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QAW Apr 30, 2010 01:41 PM

There is a self-imposed rule to visit any new place twice before making a post, but Bachi Burger (470 East Windmill) created such a favorable first impression that there is no hesitation. This is the inspiration of Lorin Watada, who served as a corporate chef for Roy’s before branching out. Bachi is short for “hibachi”, so the focus is on grilled burgers (Angus or American Wagyu), with a lot of Pacific Rim/Asian influences. But also some other interesting options, like Peking Duck, Short Rib and Pork Belly steamed buns; a variety of salads and appetizers; some really intriguing desserts (Macadamia Nut Toffee Cake with White Chocolate Yuzu Gelato, Port Wine Cherry Glazed Pop Tart, Mandarin Orange Cream Float, etc.); and a host of boba tea’s and milk shakes.

Because it was hard to narrow the focus a server’s recommendation of “Kiki’s Burger”, with sautéed shiitake & eryngii mushrooms, caramelized bacon, sweet onion marmalade and gruyere, on a Hawaiian sweet bun, was the call, and it worked – the ingredients were fresh and well-balanced, creating a lot of flavors and textures. On the side, sweet potato fries with kaffir lime sea salt, and a yuzu citrus aioli. Also well-executed (why do fries taste better when served from a cone?). From the creativeness of the menu, to the quality of the service, it appears as though a lot of thought has gone into this. Opening off the Strip in the 2010 Las Vegas economy is challenging, but they may have what it takes (note that the burger was $7.50 for five ounces, which is an extremely good value for that kind of quality).

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    arcosdesign RE: QAW May 1, 2010 02:08 PM

    Thanks for the review. This will effectively negate any calories burned at the Pilates + Yoga studio in the same complex. Oh, and R.I.P. Dunkin Donuts on Windmill. :(

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      kjs RE: QAW May 1, 2010 10:50 PM

      Stopped by tonight for dinner - definitely need to improve on the service, but the food ? It's a winner !! Can someone tell me why they opted for Windmill ?!?

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        jjo1953 RE: QAW May 4, 2010 09:32 AM

        I agree. Bachi Burger is the best new spin on the classic burger I've ever seen!

        Prices are fair and the food in endlessly inventive. Only down-side is that the restaurant is in an odd location. But if you wait long enough, it'll become a franchise and there'll be one in your neighborhood.

        Burger Bar is good but it's not in the same league of inventiveness as Bachi Burger.

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          Honeychan RE: jjo1953 May 21, 2010 01:02 AM

          So I hit up Bachi Burger on the way home from work tonite. They are open till 2am every night (yes!) and it's great to have another good dining choice in the neighborhood that's open quite late. (If any of you have been over to Sushi-Mon after midnight, that place is -packed- every night!)

          My server was Lance, and he was quite memorable. He was efficient and very friendly, but seemed a bit overwhelmed/nervous. Perhaps because I was a lone woman diner, he felt bad for me all by myself, and was chatty in a good way. Lance, take a deep breath hon..You've been open for all of 24 days, and once you get a bit more relaxed and confident, you will be a great server!

          The food was -wonderful-! I got the Kiki's burger, and it was really really tasty. I'm a onion and mushroom addict, and it was right up my alley. The meat was juicy and had good flavor. After eating it halfway gone, it dawned on me I should have asked if they can/would cook the meat medium, instead of well done. But, even with that, it was still delicious.

          I got the standard french fries with the pinapple-tomato ketchup. Nice and thin, crispy and hot, so I was a happy lady. That ketchup tho!!?? Put it on dirt and i'd eat that happily! SO addictive it was.

          They serve many types of boba, but I was thrilled to find they serve mughi-cha iced tea. I think this is the first place in Vegas that actually makes it, and perhaps that alone made me in such a good mood, it made the rest of my meal stellar.

          Go, go go if you are in the neighborhood. NOW! Before it's always packed and you can't even get a table.. I'm taking my hubby there this weekend.

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            Honeychan RE: Honeychan May 25, 2010 07:46 PM

            Took my hubby to Bachi Burger on Sunday. He ordered the standard burger, with bacon and cheese, and I got the pork belly bao sandwiches.

            Wow, I loved the almost creamy pork belly,in a tasty hoisin .sauce But the portion was -very- small, almost snack-sized to me. I was still hungry after finishing them, so I ordered their Portugese donuts (aka malasadas) which were hot, and with a cinnamon-sugar coating. Delicious!

            The #1 issue is I think on the chef-side of things. They take too long IMHO to get food out. I hope this changes as they get more efficient and familiar with their menu.

