Las Vegas Weekly – April 2012

Bachi Burger Expands their Empire

Wise diners know it’s best to wait a few days or weeks to check out the restaurant that just opened in the neighborhood. Your excitement may lead to disappointment if the kitchen and front-of-house staff are still working out the bugs, and opening day may not be the best representation of the overall dining experience.
I broke those rules last week, but there was no disappointment to be had. I feasted on homemade pickles, decadent, sweet-and-savory oxtail chili cheese fries and the messy flavorbomb known as the Spicy Miso burger at the days-old Bachi Burger in Summerlin. Of course, expectations are a little higher for both restaurants, neighborhood favorites expanding into new territory.

Brothers Ehren and Lorin Watada opened the Asian fusion spot Bachi Burger in 2010 at 470 E. Windmill Lane. Even among the glut of gourmet burger joints, Bachi stood out for its creative flavors and quickly became one of the more innovative casual restaurants in Henderson. Among its most popular burgers are the Ronin—with Angus beef, caramelized onions, Japanese coleslaw, a fried egg and yuzu aioli—and the Banh Mi burger, with a patty of beef, pork and shrimp, pork pate, pickled vegetables and curry aioli. Non-burger dishes are good, too, like chili-fried chicken or bao-style steamed sandwiches with duck or pork belly.