My lovely colleague Dale mentioned he’d never been to Byron Burger before *GASP*…this is what happened when I took his Byron virginity….
I first visited Byron 3 years ago when there were only a handful of restaurants dotted around town, with now 23 branches across London and their 24th restaurant opening in Spitalfields soon, they have now expanded nationally to Kent and Oxford.
With new hyped and “trendy” burger joints opening all across London it’s pretty hard to keep up with who serves the best burgers. You spend an hour queuing to get in by which time you are fed up and will head to McDonalds for quicker and less obnoxious service.
This is where Byron differs from the rest, having the title “Proper Burgers” Byron have certainly made their mark on the burger world, serving no fuss food within a comfortable environment.
On arrival the wafting smell of frying meat just nudges on your craving for a succulent burger. We were seated quickly by our friendly hostess, followed by our waitress who took our order.
The Westfield branch is pretty big, large white leather booths are along the sides, a counter top area surrounds the cooking station and many tables further inside. The atmosphere is relaxed, chilled just what you want on a Friday afternoon.
Having already been to Byron numerous times I knew what I wanted to order; Cheeseburger (option of cheeses) and fries with an oreo milkshake. The others opted for a Byron burger (topped w/ cured bacon and the special Byron sauce) and interestingly a veggie burger (Portobello mushroom w/ roasted peppers and goats cheese). Prices range from £6.75 – £9.25.
The side options are also a must to try especially the macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. I saw a few diners eating salads (salads in a burger bar??!) but the Chicken Caesar looked temptingly delicious.
At the table were a bunch of condiments inc ketchup, mustards and hot sauce. We were offered mayo for our chips but we declined.
Our drinks came out swiftly, I couldn’t help but slurp down half my milkshake before the food arrived. Thick enough to fit through a straw, the oreo milkshake is heaven in a glass. Crunchy bits of oreos – best part are the chucks – are blended with ice-cream to create a creamy shake. It’s a dessert in itself.
Our burgers soon followed. A mammoth meat pattie wedged into a soft roll topped with gooey melted cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onions. Juicy, fresh and cooked to a medium pink perfection, not greasy at all and most importantly tasty!. The pickle on the side is the icing on the cake.
The cured bacon was incredible! salty and crispy, “bloody tasty, burger- flavoured”.
The onion rings were insanely big – like doughnuts!, coated with a thick batter mixed with fresh herbs.
We were too stuffed to attempt the desserts menu, the burgers totally satisfied our fast food crave.
Byron Burger ticks all the boxes; local, cheap, great quality produce, polite and fast service. With a growing menu inc a banana split dessert to be added soon, Tom Byng has created a gem of a burger chain and really has taken his love for quality meat burgers to another level. 5 stars *****