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Thoughts on Byron

So every time I see a blog post raving about Byron, I pretty much 100% of the time, absolutely disagree. Everyone loves Byron Burger and I'm always left scratching my head as to why.

Yes, they do a good burger, and they'll ask you how you want it cooked (medium rare, medium or well done), which admittedly brings a touch of finesse to the whole ordeal, but I'll be honest, I wasn't wowed by Byron. I first tried Byron around this time last year at their Soho branch, as an impromptu team lunch. I was so underwhelmed, I was actually angry afterwards. I believe I went for the cheeseburger but all I remember is that it looked tiny on the plate, the bun was dry and unremarkable and the burger itself? Well, I was just disappointed on the whole. And for £8+, I expect more from a burger.

So fast forward to yesterday, after countless rave reviews from Shay - he works close to a Byron - and a convincing speech on how I must have just been unlucky, we decided to give it a go before going to watch Jurassic World (which was amazing btw).


After perusing the menu for a little while, I decided to go for a Le Smokey burger, which boasts a 6oz hamburger, smoked cheddar, streaky bacon, crispy fried onions, shredded iceberg, pickles and smoked chilli BBQ sauce. Despite not being a massive lover of that fake BBQ flavour, I really enjoyed it because it had a lovely smokiness to it, I guess hence the name. I had my burger cooked medium rare, and it was delicious to be fair. I don't remember much of the streaky bacon but the crispy fried onions were such a good addition as was the iceberg and pickles. The smoked chilli BBQ sauce, was smokey as mentioned but did also have a lovely kick to it - I'm not afraid of chilli on any dish but it may have been too much for the more sensitive tongued.

We did also have a bowl of olives to start, while we waited for our burger to arrive (we didn't wait long at all) and then a bowl of skin-on fries to share, which accompanied our burgers.

Overall, for £30 including two beers, I'd have to admit that my opinion has most certainly been altered when it comes to Byron. I can honestly say I was stuffed after the meal and I did enjoy the burger. I still don't feel overly enthusiastic though because even thought the burgers are good, tasty and most certainly filling, I know I can get something more special elsewhere in London - as we all know the burger market is completely saturated at the moment. So although if I had the choice again, I wouldn't avoid Byron completely but I won't go out of my way to visit.

Is there anywhere everyone raves about but you can't see what all the fuss is about? Or anywhere you've changed your mind on? Let me know!