            The staff is still friendly and attentive, no issues with them at all.

            We went for lunch on Monday, and they were -PACKED-. This is a good sign!

        2. Honeychan RE: QAW May 8, 2010 08:31 PM

          Thanks for posting this! I'm live close to Batchi, and have been tempted to give it try. Kiki's burger sounds very very good, i'll definately give that one a try.

          Anyone try Match on Silverado Ranch yet?

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            westie RE: Honeychan May 9, 2010 03:26 AM

            I haven't tried Match yet, but I found a discount for you:

            http://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/qod.cfm

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              Dave Feldman RE: westie May 9, 2010 07:48 PM

              Westie,

              The link just goes to the generic "question of the day" page at LVA.

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                westie RE: Dave Feldman May 10, 2010 03:20 AM

                Oops, sorry. Here is the corrected link for a discounted gift certificate for Match:

                http://lasvegashalfoff.mediawebconnec...

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            inqydesu RE: QAW May 19, 2010 08:13 PM

            I saw this place being built and meant to get over before, but didn't manage it until now. The place was excellent.

            For starters we had the garlic and pepper edamame, which weren't half bad. A little spicy, and perhaps a bit oily for me.

            We ordered the Kiki's burger, as well as the steamed peking duck sandwich. For the kids, we ordered the grilled cheese. The grilled cheese was excellent. A good mixture of rich melty cheese with the crustiness of the panini.

            The burger was excellent as well, very well seasoned and perfectly cooked. It had a rich buttery bun, and the earthiness of the mushrooms played well off the bun and the marmalade. It was a very good size burger as well.

            The steamed bun with the peking duck was very good as well. The bread was delicate, but not falling apart. The duck was nicely fatty without being greasy and cooked very well. The peking duck sauce was good, and nicely traditional, especially when you combined with the egg and the salad greens. A little smaller on the portion size, but perfectly adequate.

            The fries were crispier than normal, but very good. We ordered the regular fries with the pineapple ketchup. It was a nice surprise as it looked like regular ketchup, but had a strong pineapple taste. Very nice and worked well.

            They had a nice selection of boba, and custom sodas, which we didn't try but will look at for next time.

            Total for our meal, including tip was under $40. For the quality, a very good value.

            I must quibble that our server was not excellent, and in addition to being somewhat standoffish, let the service lapse somewhat. It was like they didn't quite have everything down yet. i saw a few misdeliveries of orders as well. The other servers were friendly and helped out, and there were no major flaws. It may have been that they were just overly busy, as I understand that recent articles, as well as a visit by Rick Noonen, have boosted the profile of this restaurant.

            The owner was very friendly, and made for a great dinner. I especially liked his house made pickles.

            As we live within walking distance I will be back again sooner rather than later.

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              janetofreno RE: inqydesu Jun 2, 2010 11:39 PM

              Can you give me an idea what neighborhood this is in? I want to try it, but I've never even HEARD of Windmill st.....

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                Steve Green RE: janetofreno Jun 3, 2010 10:36 AM

                It's in the south. Blue Diamond becomes Windmill, east of Las Vegas Boulevard. Bachi is a couple of miles east of LVB on Windmill. It's a bit out of the way for me so I haven't gone yet, but I plan to.

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                  Honeychan RE: janetofreno Jun 4, 2010 05:59 PM

                  If you're driving on the I-15, soing south, exit Blue Diamond Rd, and make a left. At LVB, it then becomes Windmill. It's about 2 miles down the road, on the left-hand side, I believe the cross-street is Bermuda.

                  Totally worth the trip!

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                palmdoc1 RE: QAW Jun 7, 2010 11:23 AM

                I regret to say it, but I just don't understand the hype. While I too am reluctant to dismiss an eatery after only a few experiences, both my meals here(lunches 2 weeks apart) were mirror images of each other. Personally, I cannot overlook an overcooked burger(albeit well- seasoned), and based on 4 burgers' inspections at my table(ordered rare), and those seated near us, well-done with no pink seems to be the norm rather than the exception. This may be purely a function of the thin, five ounce patty size; nonetheless, the chefs need to figure it out. Also, I do not understand why the fries(truffle parm with a sauce I can only describe as cloying) are always brought out after the burgers, both times we were almost finished by the time they arrived. Additionally, my experiences, as well as those reflected here and on yelp, indicate some serious problems with the kitchen/staff. Both lunches were in excess of 75 minutes(for appetizer pickles, endamame, two burgers, fries and tea. Perhaps, if i lived close to Bachi, it wouldn't be that big of a deal. But we live in Summerlin and a 20 min drive for a decent burger/substandard service is not something I enjoy. It also may be that I had just heard too many glowing reviews to adequately temper my expectations.

