Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Fleur, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Burger: Fleur Burger - Wagyu beef, brioche bun, pomme frites with added foie gras and black truffle
Price: $65 - $35 without the foie gras and black truffle

Location: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Website: http://www.mandalaybay.com/dining/fleur

Before my addiction to burgers was apparent, I had heard of the worlds most expensive burger, the 'fleur burger 5000'. On closer inspection of this burger on the menu you are actually paying $4,935 for an accompanying bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus which this time I decided against!

The real decision for me was whether to add the foie gras and black truffle.  At $65/£43 by far the most I would ever have spent on a burger; I went for it. 

The plate arrives with an absolute beast of a burger, a mound of wagyu beef resting on an enormous seeded bun.  The pomme frites are in a mini fryer and there is a jug of a truffle infused sauce. Let the eating commence.

MEAT - Perfectly cooked and so tender. This is the 2nd time I've had wagyu beef and the texture difference really is noticeable, it seems to eradicate the need for chewing and just melts in your mouth. The flavour was so intense, I would happily eat this patty on its own. 

BUN - Huge! On first thought maybe too big but once the juices were flowing from the burger combined with the sauce it needed the doorstop bun. It was to begin with a bit dry which wasn't a problem for the soaked drenched bottom but was on the top. In hindsight maybe I should have poured the sauce on the top as well to give it some more give and make a more manageable bite.

TOPPINGS - The foie gras gave a really deep rich flavour which complimented the beef superbly. The black truffles however were lost to the beef and foie gras I felt.

SIDES – The pomme frites were a little under cooked & sprinkled with too much salt which I found frustrating as they were presented so well & looked so tasty. I tasted the garlic frites from another order on our table and these were amazing! Bursting with a crisp garlic flavour & a huge portion, between the 4 of us we destroyed them.

MBA got the sliders which I was able to sample too - they may have been small but were bursting with flavour.

As for the burger, I was surprised not to see any salad and even more so that there was no cheese. Maybe this would take away or not go with the foie gras and the truffle, I do not know but doesn't cheese make everything better, or is that bacon, which could have also been added :)

It is a classy yet relaxed restaurant which if you're in Vegas you should definitely visit. Now should you have the burger? Well for the price I was expecting more, I was expecting perfection and with the slightly too big bun and the hard frites perfection was missed. Get the sliders and garlic fries at $20 much better value for money, although saying you tried one of the worlds most expensive burgers is kinda cool, and necessary if you wrote a blog.

Overall Rating 8/10

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