When the Cruisers suggested that we go to Umami Burger together, we were excited.
When the Cruisers suggested that we order six burgers to share, we were ecstatic. The Cruisers are full of good ideas. We've since decided that we're going to do a Los Angeles Burger Quest, and this retroactively became our first stop.
Mr. Monkey got this root beer.
House pickles ($5).
Mr. Monkey and the Cruisers enjoyed this little dish. I had a small taste of each, but I can't say that I'm a big fan of pickles generally, so I'm not qualified to judge.
Market salad ($4).
We thought some refreshing greens would be nice before we gorged on multiple meat patties, and they were. The dressing was light and had hints of vanilla.
Triple-cooked hand-cut fries ($3).
These were only ok to me. My first fry was quite enjoyable -- golden and crisp. In a matter of seconds, however, that feeling disappeared. Gobble these as fast as you can, or skip them altogether. They don't taste good unless they're piping hot.
Malt liquor tempura onion rings ($2.50).
These were slightly better than ok. Definitely superior to the fries, but I'm not sure I'd order them again. They, too, suffered from the instant-decline-in-tastiness-after-a-few-seconds syndrome.
But enough with the sides! Bring on the burgers!
Umami Burger ($9): roasted tomatoes, grilled shiitake mushrooms, grilled onions, and a parmesan crisp.
This was my fave of the day. I think it was the parmesan crisp that won me over. Super yummers to the max.
Triple Pork Burger ($11): fresh ground pork, chorizo, and applewood smoked bacon with Manchego cheese and pimento aioli.
the pork burger at Wood Spoon.
Casablanca Burger ($11): fresh-ground leg of lamb, Merguez lamb sausage, pickled apricots, arugula, and pomegranate aioli.
I dug this, but I would've liked it more sans pickled apricots. They didn't do anything for me. Actually, they were kind of a weird distraction.
Port and Stilton Burger ($9): bleu cheese and Poças Port-caramelized onions.
Truffle Burger ($11): Italian truffle cheese, truffle glaze.
A bit disappointing. I was expecting a more distinct truffle flavor, but I just didn't taste it.
Manly Burger ($10): beer-cheddar cheese, smoked salt onion strings, bacon lardons.
You'd think that, after eating several sides and six burgers, we'd be ready to leave.
Nope. We are animals, my friends. Rawr.
Ice cream sandwiches ($4.50): pumpkin spice and coffee toffee.
These were desserts from MILK. Umami also offers desserts from Cake Monkey. We've had the coffee toffee sandwich before. It was as good as we remembered. The pumpkin spice stole the show, though. I like pumpkin. I like spice. I like sandwich. It was nice.
Root beer float ($5).
One last shot of the chalkboard saying of the day.
It sure does.