Jan 28 2011
Adrian Seal eats at Byron, part of a fast growing hamburger chain across London. Byron, 242 Earls Court Road. SW5 9AA. Tel: 020 7370 9300. wwwbyronhamburgers.com
You don't expect a fine dining experience when you go to an American style diner for a hamburger but there is no reason why it can't be a highly enjoyable eating occasion.
And that was the case when I visited the recently opened Byron in Earls Court, which is one of 13 restaurants in the chain's growing empire in the London area including King's Road and White City.
Relaxed surroundings and faultless food complimented by service that came with a big smile left me vowing to return to a Byron in the near future.
It is a lot more than a humble hamburger joint and certainly delivers on its vision which is to keep serving proper hamburgers the way they should be.
The Earls Court restaurant is on the site of Old Dino's which, for those of you who can remember, was part of the Earls Court Road landscape for many years, and a well loved local eating establishment.
Byron has retained part of the feel of the old place and added a few of its own design elements. It's not glamorous by any means but is certainly functional and from the galley style seats down one side you can almost see your burger sizzling before your eyes.
And the occasional rumbling of trains underneath your table as they pull in and out of the busy Earls Court station adds an interesting dimension to the eating experience.
Although the menu also includes a choice of four appetising looking salads for me the whole idea of going to Byron was to taste their renowned hamburgers.
I selected the Byron which came with dry cure bacon, mature cheddar and Byron sauce (£8.75).
My partner went for the Skinny – a bun-free classic with side salad (£7.25) and we ordered a side of skinny chips.
All the burgers are cooked medium unless you request otherwise – you are usefully informed of this when ordering - and served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle and mayonnaise in a fresh soft bun.
Both burgers delivered big taste and were simply delicious, worthy of any top restaurant. This was quality, tasty mouth watering meat – which is sourced from Scotland – and delivered the promise of doing 'a simple thing properly.'
I was even persuaded to finish off with the famous Byron cheesecake (£.4.75) which I was told has gained quite a reputation with diners
Was I impressed?. Yes, I am not usually a cheesecake lover but the soft white chocolate filling just melted in my mouth and the tangy fruit coulis complimented it perfectly.
Not to be outdone my partner ordered the Knickerbocker Glory (£4.75) and was in ice cream heaven for the rest of the evening.
We enjoyed a Italian Cabernet Sauvignon Le Vigne Veneto – a well priced wine with our meal.
Byron is a fast growing chain that delivers good food at affordable prices and is well worth a visit, especially if you are looking for some of the best hamburgers in town.
· Following the success of last year's Big D, Byron is listing Big D throughout February at all sites, except Kingston, as a one month special priced at £10.50. Big D is a delicious 8oz hamburger from prestigious butchers O'Shea's of Knightsbridge.