Is It Any Good?

Asian inspired Burgers, in Sawtelle Japantown.

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I’ve been to Bachi Burger before, at their iteration in Pasadena. I liked it well enough. I’m still not sure how well it’s going to do against Umami Burger up the street, but still…

Now, I’ve visited the Bachi Burger in Sawtelle Japantown. Interestingly enough, they’ve also planted themselves near major, major competition near the Sawtelle location of Plan+Check. I’m not sure what the brains behind Bachi Burger are thinking, but…

But let’s review, shall we? How does Bachi Burger stand up overall? Let’s go back to my review from Pasadena for a moment.

Bachi Burger, the latest in a chain of Asian themed gourmet, chef-prepared, chef quality Burgers.

 

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.

Okay, so the sunken level thing doesn’t apply here in Sawtelle, but…I don’t know. This version of Bachi Burger felt a bit more…grown up than the one in Pasadena. It must be about the location, since both locations have bars.

I didn’t go with the Burger for this visit, and stuck to Izakaya selections for this visit. What I got hit the spot perfectly, and would be recommended heartily at all locations.

 

WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Normally with a word like “Burger” ensconced in the name of the restaurant, you should be getting a burger. Of course, I didn’t do that.

I went Izakaya this time. I got the Kurobuta Sausages, which were nicely cooked, with a dollop of whole grain mustard. Basically meat on a stick, but meat on a stick always makes me happy.

The Kurobuta Sausages at Bachi Burger in Sawtelle Japantown.

I didn’t go Beer this time around either. I went for a Pomegranate Ginger Soda which was really tasty, and really spicy. It comes in a big, big glass, rimmed with sugar. One of these should be enough.

The Pomegranate Ginger Soda at Bachi Burger in Sawtelle Japantown.

I got the Pork Belly Bao for a second time, and for a second time they were still just okay. They seemed tinier this go-round, but they were still perfectly prepared. The Pork looked fantastic and the accompanying ingredients were good. But l’ve discovered in my old age that I like Pork Belly with Pickled Onions, and wherever they’re not there, my heart aches just a little…

The Pork Belly Bao Buns at Bachi Burger in Sawtelle Japantown.

At the other location, I got 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. Overall, pretty good.

 

IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: For this location, nothing too surprising. The first visit to Pasadena prepped me a lot for what was to come, and how the restaurant operates. Middle of the day wasn’t super super crowded (they have a lot of outside seating) but it was at capacity.

Also, just to let you know as of this publication, the Bachi Burger website works…kinda. The site is there, but seems (at times) void of information.  It works, but the Menu links have been down for a good while now.

 

PARKING: Okay, here’s where there’s good news and bad news. Good news is that Bachi Burger has their own free, Valet powered lot which they share with another restaurant. The bad news is that it fills up super-super quick. I would not necessarily see this as an option for hanging out on Friday or Saturday night. Added to the fact that if you park there you’ll be restricted to visiting only Bachi Burger. You won’t be able to wander around Sawtelle Japantown and just hang out.

Bachi Burger in Sawtelle Japantown.

MAP DIRECTIONS:
Bachi Burger (Sawtelle Japantown)
2030 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Tel: (424) 832-3018

Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm