Less than 24 hours since I landed in Las Vegas and I already had two immaculate tasting menus. I could stop there, be an ignorant iphone touting tourist, and start going to McDonalds or buffets, or I could continue to indulge in the best of gluttony this city can offer. Legend has it that a $60 burger, topped with your usual truffles and foie gras (of course!) exists somewhere on The Strip. How could I resist?
The venue in question was the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay, opened by the famed chef Hubert Keller. The menu offered a build your own burger option, where you could customize everything from the patty to the toppings, including lobster and truffles. If you just wanted a burger RIGHT NOW, you could always pick from a selection of Chef’s Burgers. They were priced around $15 USD, with one particular exception: the Rossini burger for $60. We all know which one I picked.
Rossini. When it was bought over to my table, the fragrant truffles invaded my nose – I would just love to have one of these things hanging from my rear view mirror. I was a little bit let down by how simple it looked, it was simply the Australian Wagyu, foie gras, and truffles stacked together. It still looked amazing considering three of the most expensive ingredients you can find on any menus was featured on the same plate, but I’m concerned that this burger was too ingredient dependent.
One bite into the medium rare (!), ultra juicy, and tender Wagyu patty and all that criticisms were thrown out the window. The Wagyu was so tender that I could literally tear apart the beef like paper with my teeth like some wild animal, which I kind of was at that point. The generous portion of foie gras added a smooth, buttery dimension which contrasted well with the beef. The truffle added that fragrant component to the burger. The was all tied up with the brown truffle sauce which elevated this fast food classic to a fine dining signature dish. Other seasonings were also provided to satisfy the pickiest of burger connoisseurs.
Skinny Fries. Having burgers without fries is like having Chinese food without the bad service, so conveniently the sandwich came with fries. Unfortunately, the fries were dull and unexciting. It was lightly fried without a whole lot of seasoning, comparable to the frozen fries you could get at your local supermarket. This was really disappointing.
While the Rossini was probably one of the most premium burgers I’ve had, I just felt that the skill of the chef wasn’t reflected on the burger. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. I just felt it was somewhat one dimension and it was lacking something. I’m not sure what that was, but I was expecting more.