Santa Monica, CA 90401
Sat, 04/04/2015, 7:00pm walk-in
Umami: a distinct savory taste that is one of the five basic tastes, distinguishable from sweet, salty, bitter and sour. The umami flavor is caused from the interaction of glutamate and its receptors on the tongue. It is this taste that is the foundation for Umami Burger.
Back in 2009, Adam Fleischman managed to open his first Umami Burger in Los Angeles. The burgers consist of 6oz patties seasoned with Umami dust that is composed of dried porcini mushrooms and fish heads. From one came many, and somehow, Fleischman has expanded Umami Burger to 24 locations.
The Santa Monica location is in the process of expansion. The restaurant itself is bright, with a full wait staff and bar. The ambiance is casual and a bench sits outside the front of the restaurant for dining outdoors.
The menu consists of burgers, salads and a number of sides. Umami Burger takes pride in their uniqueness by presenting cheese as a parmesan crisp. Their bread is branded with their signature "U" stamp.
Overall, Umami Burger is a solid, casual burger joint that delivers good burgers. The umami concept transcends throughout the menu. I appreciate that Fleischman utilizes ingredients to bring umami flavors to your palate. The only downfall for the expansion of Umami Burger to various locations is the consistency of the burgers. On occasion, I have experienced a sub par burger (but that is a rarity). And...if they only offered shakes on the menu, then it would take Umami Burger to a whole new level, but in a good way (I guess that's the piglet talking).
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