Umami Burger! It’s been too long!
I’m well-aware that my beloved burger chain is expanding nationally (with 25 new locations by 2013) but I had no idea that there was one in Santa Monica til we were making plans for the brunch on the Westside.
Very different-looking from the one in Hollywood that we frequent
Started off with some appetizers for four –
Pickled veggies – beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and okra
(I tried a bite of the Jalapeño and spit it out)
Tempura Onion Rings
Sweet Potato Fries
Dipped in a lot of Umami Ketchup
Since this one is in shopping mecca Fred Segal, there are salads on the menu I’ve never seen elsewhere!
I got curious and ordered the North African Chicken
Came with some fried eggplant too, which Abe ate on its own and spit out…
…I guess I didn’t mind when it was buried with all the other flavors…
…but still, I wish I had gotten a burger. The veggies were fine, but nothing special.
A bite of the Earth burger – a mushroom/edamame patty with white soy aioli, truffle ricotta, cipollini onions, lettuce, and slow-roasted tomato
For dessert I sampled a piece of the Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Cakewich
Stick to that, the burgers and the fried stuff. Just like McDonald’s, you don’t come here for the veggies!
I wonder what the Studio City and Los Feliz locations are like?