I can remember it like it was yesterday (or 2011) — one of my grad school classmates raved about this place called Umami Burger and told a bunch of us that we had to try the burgers there. So a bunch of us went to dinner there before a fun night and I fell in love…with the Truffle burger. Thus began a two-year affair with me trying every single Umami Burger. But now, the new Umami Burger in Santa Monica is opening with a new menu and it’s time to get acquainted with some brand new delicious dishes!
I got the opportunity to preview the new menu, which makes its debut on Umami Santa Monica’s opening day on June 20. The new Santa Monica location is the premiere of the new global brand standards and design for all future Umami Burgers and it’s so impressive. It’s a gorgeous, 3,000-square-foot space. Umami Santa Monica has the exclusive Loco Moco burger with a perfect fried egg on top, which will be beloved by yolk porn fans everywhere, but also don’t forget that gravy — seriously don’t. It’s so good in every bite. Not feeling like a burger? The Crispy Diablo Sandwich will kick your evening up a notch with fried chicken, delectable diablo sauce, and spicy slaw.
But to start off your meal, Umami now provides so many options: Japanese Style Wings, Butter Corn, Gochujang & Guava Short Rib Sliders, Caramelized Brussel Sprouts, and more. I highly recommend the Garden Party and Greens6 cocktails, if you’re looking for something refreshing and fruity on a summer day. I indulged in the U.F.O. (tempura fried cream filled oatmeal cookie topped with dulce de leche, vanilla ice cream, sea salt) for dessert because why not? It’s a fun way to kick off summer and stay cool in this Los Angeles heat. Many thanks to my amazing server Tommy for being so helpful and kind and giving some killer recommendations!
All right, enough words. Let’s get to the food porn below.