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May 8, 2012 04:54 PM

Umami Burgers....Worth the price ??

Just found out that Umami Burgers have opened a branch in Thousand Oaks (Nate and Als Deli old spot )
Looked at the menu online , as I've never been to an Umami Burger before. The burgers sound great but they are pricey....$10.00 to $15.00 per burger befor adding any sides (i.e. fries rings, etc. )
anyone tried these ?
I dont mind paying if this is a GREAT burger

Thank you

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  1. Their Hatch Burger is perfection on a bun. And their onion rings are exemplary. Some here may differ.

    1. I am a fan. Small but very tasty burgers. My favorite is the Manly Burger (beer-cheddar cheese, smoked salt-onion strings, bacon lardons) and the lamb burger (lamb, minted edamame hummus, Valbreso feta cheese, sliced cucumber, and pickled shallots). At the Hermosa Beach location they have a wonderful Baja Burger with tempura fried cod, crushed avacado, cabbage slaw, fire-roasted salsa, chipotle lime aioli.

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      1. re: wienermobile

        Wow...the Baja Burger sounds great. I may have to head south!

      2. I think they are definitely not worth it. I find Umami's burgers to be small and ultra greasy without anything crisp to offset all the richness. I thought their onion rings were awful, limp and poorly fried.

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        1. re: Ernie

          +1 (except for the size part; I thought that was fine). The meat itself was great, but the bun was VERY greasy, the fries were bland and not particularly tasty (despite the waiter going on and on about how much time the chef puts into the preparation of the fries), the onion rings were falling apart (the battered portion, not the onions themselves), and the condiments served on a spoon were too precious by a half (and were nothing special in taste).

          i actually don't think $10-15 is bad for even a GOOD burger, though, so you might as well satisfy your curiosity to see on which side of the line you fall.... ;)

          The waiter at Plan Check (which obviously isn't anywhere near Thousand Oaks) said that their owners were also behind Umami? Very curious, since I really liked Plan Check (aside from the overly noisy environment).

          1. re: ilysla

            Plan Check is not part of Umami, but Umami's former executive chef Ernesto Uchimura created Plan Check's wonderful menu.

        2. since when is a 6oz burger small? that's pretty much all the meat you need for a day. i think they're a good deal.

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            1. re: chezwhitey

              well, $10-15, and the only $15 burger is tuna. i think all of the beef burgers are $10-12.

              i should probably get out and try more burgers. maybe my perceptions of value will change.

          1. I'm stuck on the Triple Pork Burger with fresh ground pork, chorizo and bacon with manchego cheese & pimento aioli. This is at the Santa Monica branch and I don't know if they offer it all the locations or not. It's very tasty and I find it to ample in terms of size.