Umami Burger is a popular burger chain that originated in Los Angeles.
I’ve been quite curious about the restaurant for a while, especially with the name umami. While visiting The Pie Hole, I noticed that there was an Umami Burger spot just a few doors down. Before I knew what was happening, I was at the front counter ordering a burger to share with Mr. K even though we had pies to buy and a dinner with friends in less than an hour. But as Mr. K reasoned, we were so close by, we might as well. This is why I married him.
To make sure we wouldn’t be late for our dinner, we got the burger to-go.
The restaurant has a very sleek and modern feel to it. From far away the logo made me think of macarons. Up close, it looks like lips. I know it’s supposed to be a burger but I just don’t immediately think “burger” when I see it.
The burger was oozing with meat juices and melted truffle cheese. The aroma of truffle was quite intoxicating. I love that the burger buns are branded. The bready bun held up quite well and the griddled ground beef patty was cooked to a perfect medium rare, as I requested.
We scarfed this burger down in the parking lot in just minutes, never quite making it to the inside of the car.
At $12, this burger isn’t cheap, but it was pretty well executed. Mr. K stated that for the price, he prefers Slater’s 50/50. I enjoyed the burger more than he did and if a location was closer to me, I wouldn’t mind eating here again and exploring more of the menu, but I also wouldn’t make a special out-of-the-way trip for the burger. Either way, it was great to finally check this off my list, as it’s been on my mental to-do list for a number of years.
Umami Burger (multiple locations)
49 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105