UPDATED: Too much umami in Umami Burger

SoCal Burger at Umami

OK, I know I’m late to the game on this one, but I finally ate at Umami Burger. I had the SoCal Burger at Umami Urban, otherwise known as the Umami that took over the Snackbar space at Space 15 Twenty, which was topped with butter lettuce, “spread,” oven-dried tomato, house-made American cheese and caramelized onions. Overall, it was salty. I could barely eat half the burger, which wasn’t very large to begin with. I really wanted to like it because I could tell the flavors were complementary, but the umami was just too intense. My dining companions enjoyed their burgers, so I figured the saltiness was just not for me. And the fries were salty, too — you could see the flecks of sea salt on them. Oh, well. At least I finally tried it, right?

UPDATE: I tried Umami again at the Star Chefs event. This time I had a mini burger version served up specially for the event topped with a sweet sauce and parmesan cracker. I still found it salty, though not as salty as the burger I had at the Umami Burger in Hollywood. So maybe the one I had was overly salty, though, like I said, my fellow diners enjoyed their burgers. Or maybe I’m just more sensitive to saltiness. So you can take this with a grain of salt!

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03 2010

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  1. 1

    I just ate there for the first time on Saturday… and I was a bit disappointed as well. I ordered the Umami Burger “veggie style”, since I’m not a real big burger person. Instead of a veggie burger, it was just a bun with the regular toppings minus the meat… for the same price. And I agree it was very saltly! The sweet potato fries were pretty amazing though…

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    They still charged you the same price?! I would’ve thrown a hissy fit, haha!

  3. 3

    Recently tried Umami Burger a couple of weeks ago for the first time. I thought it was just all right and yes a little small. I didn’t really get a taste for the meat as I felt the burger was overpowered by the mushroom and tomatoes. I thought something was missing.

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