Umami: A taste sensation that is meaty or savory and is produced by several amino acids and nucleotides (as glutamate and aspartate) — It’s the definition of Umami. Understand now?
How about this… Umami is a savory taste, one of the five basic tastes (together with sweet, sour, bitter and salty). A loanword from the Japanese, Umami can be translated as “pleasant savory taste” — It’s basically a description, NOT specific ingredients. I didn’t know all this.
Pictured is the Original Umami Burger from the Umami Restaurant Group’s Umami Burger.
And Beer Battered Onion Rings from Umami Burger’s Sides Menu. They were good, but I prefer thinner Onions. Theirs are thick with too much Onion — Not sure if they are always like that?!
As for the famous Original Umami Burger, I regret to inform that we thought it was just okay. I’d heard great things about it over the past couple years, but we didn’t find it mind blowingly different. It’s quite rich actually. We like its ingredients… Shiitake Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Roasted Tomato, a Parmesan Crisp and Umami Ketchup, but idk — It was pleasantly savory, but other Burgers have been even more pleasantly savory, if allowed.
It’s not inexpensive, but had to try it and you may still want to too. I’d like to try Umami Burger’s Ahi Tuna Burger. It looks and sounds impressive, like many of Umami Burger’s other Burgers.