Umami Burger, Studio City, CA

Monday, March 7, 2011

Umami Burger - Studio City, CA
Umami Burger

After all the hype over the Umami Burger (see the press), I jumped at the opportunity to go with my friend Barbara. First, Barbara and I worked up an appetite by hiking the trail in Wilacre Park in Fryman Canyon for a little over an hour. Usually, Barbara and I hang out only on the hottest days of the year, but this time, the weather was pretty good ;).

Umami is your fifth taste "savory"...after the usual sweet, sour, bitter, salty. The name was coined by my peeps in Japan.

Umami Burger - Studio City, CA
We both got the popular Umami Burger $10. It has house ground beef, caramelized onions, shiitake mushrooms, roasted tomato, Parmesan cheese crisp, and house made ketchup.

umami sides
Barbara ate the Smushed Potatoes $4.50 (according to the menu: dutch yellow creamers , double fried) with roasted garlic aioli, and I devoured the Sweet Potato Fries $4.00 with Umami ketchup. The fries were topped with some brown delicious.

The Valli location has a full bar with counter seats and a row of tables. The day we went, the music was way way loud. Damn, if you go to the bathroom, it's like being in a club. 

Umami Burger - Studio City, CA
All burgers are cooked medium rare, unless you tell them otherwise. What is funny is that Umami opened this 5th location two doors down from the popular The Counter Custom Built Burger joint. And the waiter tells you, "You can't change anything on the burger...taking some from one type to another. You can remove items, but no substitutions." In other words, we aren't the Counter!

I thought the burger was very delicious...but I probably won't eat another one for a couple years as it is a hella lot of beef. Next time, I'm going to try the portobello or turkey burger. I was very hungry from the hike and ate the whole thing in one sitting...I'm not eating beef again for a month.

I'm pulling out the weather forecast and checking to see when the next heatwave is coming...then I know it's time to visit with my friend Barbara again! :)

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6 comments: said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! I can't wait to try this dish.

Jocie's Mom said... [Reply to comment]

That looks so good! Kinda looks like one of the awesome burgers at Ray's Hell burger in D.C. And the smooshed potatoes are awesome :)

Thanks for sharing!

vanillasugarblog said... [Reply to comment]

whoa. lucky you! these photos are like art. my goodness would i love to have gone there. i mean even the ketchup is stellar. awesome post.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I'm in Tokyo and me thinks they should sell this looks like an Umai moment for sure = ) I wonder if they threw in the shitake for good measure? hehe

Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said... [Reply to comment]

Hmm, that's funny there's a Counter and an Umami Burger not too far from each other where I live too. I guess they are trying to compete with each other. I've got to try the smushed potatoes, those look good.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Hehe, no, it wasn't blistering hot at all! And no, I didn't buy anything from the Gap or Banana Republic... ;)

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