                Having said the above, the concept is interesting, and, if the kinks can be worked out, I am sure it can be a success. IMHO, I simply caution those making a trek out specifically to try the place.

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                  Honeychan RE: palmdoc1 Jun 11, 2010 06:38 PM

                  I can see what you're saying. There -are- kinks to work out, and the #1 thing is the timing on the food. This is the kitchen's fault, not the servers. The first time I ate there, yes the wait was what you descibed. I've now eaten there 5 times, and the speed has gotten better each time. Last Friday night at 11:30pm, I was actually served in the fastest time, in less than 10 minutes from order placed, to on the table, AND the fries were delivered together with the burger.

                  You felt the truffle fries cloying? Different strokes, I guess. My order was so good, and that would be the last word i'd use to decribe them. Rich, yes.

                  I'm with you, tho..I would never travel to Summerlin for what I felt was so-so food. I'd wait a good 6 months for the speed/kinks to be worked out. They ARE getting there, tho!

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                    kjs RE: Honeychan Jun 15, 2010 04:57 PM

                    I've eaten at Bachi 6 times now, twice over the last week - i've seen significant improvement in the service. the cute-sy hispanic chick is still clueless - she keeps wanting to take the plates before you finish, but the rest of the staff is getting it done. I still think they need a dedicated host/service manager but over all, i'm a fan !

                2. SteveTimko RE: QAW Jan 8, 2011 05:41 AM

                  I tried Bachi Burger at the recommendation of other Chowhounds and it was a great suggestion.
                  Bachi Burger is a great place for hamburgers. The flavors are tasty and distinctive.
                  The term gourmet hamburger is often over-used. I think anyone who aspires to make something better than a Big Mac will call it a gourmet burger. But the term really applies at Bachi Burger. It's first-rate ingredients prepared with great care, most with an Asian influence.
                  I got the pickle plate appetizer, the mushroom cheeseburger, the salt-and-pepper fries and a soda they make in-house with cherry and some sort of Japanese fruit.
                  As soon as the pickle plate comes you know the owner is a friend of foodies. There's little bites of six separate things, all quite interesting. My two favorites were the daikon radish and the garlic. But all were interesting.
                  The pepper in the salt-and0pepper fries are jalapenos. They're not too spicy. When the fries arrived they reminded me of a pepper-infused crab dish at Yummy Yummy in San Francisco. Interesting smells. And they tasted great. I got the pineapple ketchup o go with the fries but it didn't do much for me. The garlic aoili sauce was pretty good.
                  The burger was great. The black angus beef was first rate and perfectly seasoned and cooked. I loved all the different mushrooms they put on the burger. The gruyere cheese was tasty. And the bun was good, too.
                  Maybe the only disappointment was the soda. I was hoping for something with some zingy acidity to match the rich foods, but it was a little flat. I wished I had tried a lime soda instead.
                  Bachi Burger is quite distinctive and certainly worth the trip south of The Strip., It's about 1.6 miles east of Interstate 15 at the Blue Diamond Road exit.
                  Bachi Burger
                  470 E Windmill Ln
                  Las Vegas, NV 89123
                  (702) 242-2244

                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
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                    Dave Feldman RE: SteveTimko Jan 8, 2011 11:15 AM

                    When you click to enlarge the photo of the sandwich, it looks as big as the Caesars Palace sign. I still haven't been to Bachi, and hope to remedy this on my next trip.

                    Most of the early complaints about Bachi were about service, particularly slowness in getting food. Any problems for you?

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                      SteveTimko RE: Dave Feldman Jan 8, 2011 12:37 PM

                      I had excellent service, but I think I may have caught their attention when I pulled my camera out to take pictures of the soda and pickled items.
                      It's worth the trip. It's different and good.

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                        shamu613 RE: Dave Feldman Jan 9, 2011 12:20 PM

                        My buddy and went for the first time yesterday, Saturday about 12:30PM. When we arrived there were only six tables filled. We we left, all but one were filled. Service was good. Two waitresses and one host/runner/busboy/fluffer.

                        Food delivery was speedy and perfectly cooked. I chose the Kalbi with kimchi, my friend went for the Kiki burger. Mine was good. His was fantastic. Tremendous flavors. We agreed he was the winner. We split Salt & Pepper fries and Sweet Potato fries. The garlic aoli with the S&P was great. The yuzu lime aoli did nothing to enhance the sweet potatoes.

