Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bachi Burger

John and I had one of the best burgers we've ever tasted yesterday at Bachi Burger. Tucked away in a little strip mall on the corner of Windmill and Bermuda, the place has sit down dining in a kind of inexpensive chic decor (it was 3 p.m. in the afternoon and there was quite a few people eating so that was a good sign). They are known for their Asian inspired burgers which we thought we'd indulge in at the recommendation of a friend. According to their website, bachi is an abbreviated term for the word “Hibachi” which refers to a method of Japanese style of grilling. The word bachi also means to treat others how you would like to be treated in return. Since we have been good kids, hopefully the food will be good to us.
First we tried the Bachi Pickles appetizer ($3) an assortment of pickled cucumbers, peppers, cauliflower, beets, cabbage with thin slices of Thai peppers, and garlic cloves (you would think the flavor would be overpowering but it had a smoky BBQ taste). Each item was distinct, all were delicious and definitely whet our appetite.

The next item was the Truffle Parmesan Fries ($4) which has parmesan reggiano, a drizzle of black truffle, sprinkle of chives, and sun dried tomato aioli for dipping. MAN they were good!! And one order is enough to share, which we did, in between sips of one of their specialty sodas, Apple Lychee ($3.50). We asked for a glass of plain soda to water it down in anticipation of the sweetness from the syrup because I'm not fond of sugary drinks. The soda was perfect for washing the savory fries down.

Finally, our main course of their specialty burgers arrived. John ordered the Ronin Burger ($8.50): caramelized onions, Japanese cole slaw, miso goma dressing, fried egg, and katsu BBQ on a sweet bread bun with yuzu citrus aioli on the side.The concept of a fried egg on a burger may be strange but it actually works; we couldn't really taste it and could have done without. The bun was similar to the Hawaiian sweet rolls and was the perfect amount of bread. This tasty burger reminded us of a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and has a little bite from the vinegar.

I had the Kiki's Burger ($8.50): sautéed shiitake and eryngi mushrooms, spring greens mix, caramelized bacon sweet onion marmalade, thick cut maple smoked bacon, and gruyere cheese on the same sweet bread bun with garlic chili aioli on the side. This burger was SO GOOD; it had a smoky, soy-sauce flavor and all the ingredients melded together perfectly. However it was slightly too greasy for me even though the patty was a leaner ground Angus beef. I understand that oiliness comes with the territory of having a juicy burger but with the additional fat from the bacon and cheese it was a bit unctous for a gourmet burger. Perhaps if they drained the bacon and patty before assembling the sandwich, it would be just right but still I highly recommend it. Just leave all guilt at the door and come ready to enjoy.

In the end we were well fed and very pleased with our lunch. For an appetizer, two specialty burgers and fries, and a drink, our bill came to about $30. We thought the price was fair and the service was good. We definitely will visit again. Next time I will try the Ban Mi Burger!!

After that we went home to rest. John had a great ride with friends on Mount Charleston where he took these photos. The route was purely uphill for miles and miles which I was not up to doing on top of not feeling too hot so I rode a short ride on my own to Jean and back.
Along the way I saw a guy on a bike without a helmet riding on the shoulder in the opposite direction against traffic--which was absolute stupidity because on a blind turn he could have collided with another bicycle rider riding on the correct side of the street. Fortunately I saw him coming towards me and got on to the car lane to avoid him on the shoulder. If he doesn't know any of the Nevada bicycle laws (a bicycle is a vehicle and belong to the road as cars do, therefore bicycle riders and automobile drivers follow the same rules and have the same rights), he should understand at minimum the simple laws of motion.

To make my point, the impact of hitting a slower vehicle going the same direction is by far less than the impact of crashing in to a vehicle going the opposite direction. Either way the car always wins against the bike...but you want to give yourself the best chance of survival. I just hope that guy made it home safely.

 Later in the evening, we got on our bikes and rode down the street in search of dessert at Coldstone Creamery. Then pedaled to grab a movie from Red Box called Fighter to watch. We had a wonderful Saturday.

1 comment:

JoeinVegas said...

Far from our house, but it sounds different, will have to try it. Thanks