Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Umami burger expanding? Lobster rolls coming soon.

Adam is hinting around that Umami Burger could be looking into other locations on the Westside, Hollywood or Silver Lake. Where would you like to see an Umami Burger spinoff? I'm voting for the Chinese restaurant space next to Gelson's.
Yesterday I took Ramin for his first Umami burger, while I tried the excellent Hatch chile burger and the lightly-malt liquor battered onion rings, which I thought were better than the fries.
Here's what's new at Umami:
  • Ice cream sandwiches from Milk in several flavors ($4)
  • The Manly burger with Cobb smoked bacon, smoked salt onion strings and cheddar
  • Two types of lobster rolls coming in the next few weeks
  • new rotating sides including taro and yucca fries and sweet potato salad
The downside? Our burgers were a little too rare, the outside tables along La Brea are noisy and not particularly pleasant, and some Chowhounds have complained of service/seating issues during the busiest periods. So, see, I'm not an Unami shill.

18 comments:

Marie said...

Lobster rolls?! That would be very exciting. I've been hesitating to make a second visit because I'm convinced I'll have to wait for a table; when I went a couple months ago, it was around 9pm and empty so very easy.

Anonymous said...

i just went last friday, and unlike the previous time i was there and it was empty, this time i had to wait for a table. and once i was seated, i had to wait over an hour for my food to come out. it was rough.

but those milk ice cream sandwiches are amazing... they use french macaroons on the outside instead of a regular cookie.

ali said...

I walked out of umami burger last weekend. They ran out of veggie burgers and had not chicken or turkey options for my picky boyfriend and I just ordered a regular burger but after a half hour when they said it would be a while longer I left. Another woman had been waiting an hour for her burger. Awful experience.

Danny Cohen said...

Are you guys talking Umami Burger, aka THE RAPE OF HUNGER????

I've been there about 5 times, each with different people, and everyone, including myself, has religious experiences whilst eating the burgers. That being said, the space is small and it is hit/miss with service, but the food is so spectacular that it doesn't matter.

Give me more Umami on the Westside or anywhere else as to alleviate the one location.

solson said...

I like the Gelson's adjacent idea.

Anonymous said...

If an Umami Burger showed up next to Gelsons' Silver Lake, I would be grabbing to-go veggie burgers and lobster rolls forever.

Anonymous said...

I went last Sunday and waited for over 1 1/2 hours for my burger and then it came out almost RAW
No Froes at 7pm and a grumpy manager
For 9 buck a burger no thanks for me

Anonymous said...

I went last Sunday and waited for over 1 1/2 hours for my burger and then it came out almost RAW
No Fries at 7pm and a grumpy manager
For 9 buck a burger no thanks for me

Exile Kiss said...

Hi Pat,

Thanks for the info! :) Wow, Lobster Rolls now? This could be really good. :)

Food GPS said...

If Adam adds a hot lobster roll with drawn butter and doesn't charge too much for it, I'll definitely roll down to Umami again. I wish he'd avoid the dreaded lobster salad roll. Lobster and mayo shouldn't cross paths.

I'd be more liable to go to Umami if it was in Silver Lake. The pork burger was really good, but the fries were lousy last time. Hopefully they've improved.

Shannon said...

A decent, affordable lobster roll in Los Angeles? Be still my heart!

petite_syrah said...

I'm addicted to this place and appreciate that it is located at least 15 minutes away by car.

That said... my brain says stay where you are but my tummy votes for East Hollywood. Somewhere just east of the new W Hotel. Ohhhh nooo... what have I done?! At least I could walk or bike there.

Seriously folks, this place is REALLY good. :-)

Anonymous said...

Loved this place when I first tried it but the service gets worse each time and they've already done away with the two best things on the menu -- the sweet potato chips and the lamb burger. I'll give it one more shot but the short love affair is probably over.

Anonymous said...

Aw, that earlier comment made me hopeful about "veggie burgers" but I just checked their online menu and there, at least, there are no veggie menus. Odd business decision to completely exclude vegan and vegetarian customers, and those who are avoiding meat because it's a health necessity (some cancer patients are advised to avoid meat, particularly red meat.)

Amanda Crowe said...

I wasn't even really in the burger mood when we stopped by... We ordered the Umami Burger as well as the Truffle Burger and they were both simply delicious and yummy!!!

Anonymous said...

Just to enlighten those not from back east who think a lobster roll with drawn butter would be yummy...a TRUE lobster roll IS lobster salad served in a buttered/toasted open-from-the-top hot dog roll with a side of potato chips....not fries. Save the drawn butter for a steamed lobster.

Anonymous said...

Umami in Silver Lake? No thanks I rather go to The Fix which is 1 minute walk from Gelsons.

Anonymous said...

Umami in Silver Lake? No thanks I rather go to The Fix which is 1 minute walk from Gelsons.