What happens in Las Vegas normally stays in Las Vegas, but not when it comes to the Strip’s Fuku Burger food truck.
fusion burger truck, which achieved cult status in just one year thanks to its
incredible Twitter skills, opened its first brick-and-mortar effort in October in LA. Restaurateur
Harry Morton (of Viper
Room and Pink Taco fame) convinced
Fuku founders Colin Fukunaga and chef Robert “Mags” Magsalin to bring their
playful Sin City vibe -- Fuku bombs and all -- to Hollywood’s food scene.
In a gutsy move, the
Japanese-influenced restaurant put down roots just steps away from LA burger favourites
The Bowery and Umami Burger on Cahuenga Boulevard. The menu, full of simple-named burgers
like Pig Burger, Mushroom Burger and Spicy Burger, has garnered praise from actor
Jim Carrey and the New York Times.
The most requested
sandwich is the Tamago “egg burger”, made with a free-range, grass-fed, Angus
beef Fuku patty, Furikake (a Japanese seasoning), teriyaki and wasabi mayo, topped
with crispy onion strings and a fried egg. For late night bar hoppers, the
restaurant offers plenty of guilty pleasure snacks such as Jazz Fries -- garlic
fries topped with gravy and crack sauce (a sweet Thai chili and mayo mixture)
-- and the Naga Dog, a deep-fried hot dog served with eel sauce and wasabi mayo.
fast food can be washed down with the restaurant’s selection of wine, beer or Fuku
Bombs, where a shot glass of sake is balanced over a pint of beer with two
chopsticks. The drinker then slams their fists down on either side of the glass
to jolt the sake into the beer.
The dimly lit 60-seat
restaurant, which was designed by DJ/fashion designer Kelly Cole, echoes the food truck’s street scene, with a Japanese
graffiti mural painted across the restaurant’s brick wall and communal picnic
benches. Tucked in between bars The
Room and Beauty Bar,
Fuku serves as the perfect stopping-off point during a
night out in Hollywood.
Caroline Pardilla is the Los Angeles Localite
for BBC Travel. She also writes Carolineoncrack.com.