                        We shared Creme Brulee for dessert. Something other than just sugar in the crust. Maybe a touch of cinnamon. Very nice. Wanted another pint of that.

                        $37 and change with tax. Average cost for Las Vegas bar food, but well above average in taste.

                         
                         
                         
                         
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                          Dave Feldman RE: shamu613 Jan 9, 2011 02:09 PM

                          If you get a fluffer for under $20 a person, it sounds like a good deal.

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                            shamu613 RE: Dave Feldman Jan 9, 2011 04:16 PM

                            Must have something to do with AVN in town.

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                            rednyellow RE: shamu613 Jan 9, 2011 02:57 PM

                            HI. How did the bun hold up? I hate it when a bun falls apart mid way thru eating a burger. The photos look like it might be a big, fluffy but weak bun. Thanks.

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                              shamu613 RE: rednyellow Jan 9, 2011 04:15 PM

                              We decided to share our burgers, so we cut each in half and swapped. With all the hacking they still looked perfect to the very last bite.

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                                QAW RE: shamu613 Jan 9, 2011 05:18 PM

                                The buns are well-thought out and a bit unique - sort of like a larger version of a King's Sweet Roll, a Hawaiian product. That little hint of sweetness plays particularly well with some of the spicy burger combinations.

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                                  rednyellow RE: shamu613 Jan 12, 2011 07:42 PM

                                  Good to know, thanks.

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                                shamu613 RE: shamu613 Mar 9, 2011 12:43 AM

                                Went back again today. 12:30PM, height of lunch rush. Great service. Seems they are hiring and training more servers. Trainee waitress was too cute for words.

                                I continue to explore the menu while my buddy sticks with his favorite, Kiki's Burger. I can't fault him. It is really good. Today I had the Spicy Miso Burger. Again, we slashed the burgers down the middle and shared. Oddly, they both shared common flavors though mine did have a bit of kick in the heat department. The Spicy Miso was the messiest burger I've ever had, necessitating a trip to the restroom for a shower.

                                The fries on this visit... Truffle Parmesan and Just Fries. Sun dried tomato aoli really good as was the Pineapple ketchup. No actual truffles on the fries. I suspect a drizzling of truffle oil. Not my favorite. The occasion wet spot was somewhat annoying.

                                Portuguese donuts w/ ice cream for dessert.

                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
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                                  shamu613 RE: shamu613 Mar 9, 2011 12:46 AM

                                  Forgot to mention the special of the day. Beyond my budget but some of you may find it a draw.

                                   
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                                    SteveTimko RE: shamu613 Mar 9, 2011 08:34 AM

                                    I don't want the unagi on that but otherwise it sounds good.

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                              susancinsf RE: SteveTimko Jan 22, 2011 06:50 AM

                              re the comment on the jalapenos not being spicy: I didn't think so either, and happily chewed on a pepper or two. So, Janet then picked one up and took a bite and turned a bit red, and she can hold her peppers. :-) So, they do vary and caution is probably a good idea for those who aren't fond of a lot of heat...

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                                SteveTimko RE: susancinsf Jan 22, 2011 08:43 AM

                                Not one of my peppers was hot. Maybe it was a fluke that a hot one got through.
                                If Janet can eat Indian food, she can tolerate hot food.

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                              Michelle RE: QAW Jan 9, 2011 09:10 PM

                              Hi,

                              I went to Bachi Burger the last time I was in Vegas, and I guess I'll have to be the dissenting opinion here, but we weren't impressed and will not be going back. The service was horrendous, I mean we were just about to walk out when they hadn't taken our order yet after approx. 40 minutes. The one thing I will say is that the fries were excellent. However, everything else was meh at best.

                              For what it's worth, we're not fans of the Burger Bar either - just don't get all the accolades. For what it was, it was very expensive and just OK in taste, nothing amazing. Now, for a good burger, we like Create Burger, that's our latest go-to place.

                              Just wanted to throw another opinion out there!

                              1. janetofreno RE: QAW Jan 18, 2011 09:24 PM

                                A few comments: We ate a late lunch here on MLK day, and had no problems at all with service...it was at an off time (around two or three) but the place was far from empty. Of course, we did mention that some of us had a plane to catch, so that might have speeded things up a bit. Regardless, I don't see any reason for the negative comments on service. The food was very good...I especially liked the edaname and the pickle plate.

