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Umami Burger? Um, No


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Umami Burger? Um, No

Ernie | Apr 30, 2010 12:39 PM

So after reading all the hype about Umami Burger for the past few months, I finally got around to trying the La Brea location last night and it was not good at all

The tiny space is uncomfortable and loud which made for a stressful eating environment. Our party tried 3 different burgers, the SoCal, the Manly, and a Stilton burger. We also tried several sides including their signature thick fries, onion rings, and a truffle beet salad

Truffle beet salad arrived first which comprised of a few sliced, pale beets next to a small mound of arugula. There was a scoop of soft white cheese in the middle (ricotta?) and the salad was topped with sliced almonds and drizzled with creamy truffle dressing. Nothing had much flavor except for the overpowering truffle oil

Our burgers arrived first without the sides and was disappointed at the size of the burger on the plate. Mind you, I wasn't expecting a huge burger, but for the $10-12 average price of burgers here, these were on the small side. My burger was a "Manly" burger and the first thing I noticed was an oily sheen on the outside of the bun. The flavor was just OK but the grease level was overwhelming

Our sides arrived several minutes after the burger. The tempura battered onion rings were mushy and extremely oily. The signature thick fries had an off-flavor, like the frying oil needed to be changed. The housemade ketchup served with the fries and onion rings also tasted strongly of truffle oil which was very off-putting and unexpected

For having such heavy greasy flavors, I was amazed that no wine was available on the menu (server explained the other locations have this available). I do enjoy rich foods, but this was just over-the-top greasy and I went home with an upset stomach

Umami Burger
850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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