|Check out the Umami Burger website: www.umami.com|
While we were in San Francisco we ventured (and by ventured, I mean took a very long walk!) to Umami Burger. Mark had heard really good things about this place and it was near the top of our list of burger joints to suss out. I can tell you know that we were not disappointed!
|My Manly Burger at Umami.|
Umami are known for their unusual takes on the burger. One of their specialities is a burger that has a bacon wrapped scallop as the patty. It was amazing to see a huge scallop patty instead of the usual beef version. I had what is known as the 'Manly burger' which was a beer patty, beer-cheddar cheese, salted onion strings and delicious thick cut bacon. Hmmmm.... drooooolllll....
|Mark's Scallop and Bacon burger.|
Naturally Umami have all these special made secret sauces etc on their burgers which make them super delicious too. What I loved about them was they pretty much tell you that the burgers are what's on the menu. You can take something off a burger but not add as they have created, what they believe to be specially balanced combinations of burgers, cheese and their special additions. I love that they stand behind what they make and seriously, the burgers that we got were so delicious with the perfect balance of cheese, sauce and meat that I would trust to go with what's on the menu! I can see them rolling their eyes at someone trying to mess with the burger system!
The sides were also amazing. After a few weeks of living on french fries, I decided to mix it up and go with the Smushed potatoes. They were whole potatoes cooked, smushed a bit, then fried so they were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Kinda like the perfect roasted potato. It made for a nice change from fries.
|The Pickle Platter!|
We also indulged in the Pickle Platter which was a highlight! It featured a range of pickles, of varying heat and vegetables. I love pickles so this was a real treat to start off with. Be warned though, the pickled chilies are HOT! All of this was washed down with my favourite Portland Maine beer, Allagash.
Umami are a Californian based chain and each restaurant has their own special burgers that they create so if you have the chance to visit a few restaurants, you will get different burger combinations.
Definitely on the list of 'must goes' if you are in San Francisco! I will be visiting again, next time I'm in the area!