July 2, 2009 2

Umami burger (La Brea)

By in 09: Weho

Umami burgerUmami burgerUmami burgerThere’s been a lot of hype for Umami burger ever since it opened. My friend tried it before and found it so-so. So here I am to try it myself. The space is small and pretty well-designed. They don’t have a liquor license so it’s BYOB. It’s a pity we didn’t have beer with us as the burgers are perfect for beer, and we realized there’s a liquor shop right across the street when we left.

The menu is small, and they only have burgers on the menu (it is called “Umami burger” afterall). You get to choose one condiments per order, we chose roasted garlic aioli and house spread. Since we didn’t get fries, so we end up didn’t really use them.

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We both went for the non-traditional kind:

I got the No. 5 burger: pork with Chinese 5 spice.

Truffle burger: Italian truffle cheese and truffle glaze

Both are  quite interesting and tasty, though I can barely taste the 5 spice as the ketchup overpowered other flavors. I have the same complain for both burgers, and you can see it in the pictures too: the buns gets soggy and mushy!  Halfway eating I just get rid of the soggy buns and eat the patty by itself.

The burgers would be a lot better with stronger buns. Otherwise I like the burgers and the varieties they have. Next time I should try their signature Umami burger.

Umami Burger
850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931-3000

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2 Responses to “Umami burger (La Brea)”

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