Hands up who can eat TWO, yes TWO, 6oz medium-rare burgers in a bun? There’s more. Those two discs of British beef team up with bacon, pickles, lettuce, chipotle ketchup, honey-mustard sauce and Freddar cheese (£12.95)
Thank goodness the waiter in Byron Burger warned us that one 60z burger might just be enough. That didn’t stop us ordering the Father Cheesemas with fries (£2.95), coleslaw (£2.95) and a new addition to the menu, the Holy Macaroni (£4.25) (basically very naughty Mac and Cheese with a little chilli kick).
As a guest of a friend, I didn’t want to let my eyes rule my stomach but the Byron menu is so dangerously tempting. To be fair, we didn’t leave a huge amount and managed to make room for a milkshake.
The Freddar cheese is a Byron invention and is a combination of Cheddar, Parmesan and Red Leicester and it’s slapped on the hot burger to melt. There’s also a bacon version.
When the burger arrived it was massive. An all-glossy brioche bun held together (believe it or not) the aforementioned. When the sauces begin to break free, you just chow-on-down. There’s no time to mop up, eat it while it’s hot. Whilst you may look like a clown who’s put make up on with no mirror, no one cares because everyone looks the same. The joys of eating a great burger.
If you can manage two burgers then you probably have the appetite for their Oreo cheesecake (£4.95), made unsurprisingly of Oreos and more Oreos.
Now after all this, as I said, we still had time to squeeze in a shake. I haven’t stopped thinking about it. Split (thankfully) into two glass beakers, this treacle-thick, caramel laden, vanilla ice cream-rich drink had just the right amount of pretzel in it. Totally indistinguisable in texture, until you happened upon a small crunch. My advice is skip dessert and head straight for the Caramel and Salted Pretzel Milkshake.
We left, not over-stuffed, just comfortably numb but that maybe was a result of the Holy Macaroni.
Whilst I was a guest, this little lot came to £20.00 a head, without a tip. Not bad if you fancy a treat and your Christmas shopping arms need a well-earned break. If you’re near Carnaby Street, head to the Byron Burger branch on the corner of Upper John Street and Beak Street, fab food, great music and wonderful staff.