Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Los Angeles Adventures: Umami Burger - Los Feliz

On day 2 of 2 of my Southern California adventure I met up with some friends including H.C. of L.A. and O.C. Foodventures post hiking Mt. Hollywood in my old stomping grounds of Los Feliz to eat meat at Umami Burger
Food bloggers go a-hiking: (from left to right) L.A. O.C. Foodie, Banana Wonder, ChocoMeat and The Wind Attack

Truth be told my vegetarian friend, Shelley, suggested this place and I was definitely ready for a burger. It had been months. Three to be exact. Umami Burgers are not huge so you don't get that American obese feel after eating. It was the perfect designer burger iron surge for me although my boyfriend, Justin, was still a little hungry afterwards. My burger experience was a pleasant mix, but by no far blew me out of the water.

We started off with truffle fries bathed in a truffle glaze accompanied by a truffle dipping sauce.  

The sweet potato fries were less interesting. The sugar dusting threw me off. 

I got the Umami Burger which is supposedly umami to the 6th power, a conglomerate of house-ground beef, oven roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, parmesan frico, sauteed shiitaki mushroom and house-made ketchup. It was delicious and neat but I was by no mean taken to another planet.

Earth Burger: mushroom and edamame patty, white soy aioli, truffle ricotta, cipollini onions, lettuce and slow roasted tomatoes. 

Kauai Burger with thick ham and pineapple. The  thick pork chop style cut of the ham turned out to be disappointing. 

Hatch Burger: 4 types of green chilies and house-made American cheese

Chocolate Almond Adult Pop Tart Ala Mode...devoured, of course.

Umami Burger
4655 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca


Three-Cookies said...

"American obese feel" - this is funny and I just learnt a new term:)

Lenia said...

Mouthwatering fotos!What I craved the most is the dessert!Just perfect!Hugs,dear!

Banana Wonder said...

Three-cookies - Hehe, far more painful than European obese. I think.

Lenia - I do too!

Helen said...

This post makes me crave a burger and I'm not a huge burger fan :) The smaller size is perfect too for those who want a small burger fix. The sweet potato fries with the sugar looks less than appetizing. I mean they are sweet enough as it is, right? The truffle fries look more appealing to me. The adult pop tart is pure genius!

Banana Wonder said...

Helen - Burgers SHOULD be this size. Speaking of fast food, my friend Cathy just posted for a poutine hot spot in Montreal:

Helen said...

Anna, Thanks for the heads up on your friend's poutine post! Yes, it is great stuff when you can get the authentic thing. Squeaky cheese curds please :) I will probably be in Montreal In August and will have to make a trip to La Banquise!