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Apr 22, 2009 05:29 PM

Where does Umami Burger get their buns?

They/re perfect. Does anyone know?

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  1. I asked Adam and he gave me a long explanation that basically amounted to "It's a secret" and "They're Portuguese style." At least I tried.

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    1. re: Chowpatty

      I warn that this is complete speculation, as I actually haven't been to Umami and have only look at pictures of the burgers on Yelp. But given the portuguese reference, I wonder if the bun is the same type of bread in the bottom left corner of this web page -- from 'the only portuguese bakery in LA' (which I haven't been to either). Here's the link: As a side note, I buy the egg buns from the continental bakery at the Fairfax farmer's market, and they are quite outstanding if you are in the mood for a fairly rich bun.

      1. re: Dylan

        I called Nata's before I posted. They told me they don't make hamburger buns and that as far as they know, they're the only Portuguese bakery in the greater L.A. area.

        1. re: Bob Brooks

          I wonder if it is the same bread pictured in the long shape, but custom made in the form of a hamburger bun though.

    2. What are they like? I don't like brioche buns, texture is too tough for me. I am hoping they aren't similar to that. Hoping to get to Umami soon to try for myself but in the meantime...

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      1. re: bruinike

        To me they aren't so much like Brioche... but more like egg bread... Almost like the little buns you got at the school cafeteria... SOFT... but with good structure so they toast up REALLY nice and hold together. Umami's burgers are very juicy and have lots of interesting toppings, so you need a good bun to keep it all together. This bun is darn near PERFECT... I honestly would have never thought it of it.

        BUT, it's not unique. The Back Abby in Claremont has a burger with an almost identical bun... but their burgers weren't nearly as good...


        1. re: Dommy

          I still got to get there to try their hi-end chili burgers. anyone know if they are open until midnight, or even later. if so, they might just give the apple pan a run of the money with their more conducive hours than the usual burger joints in LA. It's cool that they have a lax BYOB policy. as well as some of the best french fries i've ever had in LA.