We return to Gordon Ramsay BurGR to see if our first visit was just an off day for the Vegas Strip restaurant.
Our Review of Gordon Ramsay BurGR’s Farm Burger
We return to Gordon Ramsay BurGR after a disappointing first visit to see how a second bite at the apple tastes. For this visit we ordered BurGR’s Farm Burger and paired it with the aptly named Gooey Fries. The Farm Burger comes topped with duck bacon and English cheddar cheese. The Gooey fries come topped with both cheddar and gouda, egg, and salami.
Tasting the Burger
The patty came done medium, though it was relatively juicy. The beef itself was unremarkable, not lacking in flavor, but not near the quality of many of BurGR’s competitors in Las Vegas. The lighty toasted bun was very dry and very flaky, and the dryness overwhelmed the patty to dominate the overall impression and mouth feel.
The egg that came on the burger was well cooked, without the runny yolk that we expected. This only amplified the dry mouth feel. The duck bacon was savory and salty, though it had a subtle flavor when the burger could have used something stronger. The cheese was moderately sharp – again a subtle flavor on a burger where nothing really stood out.
The Gooey Fries were incredible. The fries were thick and fluffy, and very lightly salted. The gooey fries lived up to their name with a creamy, runny cheese spread through out. The salami is a bit under cured, tasting more like ham than salami. It’s not bad, but it isn’t quite what we expected. The overall effect is like eating a messy plate from an amazing Easter brunch buffet. The fries are worth a trip by themselves.
As a rule, we don’t consider the service experience in our reviews at Burger Grades. We’re all about the food (and rationalizing our gluttony) and limit ourselves to that topic alone. However, BurGR’s service on this visit was so remarkably poor, we couldn’t in good conscience omit some mention of it.
When we visit restaurants, we often sit at the bar to avoid waiting for a table (especially in busy areas like Vegas) and did so on this visit to BurGR. Upon sitting at the bar, it was 40 minutes before a staff member spoke to us. They were busy, so we chalked an initial delay to the lunchtime traffic, but after 10-15 minutes we decided to see how long it would take to receive service. During the wait, we made eye contact with waitstaff multiple times, but at no point did they come over to us until nearly 3/4 of an hour had passed. Obviously, we could have spoken up, but it became truly fascinating to see just how long it would take before a staff member checked in on the customer sitting at the bar with no food or drink in front of them.
After 40 minutes, someone finally did and we ordered. It was then 30 minutes more before our food arrived. This ridiculous wait isn’t factored into our grades, but at the same time, we’d be remiss in not mentioning such atrociously bad service.
- BurGR’s Farmhouse burger is a somewhat disappointing burger than came across dry and bland when it easily could have been otherwise: B-.
- The gooey fries are exceptional, a meal unto themselves and a unique entry on the Vegas scene: A+.
- Overall BurGR confirmed the impressions from our first visit, which isn’t a good thing: B
- The burger and fries cost closer to $30 than $20, expensive, even for Vegas. The cost-adjusted grade is a B-