Ate at Umami Burger on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood a few days ago.
It was very crowded with a twenty minute wait to get seated.
Not bad because there was a street fair going on outside.
The menu consists of eleven burgers, not all beef.
I ordered the.... Umami Burger.
I don't understand the description which is:
umami x 6, portobello - our signature burger
, portobello substitute available, you will crave this one.
So why was it the third burger on the list?
It was preceded by a turkey and Ahi Tuna burger. I would have put those at the end.
What I received was a small branded greasy looking roll with a thick patty perfectly cooked to medium. It was topped with a roasted tomato, grilled onions and two tiny shi-take mushrooms. Both sides of the bun were slathered minimally with umami catsup.
Did it wow me? No, but it was good. The taste of the shi-takes stood out and I would have liked more. I needed more catsup which was delivered to me in a Chinese soup spoon. One extra helping was on the house with any more being 50¢ each. What?
Once again I ordered the sweet potato fries which I believe will be my last time. They all seem to be the same and just okay.
I asked the waitress which of their sauces were served with the fries and she told me aioli. She brought me catsup.
I wanted more information on the umami aspect of my burger but my waitress knew nothing.
I thought at $10 the burger was over priced but I'd go back.
I'm interested in the Carnitas Burger which also has a confusing description:
fresh ground pork, house made carnitas, guajilo sauce, jalapeno sour cream, guacamole, tortilla crisps.
I imagine it being soggy with all those toppings, but with the way they apply them so sparingly I'll probably have to ask for more.
I forgot to list the available condiments... one free with side, additional .50 as printed on the menu:
Roasted Garlic Aioli
Worth a try.
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