Asian inspired Burgers, along with some actual Chinese/Taiwanese treats in Old Town Pasadena.
Stuff is happening in Old Town, as a new building (along with a couple of renovations) are adding some new names and places to visit in this classic hangout area.
The chain actually stated in Las Vegas, and has come here to L.A.
Walking in, you’ll see a sunken level restaurant, with a bar to the back. I don’t know why, but it’s a little disorienting at first. The Hostess Stand is three steps away, but it took me a minute to get ahold of it. After that we were shown to our table and left to your good graces.
The menu was decently big, and in a way I normally don’t like, but still there were a number of selections, so I wasn’t about to get bored either. It was hard for the first time visitor (such as myself) to grab a hold of just what to order. I was leaning on my first thing rule, and looking at the quote-unquote Bachi Burger when the Spicy Miso caught my eye.
Like I said, its good to have choices.
The staff were all very friendly, helpful and energetic in the way new staffs are like to do be. I don’t think it was much of a coincidence that they were dressed in tight, tight grey T-Shirts (male and female), and that they all looked like the latest entrants to a Modeling Agency.
Like I minded.
No matter how…well…awesome…they looked, they knew that they were doing, and earned the 20% Tip you should be giving them. They understood that the Menu was a bit new, and did their best to guide their guests through it.
I think it’s going to do okay, despite the fact that it’s got major, major competition just down the street from Umami Pasadena. Everyone likes a good burger. I still lean more toward Umami but what they make a Bachi Burger isn’t back. And if it succeeds here, we’ll see how it does as it takes over the rest of Los Angeles.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, you should be having a Burger, but who am I to judge?
I ordered the Spicy Miso burger, which was good, though it had some structural integrity issues.
It’s just that it’s on a big, big bun, and the Spicy Miso sauce was actually (gasp and shock) decently spicy. Nothing’s that’s going to burn your tongue off, but enough to punch up the flavor.
The Burger was okay. Well, better than okay. Actually good. When I go back, I’d probably try the Bachi Burger instead, and build it to order.
The Pork Belly Bao that came first were…okay. Truth be told, this is more about me than it is them. My favorites are still to be found at Flying Pig, and…even though we’ve lost the brick and mortar establishment, my heart (and tongue) still ache for them.
What I got here was perfectly…and I mean perfectly prepared. The Pork looked fantastic and the accompanying ingredients were good. The Steamed Bread itself was a touch stale, not as most and soft as I’m used to. It’s a slight impediment, but nothing I was willing to throw my dish out for. In the end, the buns were…okay. I’m willing to chalk it up to first year jitters. I could easily see myself having them again, but it also makes me miss the stuff they had at the Flying Pig.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: This is a bit of new discovery for the people of Pasadena, who’ve had Umami Burger on Colorado for a couple of years now.
That’s just me warning you that at peak hours (at least at the time of publication) this place was way crowded. Even a late lunch was generating 15 minute waits. Now, that’s not bad if you think about it, but if you’re starvin’ like a Marvin, you probably need to know that going in.
PARKING: Consult our Old Pasadena Parking and Valet Map to get an idea of what’s going on out there, but even now, that map may be outdated, things are changing so fast. There is underground parking int he building where Bachi Burger is housed. It’s on Green Street around the corner and out of sight of the restaurant. (Keep in mind, Green is one way). The closest option is the Schoolhouse, right across the street from the restaurant. Get in an out in under 90 and your parking is free, but it is popular. After that you’ll be looking at the numerous mini lots all over town.
Man, it’s getting harder and harder to park in Pasadena as there’s more and more stuff to do.
Bachi Burger (Pasadena)
61 South Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Tel: (626) 219-6297