I posted last week that I would review both BurGR by Gordon Ramsay and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. As I was writing this post I realized that to be fair to both establishments I needed to separate the restaurants. I am going to assess BurGR this week and the Pub & Grill next week. I know this will be two restaurant reviews on top of my review of both Tom Colicchio and Gordon Ramsay last week, but I promise I will get some more recipes out for you all in the coming weeks.
In Las Vegas, John and I try to make it a policy to eat in restaurants we have never patronized. The only exception to this rule is CraftSteak Las Vegas and Gordon Ramsay Steak (which opened last May). We both love these high-end steakhouses with one slightly edging over for me and vice-versa for John. Both are on the top of their game when it comes to service, staff, and overall food. It is high-end, and as such you expect excellence which in my opinion they both carve out for their patrons.
However, this time around we made ourselves not visit our beloved steakhouses to make sure we gave adequate room to visit other places. And we did!
Now on to my review of BurGR by Gordon Ramsay.
It was almost 11:00 a.m. when John and I walked to BurGR. There was already a line of waiting, anticipating a great burger clientele. Everyone in this line was glancing in the direction of the staff as they prepared for the days guests.
At 11:00 a.m. people talked excitedly in line as we were slowly ushered in to an upscale sophisticated burger place. Our friendly hostess seated us in the middle of the room where we could watch all the happenings going on around us. Then the flames came on around the windows. It brought a nice charge to the room.
We looked over our menu and placed our drink order. John ordered ale and I ordered a soda. A nice young man brought John’s ale, which John thought was both flavorful and refreshing. Next to be placed on our table was the appetizer, but our server left before I could mention that I didn’t get my soda. I flagged down our waitress who quickly apologized and swiftly went to the back and came back with my beverage.
We ordered the Beer Battered Maui Onion Rings. The onion rings were the best we ever had in a restaurant! Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and you could actually taste the ale which I found quite appealing. The onion rings came with two sauces; cheddar ranch dip and chipotle ketchup. We both devoured the cheddar ranch dip. In spite of myself (and I like to think it’s because I don’t like waste), I dipped in an onion ring to wipe out any leftover sauce. On the other hand, we could have done without the chipotle ketchup.
For our main meal we ordered:
- Truffle Parmesan Fries, which were very good. The fries had just the right amount of truffle oil as to have an earthy taste, but not overpowering. There was just the right amount sprinkling of the parmesan, which was melted over the hot fries.
- Hell’s Kitchen Burger, with roasted jalapeno’s and avocado. I have to say the burger itself was bland, dry, and didn’t pack a punch. No wow factor in the balance of ground meats and seasonings. What made it pass into an acceptable burger were the roasted jalapenos. I loved the topping but unfortunately you do not pay for toppings. You pay for the meat, which was just o.k. John had half of my burger and said, “So there is no salt and pepper on the table. Too bad”. John knew most upscale eateries do not have salt and pepper shakers on the table, but again the burger needed it.
- Fish & Crisp Sandwich for me was good. John let me take a few bites of his sandwich and I’m glad he did, but I thought the fish was maybe above average and the tartar sauce was ok. The seasoning wasn’t there but maybe it was because the chefs thought the salt and vinegar crisps would do the job. The staff was right about one thing; the salt and vinegar crisps were good. Pressing John to give his thoughts on the sandwich, he said it probably would rank up there as one of the best fish sandwiches he’s ever eaten. With different palates come different reviews. On all the other items we sampled we were pretty much in agreement.
BurGR is relatively new opening, only this past December. As with all new restaurants it takes a while to work out the kinks. I think BurGR is on the entrance of the freeway, waiting to zoom ahead of its competition. Only time will tell if I’m right.