaurant. Our server was courteous, attentive, and personable and we were super pleased that Kellan could spend some time with us to tell us about Bachi Burger. But there’s even more. Connected next door to the location on East Windmill Lane is the chef’s other venue: Shoku. It is a little Ramen Bistro with a short menu with traditional Asian characteristics. Here they serve ramen, appetizers or small dishes that complement the Asian theme. We didn’t get a chance to try the ramen menu, but we are going back to check it out soon. After all, there a few more items to try, especially the Spicy Miso Burger and the oxtail chili cheese fries. Ruka and I headed home. The sun was going down and the only clouds in the sky were the contrails that had dispersed, yet not dissipated. With the sun behind them the sky was a brilliant orange like hot coals that were about to burst into flame. I looked at Ruka and said, what did you think? “Rough” she replied. I just laughed because she was being sarcastic. I knew she thought it was very smooth. Where will we be next….. Please log on to ChasingCuisine.com and follow my journey…. Enjoy life, drink responsibly. Brock Radke Las Vegas Weekly Mon, Sep 10, 2012 (3:53 p.m.)