Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Umami Burger

Not sure if it's all about the fifth taste profile as the name implies. But the burgers are pretty tasty.

It was a Saturday night, around 7:30 and the place was full. We were told there was a 10 min wait, so we put our name on the list and headed to the bar. Just as we were being served our beverages, our table was ready.

This was my first visit, but I had an idea of what I wanted to order before I got there. It was all about the Hatch Burger. I love green chili cheese burgers, so I had to try it. There was four of us, so we had a variety of burgers, The Truffle Burger and The Manly Burger were also on the menu.

For our sides we order onion rings, sweet potato fries and thin fries. We were really hoping or the jalapeno hush puppies, but they were sold out (at 8pm?). With each side you get a free condiment, we got Umami Ketchup, House Spread (Thousand Island?) and Dijon Mustard.

Across the board the burgers were all delicious and perfectly cooked medium rare. The grind of meat is pretty coarse and very well seasoned, there was also a nice charred crust. But my Hatch Burger was disappointing in one respect, the chilis were bland and had no heat. By far my favorite burger was the Truffle Burger. The Truffle flavor was very pronounced and work really well with the meat, that was umami. The Manly burger was not bad either, but I lost the taste of the lardons.

All of burgers are served on airy brioche buns and are about 8 ounces. The sides were decent, with the onion rings being the standout. The sweet potato fries were seasoned with cinnamon, which I did not like.

The service was adequate, nothing special. I look forward to visiting the other locations in the future.

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