                                Also, another thing no one has mentioned, maybe because its not between the airport and the strip, Bachi Burger is very close to the airport. It took about five minutes at the most to drop off my guests after we got up from the table (Bermuda goes straight to the airport access road). They are open late, so it would make a great spot for a casual meal after a late flight...or as we did, a pre-flight meal and beers....

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                                  Whisper RE: janetofreno Jan 18, 2011 10:17 PM

                                  I've been to Bachi Burger 4 times, including last week, and have never had poor service. Yes, the food takes a little longer than your average burger joint, but this is no average burger joint. I've tried 4 different burgers and all have been excellent, 3 different fries, all very good, a shake which was very good, and a couple of in-house made sodas which were excellent. No complaints here.

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                                    susancinsf RE: janetofreno Jan 22, 2011 06:43 AM

                                    Quick trip to Vegas to visit sister Janetofreno and get some sun. Have to echo her thoughts. I really liked Bachi Burger and would definitely return, whether on the way to or from the airport, or not. Indeed, I thought it was worth the twenty or so minute drive from Janet's house (though as she says, she then took us to the airport to fly home).

                                    Can't remember all the names, but I had the burger with Asian cole slaw and a fried egg (Ronan?). I was looking for the Asian version of a burger with 'the lot' I guess. My only ding was that I asked the server to be sure the yolk was soft and it wasn't; the egg was over medium. Janet thought perhaps she misunderstood me and got it backwards. However, the fact that the burger was cooked perfectly medium rare as requested (no small feat these days, it seems) more than made up for that, and overall the burger was excellent. Seemed like it was more meat than the 5 oz thin patty mentioned above. Hubby's was also medium rare, with plenty of pink, and he was quite happy. Janet's steamed buns with pork were satisfying, but I'd say the burgers are really the way to go here.

                                    the beer selection isn't large, but it is well thought out; the Rogue River Black Obi Soba ale disappeared in a hurry. All of us loved the pickle plate (even hubby, who is not fond of pickles, but I guess he makes an exception for pickled garlic :-)) and the salt and pepper fries were quite good also. I thought the sweet potato fries weren't quite as good, but they were certainly crisp and flavorful.

                                    Service was friendly and the pace was spot on. I also thought the prices were definitely reasonable given quantity and quality. Sure, you can get an expensive burger if you choose one of the options with high-end ingredients, but my burger was only $8 or so and would make a filling lunch. Bill for lunch/dinner (and keep in mind that prices are the same all day and night) with tax and before tip for three of us was $75, but hubby had one of the more expensive burgers, we drank plenty of beer and had several appetizers and two orders of fries along with the burgers. Our goal was to eat enough to satisfy for both a late lunch and an early dinner before getting on the plane for the long trip home (flight to OAK plus a two hour drive), and we succeeded, deliciously. Recommended.

                                  2. Steve Green RE: QAW Feb 4, 2011 11:26 AM

                                    Went with SO on a weekday recently (I had been there once before, solo) at around 2 PM. We shared a Kiki’s burger, a side of bacon, truffle parmesan fries, and malasadas. Beverages were tangerine soda and green tea. Only 2 tables were occupied when we arrived, yet our food took about 45 minutes to begin to arrive – the fries arrived first, then the burger, 10 minutes later. Although we ordered the burger done medium, it was more on the side of medium-well (barely visible pink in the middle), but was still excellent. In fact, SO, who prefers medium-well burgers, pronounced the Kiki’s burger the best burger she’d had in years. The fries were also great, even though they were the thin kind and we both prefer them thicker. I’m guessing they were twice-fried in the Belgian frites style. The tomato aioli that came with the fries was fine, and that truffle cream sauce that was sparingly drizzled over them was outstanding. Smoked bacon was very good. Housemade beverages were great as well.

                                    The one disappointment aside from the long wait for our food, was the malasadas (Portuguese donuts). Maybe they’re supposed to be like this, but they weren’t made from a sweet dough – more like a bland fried bread ball coated with cinnamon sugar. Most anything fresh out of the deepfryer is usually good—these were barely OK.

                                    Too bad after all this time the kitchen is still so slow. We’d go again, but in view of how long it took to get our food in a mostly empty restaurant, if the place looked even remotely busy we would skip it for another time. This means we won’t be making a special trip, as Bachi is quite far from where we live out in the NW valley.

                                    http://www.bachiburger.com

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                                      Steve Green RE: Steve Green Aug 8, 2011 10:05 PM

                                      Back to Bachi yesterday for a third visit. Food was great as usual, and this time, the service was quite quick -- burger & fries arrived together about 12 min. after ordering. Burger was cooked to a perfect medium.

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