Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rate-A-Restaurant #289: Umamicatessen

Umamicatessen

Restaurant: Umamicatessen

Location: 852 S Broadway (Downtown)

Umamicatessen

Type of restaurant: Deli/Burgers

Umamicatessen

Umamicatessen

We stipulated: Maria and I were in downtown one Saturday morning to join one of the Los Angeles Conservancy's famed walking tours. Afterward, we decided to finally check out Umamicatessen for lunch (we were overdue).

Umamicatessen

They stipulated: "Inspired by international street bazaars and the classic American delicatessen, UMAMIcatessen is a table-service dining hall inside the Orpheum with approximately 170 seats, a full bar, and 5 different kitchens preparing food concepts by notable chefs from around the country."

Umamicatessen
Maria's bleu cheese burger

Umamicatessen
Onion rings and fries

What we ordered: Maria: Bleu Cheese Burger; Mike: Ahi tuna burger (hand chopped ahi tuna, crushed avocado, gingered pickles, wasabi flake $15); onion rings and fries ($3 and $3.50); soft serve ice cream

Umamicatessen
Mike's ahi tuna burger

High point: The high point was just getting a table, considering how crowded the Umamicatessen seems to always be. But also: the egg buns, and the ahi tuna was delicious.

Low point: Maria's burger was a disappointment, which may be why it's no longer on the menu. The cheese was not the best, and her burger was cooked way too rare.

Umamicatessen

Overall impression: Love the space, and happy to see a bustling restaurant like Umamicatessen next door to the revived Orpheum. (Also nearby: Two Boots Pizza, and more!) And yes, I know, we're lame for sticking with the Umami Burgers -- but stick with a winner, right? The delicatessen portion of the Umamicatessen menu just honestly doesn't sound as appetizing. But you know what was appetizing? The various sauces (above: Diablo sauce, Jalapeno ranch and Garlic aioli.)

Umamicatessen

Chance we'll go back: We aleady have, and we will again. We'll also just make sure Maria's burger is thoroughly cooked.

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