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šUmami Burger/
Omotesando: Burgers
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The Umami Burger
delivers a giant
blast of rich, meaty
flavor, more than
living up to its
name. The signature
dish at this
California-based
gourmet burger shop,
it has been careful-
ly crafted from a
palette of savory,
glutamate-rich in-
gredients - shiitake
mushrooms, caramel-
ized onions, parme-
san crisps, roast
tomatoes - that work
beautifully togeth-
er.

The "umami ketchup"
that comes on the
side has been put
together in the same
way, as the natural
glutamates of toma-
toes have been in-
tensified with the
addition of ancho-
vies, oyster sauce,
Worcestershire sauce
and truffle salt,
the last item im-
parting a distictive
truffle aroma that's
very appetizing.
Unlike other gourmet
burgers that seem
focused on showing
off the quality and
flavor of the meat
patty, the ingre-
dients of the Umami
Burger work together
as a whole, coalesc-
ing into a complex
and very satisfying
blend of flavors.

The kitchen turns
out a dozen differ-
ent beef-based bur-
gers, varioiusly
featuring components
like wasabi aioli,
fried lotus root and
cabbage (the Teriya-
ki Burger); kimchee
and coriander (the
K-BBQ burger); apple
wood-smoked bacon
and onion strings
(the Manly Chick
Burger); and truffle
aioli, truffle
cheese and truffle
glaze (the Truffle
Burger). There are
numerous optional
toppings, including
two different kinds
of bacon. The fala-
fel burger and fish-
curry burger serve
as non-beef options.


Umami Burger's Aoya-
ma branch is prob-
ably the fanciest of
the new crop of
gourmet burger shops
in town - a nicely
appointed restaurant
dining room with
comfortable communal
and group tables and
a spacious counter.
The menu is wider
than average - it's
definitely burger-
centered but there
are also numerous
side dishes, salads
and attractive des-
sert options. There
are several wines by
the glass and a
respectable selec-
tion of seven US and
Japanese craft beers
on tap and several
more by the bottle.

Beers on tap include
breweries like Fire-
stone, Saint Archer,
Sierra Nevada and
Sankt Gallen, with a
few bottled options
from Minoh and Hita-
chino Nest. If
you're in an adven-
turous mood you can
try original cock-
tails with names
like Blackberry
Swizzle, Spicy Mez-
calrita, and Maple-
Bacon Old-Fashioned.


Prices here reach
the upper zone of
Tokyo burger shops -
the Umami Burger is
one of the cheapest
options at Y1380,
but fries and other
side dishes are
extra. Wines start
at Y900 per glass
and craft beers are
priced at Y950-1300
for a pint.
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Minato-ku, Kita-
Aoyama 3-15-5, Por-
tofino 1F.  Open
11am-9:30pm (LO)
daily.
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