VegasEats: Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood
We weren't even hungry when we arrived at Gordon Ramsay BurGR inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, however duty called and tasked us with completing Gordon Ramsay's Las Vegas Trifecta. We found Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas to be thoroughly divine, while Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace left a lot to be desired. In the bumper match, will Gordon Ramsay BurGR redeem the brand, or prove that the megachef is should get out of the kitchen and stick to reality cooking competitions.
We arrived at Gordon Ramsay BurGR to find restaurant bursting at the seams with a boisterous hungry lunch crowd. The hostess took our names, told us the wait would be about 30 minutes and handed us the pager, allowing Miss Monkay to get involved in a nearby Top Dollar machine as I slurped a ginormous can of Strawberita and smirked at a string of adjectives prancing before my eyes.
BZZZ. Lunch time.
The hostess led us through a sea of tables, hopscotching between hustling wait staff wrapped in skin tight, aerodynamic uniforms which increase productivity by 0.00035% per kiloyard, resulting in burger deliveries 11 degrees warmer. Strawberita!
The decor of the joint is a 1960's retrofuturist vision of a cafeteria. Much like Gordon Ramsay Steak, it screams 1968, but has enough modern touches to keep it from feeling like the set of Sleeper. Walls are adorned with hellfire emblazoned with the face of Chef Ramsay. They're really working the Hell's Kitchen TV show angle.
Our waitress arrived with an iPad containing the drink menu. I ordered a Magic Hat #9 beer, whose menu description stated that this beer defied description. Ok, I'll bite, and I'll describe it for you... a citrusy hefeweisen with a hoppy pale ale finish.
We ordered our food. As with Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, it took an eternity to arrive.
Miss Monkay got the Britannia Burger - beef burger with English sharp cheddar, mango chutney and arugula.
Slicing the burger open reveals an uneven array of arugula which would make Ace Rothstein make a trip to the kitchen. The burger was sweet from the Mango chutney, gooey with cheese and some of the crunch and bitterness of the arugula, however the burger itself was very very dry. The pinkish hue in the middle determines it wasn't over cooked, it is simply too lean of a mix when it was ground.
I ordered the Damnation Chicken Burger, topped with spicy mayo, blue cheese and a celery and carrot slaw.
Hearty, tangy and delicious. Perhaps the most interesting part of this burger is the way the chicken patty was ground. It had a flaky density with small airpockets inside holding flavor and lightness. This chicken burger is incredible.
We debated on ordering some 'Snacks' to go with our burgers. I had a hankering for Fury Chicken Wings (one 'r') and Miss Monkay wanted Beer Battered Maui Onion Rings. We compromised and got the Beer Battered Maui Onions Rings.
They came topped with scrapes of parmigiano-reggiano cheese and dippers of chipotle ketchup and cheddar ranch dip. Yummy, but not wow inducing.
For dessert we ordered Shake #4, a creme brulee pudding oreo shake. What the hell? A milkshake made out of creme brulee pudding and oreo cookies and cream? We had to try it.
Oh... ok. The top third is creme brulee pudding topped with seared sugar coating, an oreo cookie and some schfritz, with the bottom two thirds an oreo cookie milk shake. It was all incredible. There are four other shake flavors to choose from - caramel pudding + chocolate shake, coconut pudding + strawberry shake, butterscotch pudding + banana shake (I'm getting this one next time) and chocolate hazelnut pudding + coffee shake.
Gordon Ramsay BurGR is the final installment in Chef Ramsay's Vegas restaurant trilogy. It is the most accessible of all the three and will most likely be the first and only Gordon Ramsay restaurant most Hell's Kitchen watchers will eat at. As the entry point to the Gordon Ramsay empire, BurGR needs to be the best of all of the GR3, but it isn't quite there yet. High on funky style and branded to the hilt with images of flames and an irate TV chef, Gordon Ramsay BurGR will certainly satisfy the first time Ramsay diner, but may lose the expectations game set by all that television screaming.
Hope that clarifies things a little.
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