November 17, 2019
Byron Burgers – the new place in town
For discerning ‘burger eaters’ or even ‘burger connoisseurs’, it can be tricky to find really tasty, juicy versions in the UK – most are simply copycats that can verge on disaster – dry as the Sahara Desert and little chance of that wonderful meat juice dripping down your chin. All too often in restaurants, pubs and various other eateries they appear as a focal point on a menu, elevated to an unbelievable kudos, and end up being a big disappointment. Often overcooked, they do very little for your taste buds. Not so at Byron Burgers, so this is good news for meat lovers.
To say that this is a burger-centric restaurant would not be the right description. Whilst focused on burgers originally, the menu is now quite extensive to suit other diners, so if you are eating in a group, there will likely be something for everyone. As a chain, there is a modus operandi and certain standards to reach, and we certainly found the branch in Beak Street, London, to our taste. The staff were pleasant, and the service relatively prompt.
We opted to try the burgers – after all, that’s what Byron is famous for. Tom Byng, the original owner of Byron, created the burger restaurants in 2007, after working in New York for four years. There are now 53 active locations, with 33 of those based in London itself.
The Byron Burger and the Classic were our choices – each burger is made from a juicy blend of chuck, brisket and rib cap from British grass-fed cattle – a true taste of home, with excellent texture – meaty and firm, but still meltingly good on the palate. Both have the same delicious beef patty with lettuce, tomato and red onion, but the Byron burger has the addition of grilled bacon, Byron cheese, the famous Byron sauce and tasty pickles made in house. The sauce is their own ‘secret’, but tasted creamy with a slight spiciness, but not too much. The burgers themselves are yet another secret recipe and cooked to perfection.
The burgers come automatically with skin-on fries or a house salad, depending on whether you want to keep the calories down! The buns are soft, and not at all ‘doughy’ or chewy. If you are not a beef person, you can always have chicken – try the ‘Clucky’ – Buttermilk-fried chicken breast, smashed avocado, sriracha mayonnaise, pickled red onions, house pickles and lettuce. Vegetarians and vegans are equally well catered for – the ‘Beetnik’ looked particularly attractive on the next table – a Beetroot falafel patty, spinach, smashed avocado, tomato, pickled red onions, red pepper ketchup, rainbow slaw. Very creative and well presented. Do make sure to mention if you are a gluten-free eater – Byron will cater for you with a delicious bun.
We also tried the Buffalo Chicken Wings which are served with a blue cheese dip, again very tasty and surprisingly meaty. The Halloumi Fries and the Courgette Fries also satisfied our appetites (just upgrade the skin-on fries that come with the burger). There is something very satisfying about melted cheese sticking to your lips, but maybe not if you are on a first date!
Even though we were rather full by this time, we couldn’t resist the Oreo Cookie Cheesecake, once again made in house and served with chocolate sauce. Margarita cocktails completed our evening and we highly recommend them. All in all, Byron Burgers certainly has a place in the dining world, and what you spend isn’t too hard on your pocket.
A: 16-18, Beak St, Soho, London W1F 9RD
T: 020 7437 6138
W: Byron Burgers
Written by Rafa Zurita for Luxuria Lifestyle London and International