A good burger is a thing of beauty, a satisfying, messy manifestation of all things wonderful and there are only a few things culinary that can be relied on to do their job as effectively. I have been craving a good burger all week – a simple no fuss proper burger, and trust me they are hard to come by, especially in Manchester. So I decided to drag Seb and Jake to Byron Burger to see what they had on offer and I was definitely not disappointed. Yes, Byron Burger is a large chain with restaurants all around the country but so what? They know how to make a good burger and that’s exactly what I wanted – a good unpretentious burger that’s not too heavy on my pockets.
We went to the Byron in Manchester on a Saturday night and it was crowded (as expected) but we were seated promptly and didn’t have to wait – I wasn’t complaining as it was freezing and I was more than happy to be seated at a table close to the warm open kitchen. They do have a nice outdoor seating area which is really nice in the summer but I wasn’t going to risk that in January was I?
The restaurant setting is quite simple with an unfinished industrial look (read cheap) but it somehow works really well. I am not the biggest fan of the colour yellow and its variations but it surprisingly brings the ambience together at Byron. I even found a small cow sat on one of the vent openings which kept me thoroughly entertained through the meal.
As expected, you go to Byron for their ‘proper burgers’ and that’s exactly what we ordered – a proper Byron burger with dry cure bacon, mature Cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion and Byron sauce. You have the option of choosing how you like your burger done and mine was just perfectly medium rare as I had requested.
We also decided to try a special on the menu – the ‘Hot-A-Doodle-Doo’, a limited edition spicy chicken burger marinated and glazed in smoky hot sauce served with crispy onions, crinkle-cut pickles and iceberg lettuce with a hint of creamy ranch dressing. It is a welcome break from the beef heavy menu but I wasn’t the biggest fan if I am being honest – still a really good burger though. These burgers may look simple but they are absolutely full of flavour and should easily fill you up.
No trip to Byron is complete without a side of courgette fries – they are divine and I could easily munch through a few plates (which I did). I am not a big fan of potatoes (do not kill me) and this is a perfect alternative if you fancy something other the standard french fries or chips like me.
I love how simple menus are at Byron – its a no fuss menu with seven burgers on offer, which works really well for somebody like me who just can’t seem to choose from extensive menus! The simplicity can be even seen on the drinks menu with the wine categorised as Good, Better, Great and Best. We had a bottle of the ‘Great’ Malbec and it was errrm..great!
We decided to share the Banoffee Mess from the desserts menu and it was really nice – again a simple no fuss dessert which is just right like everything else at Byron. Do you see a recurring theme here? Simple and no fuss ? But that’s exactly what Byron is – a simple no fuss restaurant with great food!
I really like Byron Burgers – the staff are friendly, service is fast, its good value for money and the burgers are just really good! If you are looking for a delicious unpretentious burger, then look no further, Byron definitely delivers. If its good enough for Prince Harry and his girlfriend, then it’s good enough for me!
Have you been to Byron recently? What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.