I was in Las Vegas last weekend (sorry for no new post last Friday) and there were a few spots I wanted to check out. I’m a Gordon Ramsay fanboy so his BurGR (Planet Hollywood) and Steak (The Paris) restaurants were at the top of my list. While the latter didn’t pan out (asking people to drop $100+ each on a meal isn’t easy), the former did. Thank God for Norman and Pam on this one. Otherwise I think I’d have been eating sad faced solo for this review.
We stopped in on a Friday night and the place was rammed. We saw a huge line up but weren’t sure what to make of it. The lovely hostess informed me there would be an hour and a half wait. I haven’t heard those words in a long time in terms of getting a seat at a restaurant and initially balked. However, as you can see, they offered a texting service for when your table was ready. EVERY RESTAURANT NEEDS TO DO THIS! I don’t want a buzzer that had a range of 10 feet. Send me a text. My face is buried in my phone anyway. The three of us hit another bar for drinks, my phone went off an hour later and we were set. No excess waiting around.
Roasted Jalapeno Poppers – $12
I wasn’t sure what to make of $12 Jalapeno Poppers. You typically have this idea in your mind of a slice of Jalapeno, dumped in low grade Cream Cheese and fried in some generic batter. These were anything but that. First of all, each of these Poppers was a BEAST! It’s not just what’s atop the Cheddar Ranch dipping sauce. They’re submerged in the shot glasses. The Jalapenos were covered in Bacon and Cheddar Cheese, battered, coated and fried. Apologies for not taking an interior photo. Every bite had a great crunch before bursting with the Pepper/Cheese/Bacon combination. These have ruined me from all other Jalapeno Poppers.
Hell’s Kitchen Burger – $14
Pam ordered this one. It’s essentially their Spicy Burger, though the elements seemed strange. With the exception of roasted Jalapenos, there wasn’t anything “spicy” about it. I’m surprised there wasn’t anything like Horseradish Sauce or a spiced Mayo thrown into the mix. The Peppers were even cooled by Avocado. Pam noted it was a little too thick for her liking. Props for using Asadero Cheese. Usually you’d find that in Quesadillas or Burritos down south. If anything I’d call this a Mexican Burger before “Hell’s Kitchen.” While the toppings were fine, the patty was spot on. The burgers are grilled a lightly seasoned, perfect Medium Rare. The bun was well toasted (maybe a hair too much) and brought it all together. Pam enjoyed it but it wouldn’t be her first choice on a second go around.
Just Fries – $8
I believe “UGH” applies here. For a place with such exceptional food, it’s shocking how piss poor these Fries were. The temperature was lukewarm at best. There was no sense of crispness. The potatoes themselves were limp. The only saving grace was the Curry & Chipotle Ketchup respectively. A little research from other reviews shared my sentiment so it’s not like we just got a bad batch. Gordon Ramsay BurGR simply sells AWFUL Fries. I think it’s made all the worse knowing these terrible Fries are $8. Do NOT order these.
Farm Burger – $15
I used to be adamantly against Yolk. I still won’t eat a runny Egg with my breakfast. However, I’ve come to appreciate the elevation it brings to other dishes. Case in point, the Farm Burger. I mulled it over for days after eating this, but right now I’d call this the best Burger I’ve ever eaten. If you know me or have been reading this blog, you know I eat A LOT of Burgers and have a wide variety to compare it to. Everything just came together so well. The patty was spot on. The Duck Breast Bacon (I didn’t even know that was a thing) was flavourful and crispy. You really got a strong sense of Bacon in every bite. The English Sharp Cheddar was nice though it didn’t bring that knockout punch I expect from sharp Cheddar. The Egg was the key though. My God why haven’t I been eating Eggs on every Burger since the beginning of my life? The whites were firm and the Yolk was just consistent enough that it didn’t explode all over the place. I was over the moon with this Burger and it likely showed on my face. I gave serious consideration to ordering another one but was too blown up. A sharper sense of Cheddar and this would have been perfect as opposed to you know… my favourite.
If you’re looking for a damn good Burger, then Gordon Ramsay BurGR is your spot. Fries aside (again DON’T ORDER THEM!) everything else lived up to the standard I was expecting. I didn’t get a photo of Norman‘s burger but he ordered it with NOTHING on it to get a true sense of the cook and he said it was the best grilled Burger he’d ever had as well. It’s not a cheap night out (our bill after a beer each was just over $100 for 3 people) but at no point do I feel I didn’t get value on my meal. I’d go back and order those Poppers + Farm Burger every day until I fell into a coma. Highly recommended.