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|Address:||46 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB|
|Tel:||020 7729 1416|
|Price: £29.00||Wine: £14.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 11.30pm-11.30pm (Fri-Sat -12N Sun -11pm)|
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Robotic staff, lifeless menus and painfully average food. It stings to face the harsh reality of chain restaurants taking over our streets. The transition from Luxembourg to the UK made me realise I took the traditional little French cafés for granted. Now finding an independent restaurant in Britain is as tough as reaching the tube platform at Oxford Circus during rush hour.
Discovering your newly found restaurant is a chain is always disheartening. For a devoted foodie, if there are more than 3 locations it’s generally a no-go. But, is it possible we have jumped the gun and unfairly stereotyped chains? Surely there has to be a few out there that season their dishes. One evening, I left my judgments at home and joined friends for dinner at Byron, an established burger chain. Interested to see if I would get bang for my buck, as the American’s say. I will also reveal, I have been back many times since.
With restaurants around London’s main hubs Byron has a consistently tasteful décor. Elevated versions of American diners with a modern & edgy twist. We nibbled on Tortilla Chips with tomato salsa and guacamole whilst choosing between the 7 burgers on the menu. 5 beef, 1 chicken and 1 vegetarian option – it is clear you are having a burger at Byron. Although it is hard to mess up something as simple as chips and dip, that salsa deserves some recognition, as it was peak-fresh.
As a heat-lover, I had the Chilli Burger, green chilli, American cheese, shredded iceberg and chipotle mayonnaise. I asked to substitute the American cheese for Cheddar, as when I eat cheese it’s a go hard or go home moment. It should be done right. Added a Portobello mushroom topping and a side of Coleslaw, as always. Friends went for the Byron, dry cure bacon, mature Cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion and Byron sauce with a side of Courgette Fries and Vanilla Ice Cream Float, scoop of vanilla with Sprite.
Good service and good food. That’s probably the best way to describe Byron. Burgers cooked to your preference and mine was perfectly medium-rare. Would have liked some more chipotle mayonnaise but I probably could have ordered that as another side. Decent coleslaw on the crunchy side and the courgette fries are real crowd pleasers though a little soggy in my opinion. Definitely ones to dip in a bit of chipotle mayonnaise or Byron sauce.
A big step (or two) up from Nandos, Byron serves honest burgers at an honest price with spacious venues ideal for larger groups. This is my burger chain of choice.