Remember my gushing review of Umami Moto, the Asian-inspired food truck roaming the streets of Greater Cleveland? Well, I couldn’t stay away. Or rather, they were outrageously nice and dropped off my order on their way back from their location for the day because I couldn’t get away from work. Now that’s dedication to service!
The order in question consisted of their Umami Burger. Now, I should explain this thing about me and burgers. They don’t really attract me too much. I mean, I appreciate a burger every half year or so, but that’s it. I don’t crave them, I don’t seek them out, I tend to be underwhelmed when I order one. Heck, I didn’t even eat my first burger until the tender age of 19. My brain just doesn’t seem wired for love of burgers.
(Forgive the low quality picture, I was unprepared for this awesome delivery and had to use my iPod camera.)
Now, this is a burger to dream about. Perfectly cooked lean all-beef patty (nicely thin to my taste, I’d estimate 2.5 to 3 oz, just the right amount not too overwhelm the experience) with Southeast Asian flavors, topped with a truly kickin’ prik pao chili sauce, a hint of mayo and onions, on a fresh, perfectly crisp toasted brioche bun. Holy moly, I couldn’t stop! The bun was perfect, and I usually despise burger buns in my haughty German bakery-spoiled ways – the brioche wasn’t bland, soggy or cardboard-like at all. It was warm, slightly sweet and had a great texture. And that chili sauce! I wish all my lunches were this great!
So here I stand, with The Burger To Beat in my mind, courtesy of the awesome Umami Moto team. What’s your take on burgers? Love them? Hate them? Have a special one that will forever be burned into your memory?