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Mar 3, 2011 05:57 PM

Umami Burger, Studio City

Went there this afternoon for lunch. I had been to Umami before, on S. La Brea, and thought it just ordinary, but this is very convenient for me, very close to The Counter, so I could compare the two, I ordered the Umami Burger medium rare, with Tempura Coated onion rings, and iced tea. The service is a little slow, and they do not accommodate individual desires. All you can do is delete an item on their set burgers. When my burger came, I was wondering how I could get it into my mouth, because the wonderful roll was domed pretty high, but I managed. My first bite was a revelation. The burger was juicy, tasty, prepared just right, and all the toppings complimented each other. The onion rings were a good side for the burger, and the iced tea was much better than the usual seen in LA. I was very pleased to eat there, consider it much better than The Counter, and much better than my previous experience on S. La Brea You all should give it a try.

Umami Burger
850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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    1. 12159 Ventura Blvd, Studio City

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      1. re: pizzafreak

        Place Link Here

        Umami Burger
        12159 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

      2. <<they do not accommodate individual desires>> Exactly what does this mean? Can I order it rare with grilled onions, cheese and mayo or whatever dressing they use?

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        1. re: mucho gordo

          No, they won't let you create your own burger. They have a set list of maybe 10 different burgers, and all you can do is delete whatever toppings on that particular burger you don't want. I originally wanted a med rare burger, Amer. Ch, grilled onions, and was told no. I wound up choosing the Umami burger, and it was a good choice. It has their version of cheese on it, and some other stuff the particulars of which I have forgotten.I didn't use Ketchup or mayo or mustard, all of which they offer on the side because I wanted to taste the meat. My report, I hope, speaks for itself

        2. Thanks for the review. I live in the Valley too, so I think I'll stop by and try it out. I had the Counter on Wilshire by the La Brea Tar Pits tonight and was pretty pleased with it.

          1. I have never eaten there, but I intended to try the Triple Pork Burger someday. Does anyone know why they dropped it?

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            1. re: Dogbite Williams

              I think they still have the TPB at various locations (Santa Monica where I go still has it AFAIK). They seem to think that varying their menu for the perceived tastes of the local populace makes sense. So you probably aren't finding the TBP at the Studio City location - at least as far as the regular menu is concerned. I am sure that the original site on La Brea still has it too.

              1. re: Dogbite Williams

                A quick glance at all of their menus by location show that it is officially ONLY at the La Brea location. Not on the menu at any other branch.

                I have only eaten at the La Brea and Los Feliz locations and I have never personally seen it at the LF location.

                At the same time it has been consistently "sold out" at the LB location. I have never had it. I doubt that I will be eating at the original location any way as the have dreaded valets in the dinky parking lot.

                1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                  As I posted to Dogbite - I see it at the Santa Monica location as well as the La Brea store:

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Duly noted.

                    Have you ever had it at either location? As I mentioned it is always "sold out" on La Brea. But it may just be the time I manage to get there.

                    1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                      It's my "go to" burger at the SM location (my local Umami). It has a wonderful, bold and spicy back note with the chorizo and the pork is excellent, juicy and tangy in its porkyness...

                      1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                        I have seen it on the menu at Hollywood Blvd. in Los Feliz (didn't have it, though).

                        I think they rotate their specials, although I have no idea if there's a predictable pattern.

                    2. re: SilverlakeGirl

                      Thanks for that info. I work in West Hollywood, so I'll probably head to the La Brea location one of these days.