Umami Burger, Los Angeles, CA

June 3, 2010

Although I’ve never attended a Fellowship of the Bun meeting, I have been keeping close tabs on the group and would like to share my experience of an absolutely fantastic burger I found in Los Angeles.

The name of the restaurant is Umami and, although I believe the original is somewhere on La Brea, I dined at the newer location on Hollywood Blvd. in the southeast part of Los Feliz (near Silverlake).

Hands down, this is perhaps one of the most delectable burgers I have ever tasted.  Starting with the bun, the bread is lightly toasted and has just the right amount of ‘fluff’ to it.  Best I can guess, it is a semi-sweet type of bread and maintains its consistency throughout the entire meal.

All burgers in the restaurant are prepared medium-rare and, in light of this, I can only assume part of their perfect taste is an extremely high grade of beef.  The burger is incredibly juicy but somehow not at all greasy.  It is topped with cheese, sun-dried tomato, caramelized onions and a light homemade sauce.

From start to finish, this burger is perfect.  Although side items are sold a la carte, the sweet potato fries only add to this all-around perfect meal.  They are lightly salted and, from what I can tell, also have a hint of brown sugar and/or cinnamon added.

I’m not a huge fan of the restaurant itself.  It has a very LA-ish vibe, and by that it is trendy, overly pretentious and a bit pricey.  But, if you can set that aside, the burger will not disappoint.

Expect to pay about $16.00 for the burger, fries, drink, tax and tip.

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