August 22, 2011

My Favorites: Umami Burger

Umami Burger is a modest diner in a small place in a not so pretty neighborhood (I'm talking about the one at La Brea), and you would not expect much from the burgers if you haven't heard about them before. But when you get inside, the vibe is totally different, cool, the waiters are super fast and the burgers... Humm .. They have a menu with a few burgers and I can say that one is better than the other!
Going for the first time, try their staple: Umami Burger (second photo below). The meat is ultra tasty and the bread is incredibly soft. The secret seasoning, they say, is called umami: a fifth element - besides savory, sweet, bitter and sour - created by the Japaneses. No one explains very well what it is or how it is done, but you really don't care because you'll love the burger anyway!

The place is famous here in LA and there is always a waiting list to get a table (yesterday I waited for less than 10 minutes but it was not peak hour), but it was worth waiting every minute to savor this incredible burger!

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