Bachi!

Bachi Burger
470 East Windmill Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89123-1838
(702) 242-2244
www.bachiburger.com

With all these glowing reviews, we finally hauled our bootays over to the other side of town to try it. Boy, were we satisfied!

So, what does Bachi burger mean? This is what I got off their website –
“For us there is a dual meaning. 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.” Interesting, so it’s based off of Japanese grilling, eh? Asian fusion… here we go!

Apple Lychee Soda – way too sweet for my taste. however, for those sweet drink lovers, this had plenty of lychee flavor.
Truffle Parmesan Fries – Didn’t care much for the sundried tomato aioli on the side, but these truffle fries are the best I’ve had outside of a gourmet restaurant. They stayed crispy and salty with just enough of the truffle parm aroma and taste.
Garlic Salt & Pepper French Fries – I didn’t enjoy this as much. I’ve had really bomb diggity salt & pepper flavor at other Asian restaurants on various other accompaniments. So in comparison,it could have used more flavor blast.
Kalbi Burger – This was great! The flavors of a kalbi short rib in a burger patty made it super flavorful and the patty was juicy. The kimchi inside gave it that extra tangy and spicy kick. The pickled cucumber panchan on the side was good.
The Crusty Crab – I enjoyed the crab cake inside, but I did not enjoy the mango chutney paired with it. That’s probably me just being biased because I generally don’t like salty + super sweet together.
The Lonely Bird – This was actually really enjoyable also. Chicken and Turkey usually scream “i’m-too-healthy-don’t-eat-me,” but the Herb Pesto sauce made it moist and flavorful.
BBQ Bachi Burger 5 oz American Wagyu – This was just a regular burger combination, but what made it stand out was the wonderful bbq flavor char and juicy burger patty. Bravo, Bachi burger. Bravo.
Vietnamese Coffee – I quote my friend, “nasty,” and she’s the queen of drinking Vietnamese coffee

Apple Lychee Soda by cravingsofafatgirl Truffle Parmesan Fries by cravingsofafatgirl Kalbi Burger by cravingsofafatgirl The Crusty Crab by cravingsofafatgirl

Conclusion: Fun, flavorful and juicy burgers with above average fries. Tip: If you can help it, go before lunch time rush because I can see how it can get to be a little touch and go with the service. We came right before the lunch time rush, so service was decent right up until the lunch time rush started and we were waiting forever for one Vietnamese coffee. 4/5 stars for less than satisfactory drinks.

09.12.2010 – We went back yesterday close to the brink of starvation ordered the Ronin burger, Kalbi burger and some truffle parm friezz. Okay, maybe not to the brink of starvation, but boy were we hungry and gobbled everything down in probably 5 minutes flat! My original fav was the Kalbi burger, but this time Ronin wins. Who can turn down the fried egg in it and zippy horseradish based sauce on the side. Delish! And, as usual, the parm friezzzz were bomb diggity and service was sketchy. Conclusion: Still a happy camper over the food. 4/5 beeps

Pho Village

Pho Village
6820 Spring Mountain Rd
Suite C-111
Las Vegas, NV 89146
(702) 696-1688

I also stopped in here Saturday after everyone seemed to be liking this place so much. They were raving about the cleanliness of the place. Agreed. They are also commenting on the great service, nice staff, and 10% off the check. Check, check and check! Freshness of ingredients. Great!

