Greer's OC: Gourmet burger joint opens

April 04, 2012|By Greer Wylder

The Umami wait is over.

After much speculation as to where the first Umami Burger would open in Orange County, Umami opened at The CAMP in Costa Mesa. The hot Los Angeles-based gourmet burger concept will roll out two more locations in the coming months at the Anaheim Brewery, followed by a Laguna Beach location.

To simplify the meaning of Umami, or fifth taste, it's a sensation from meaty or savory tastes. It goes like this: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and then, umami.


The menu at Umami is solely focused on delivering this umami taste through fancy burgers like: the truffle burger with house-made truffle cheese and truffle glaze ($12); or the Umami Burger with shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, Parmesan crisp, and umami ketchup ($11); and the Manly Burger with beer-cheddar cheese, smoked salt-onion strings, and bacon lardons ($11). Even non-meat eaters can enjoy the greenbird, a Shelton Farms turkey burger with crushed avocado, green cheese, butter lettuce, sprouts, and green goddess dressing.

We're thinking it's best to go with the Kombu Meal No. 1, which is an Umami burger, with thin fries, and a Singha lager for $17.

Umami's sides won't disappoint either. You can choose from sweet potato fries ($4), malt liquor tempura onion rings ($3), and house pickles ($5). Umami's sauces also receive rave reviews, including its Umami ketchup, house spread, roasted garlic aioli, kombu relish, jalapeno ranch, or diablo sauce. Even dessert lovers and beer fans will find a sweet selection of both.

The CAMP is at 2981 Bristol St. For more information, call (714) 957-2981, or visit


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