American hamburgers, fresh ingredients, artisan alcoholic beverages, and food trucks. Yup, L.A. started the new trend in casual dining. I would love to see an UMAMI Burger or an UMAMIcatessen or perhaps both in other places around the world someday. Why? Because UMAMI Burger and UMAMIcatessen are L.A. icons that reinvented casual American cuisine and they have successfully made upgrading the casual dining experience in the United States.
The burgers were just as excellent as the ones at the UMAMI Burger locations. Heck, I expected them to be the same and I was glad that the quality didn’t change. The Umami Burger was still my favorite of all them. It’s just a nice, juicy burger to sink your teeth into and savor beef in bliss. (Medium-rare is the best way to eat all the burgers.) The Hatch Burger is equally awesome, because of the spicy peppery kick. I also loved the Manly Burger. What makes the Manly Burger so MANLY is the bacon! It was worth conquering eat bite of this burger. The Port & Stilton Burger is the most sophisticated of the burgers on the menu. Why? It’s the kind of burger that you sip with a nice glass of wine.
The Crispy Pig Ears with Brainaise sauce were mighty tasty treats. It’s a different type of pig candy to oggle and to munch on while waiting for the next course of dishes to arrive at the table.
The biggest surprise of the evening was the Pastrami, Rye, and Mustard sandwich. For all of us, it was one of the best Pastrami Sandwiches that we’ve eaten in the Los Angeles area. Most pastrami sandwiches around L.A. serve thinly sliced pastrami. At UMAMIcatessen, the Pastrami is served with thick slices and there’s plenty of them stuffed in between the bread. To my fellow readers on the internet, there ain’t no dieting allowed when you eat this sandwich. Just freakin’ enjoy it! In fact, eat all of it, because it will make you happy inside and out.
I spent the entire evening sipping on the 2008 Berona Crianza wine from Rioja, Spain. I loved this wine, because the acidity level and tannins were low which didn’t over power the natural flavors of the burgers and pastrami sandwich. I just wished there were more selections of wines by the glass to chose from though. Heck, I wanted the Las Rocas Garnacha by the glass. It would have been perfect with the burgers. The guys spent their time the artisan beers, which they loved. The other gals enjoyed the artisan sodas as their non-alcoholic alternative beverage.
In all, UMAMIcatessen is everything that I expected…great food made well with top notched ingredients set in a nice casual dining setting. This Foodie destination will always be so hard to resist from now on.