However, I would really have to disagree on the flavor of food.
1. Pho Tai – The KEY thing about pho is the soup, and it broth was not beefy at all. What’s pho without the beef flavor? Maybe that’s why the soup was so clear? No traces of essence of the beef bones inherent to a bombastic bowl of Pho. As for the noodles, they are the standard rice noodle. I’m not sure you can go wrong there, but they seemed to like to under cook it just a tad. Preference there, so all good to me. The slices of beef were sliced a little thicker as compared to pho kim long, pho so 1 and pho saigon 8. Again, I guess that part is all preference. Visually, It also looked different from the usual restaurant bowl of pho – it did not have finely chopped cilantro and green onions. Instead, it has long strips of green onion, so the soup lacked the fragrant smell combination of cilantro and beef.
2. Cha Gio (Egg rolls) – The egg rolls seemed to be deep fried in old oil as indicated by the overly brown egg roll skin. Also, I think the filling was missing a few ingredients that made it lack in texture and added another interesting one, taro. Is is the missing jicama? Lack of cloud ear fungus (yes, digusting sounding but usually part of egg roll filling) or vermicelli? and where’s the shrimp? Luckily, when wrapped with the fresh veggies and doused in plenty of nouc cham, it was edible.
3. Cafe Sua Da – Vietnamese iced coffee, my crack coffee. Usually can’t screw that up, and it was good.

Cafe Sua Da Cha Gio Pho Tai

Conclusion: I really really want to give this place a high number of stars because of the great service and clean environment, but I have to give it a low rating because of the low quality of the food. 1.5/5 beeps. I would like to give it another chance because I really liked the staff and service. Perhaps, this place is a like a Bamboo Bistro where you do NOT go for the pho but the other dishes?

UPDATE: Drove by noticed that it was CLOSED (early this year??? and replaced by Pho Saigon)

I’m a sucker for Product Branding

Lee’s Sandwiches
leesandwiches.com
8779 Valley Boulevard, Rosemead
(626) 291-2688

As much as I like to say I “hate” chains and their chain food. I’m a big fat hippo. I’m really a sucker for a lot of chain stuff like Olive Garden bread sticks and salad, McDonald’s Filet O’ Fish/ROUND Chicken McNuggets, Papa Johns thin crust pizza and buttery garlic sauce, Panda Express Orange Chicken, Claim Jumper’s Motherlode Cake, Morton’s/Fleming’s Molten Lava Cake… and the list goes on.

When it’s comes to fellow Asians/Asian Americans doing it right with product branding and promotion, I get a strange sense of pride like the company was my own family and they were doing everything so well, despite their product being a mild bastardization of the original homemade mom/pop cooking.

Lee’s Sandwich is one example. Walking into the Valley Blvd Lee’s Sandwich location made me swell with pride. 1. They have a simple logo that is all their own. 2. Fast and efficient service most of the time 3. They have great product branding and mass appeal of asian snacks like manjoo, vietnamese sandwiches, vietnamese pastries and vietnamese ice coffee/cafe sua da. No more fear of that you need to speak the language to get the right thing ordered.

I love Cafe Sua Da though it gets me so jazzed that I come crashing down to a neurotic lil’ girl. It’s crack coffeeeeeeee
Cafe Sua Da

Conclusion: Product branding is brilliant. I love it. Just wished the caliber of food would match up. The bread really beats my gums up. =(

Ngu Binh

Ngu Binh
14072 Magnolia St. No. 107,
Westminster, CA
(714) 903-6000

So, I’m going to skip on my own writing on this because LA Times Food section is more than sufficient for drool worthy imagery. Just read it and drool.
http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-find-20100318,0,3606581.story

Here’s what we enjoyed:
No. 15, banh it kep banh ram (steamed rice cake stuffed in fried rice cake)
No. 1, bun bo hue dac biet (house special beef noodle soup); No. 13, Banh Bot Loc + Beo + Nam (rice cakes with shrimp and chicharonne like bits)
#13 Banh Bot Loc + Beo + Nam (thick rice cakes with shrimp and pork) – I actually like this better than the Banh Uot because it’s got more to chew on. =)
No. 17, Banh Uot Tom Chay + Cha, banh uot tom chay (rice sheets wrapped around ground shrimp) and sliced vietnamese meat loaf
drink No. 1, cafe sua da (iced Vietnamese coffee).

menu #17 Banh Uot Tom Chay + Cha #15 Banh It Kep Banh Ram #15 Banh It Kep Banh Ram #1 Bun Bo Hue Dac Biet

Conclusion: mmm mmm…. Texturegasm for Texture whore’s chewy senses and love for anything vietnamese. Not for a non-lover of vietnamese food. 4/5 beeps.