Simple burgers are back with the opening of Byron Burgers!! Orginally from London, Byron Burgers have the philosophy of serving up a more humble hamburger. This was music to the ears as I’m a bit fed up of seeing menus trying to be inventive and going over-board with a multitude of toppings, I prefer burgers which aren’t too fussy, because a great burger doesn’t need it I think.
A number of months ago when I heard there was another influx of burger joints opening in Leeds, with the likes of Meat Liquor and Byron, amongst others I sighed a heavy sigh. We have so many in Leeds right now and I’m still unsure whether we have enough space and stomach for them all. So, whatever my thoughts and opinions on this, the other half and I went to see if the food was any good, simple as that.
For a while the re-fit for Byron was hidden behind a facade, which when unveiled revealed itself with a modern industrial feel. Lots of vents and pipe work on show, bare walls and the space was bright and open plan. Burgers are prepared and dished up in their open kitchen, surrounded by a marble topped wooden counter it looked great.
They have a no-frills menu, and I mean it in a completely positive way, keeping it simple and wanting to make the ingredients speak for themselves. As much as that’s a total cliché, its true here. Their burgers are made with Scottish beef, which the server quickly stated from the off that they’d be cooked medium, absolutely fine by us, as that’s the way we like them! For those not wanting a carb heavy meal there’s also the Skinny and a selection of salads to tempt you. To keep the menu interesting they have a special which they change regularly, this months was called the World Cup inspired Ronaldo. After a few minutes of toing and froing we settled on a Byron and Chilli burger with french fries. It wasn’t really busy, so service from staff was quick in terms of ordering and from the kitchen.
The burgers looked really good; not ridiculously big, everything was in proportion and nothing fell out when you took a bite!
The burger was cooked accurately and was medium as promised, good to see a burger joint delivering in this department. The patty was juicy, had bags of flavour and was well seasoned. I liked the fact that the toppings were kept simple and well considered, such as cheese that was completely melted, no horrible solid bits overhanging the patty, which I do not like. A soft bread bun that mirrors the diameter of the patty, thinly sliced tomato and red onion, crisp lettuce, a decent covering of Byron sauce and finally bacon that was beautifully crisp! Oh, yes I forgot about the fries – crisp, golden and was portioned up well.
The other half’s chilli burger was VERY well received; perfect patty, perfectly melted cheese and chopped green chilli providing heat that was definitely noticeable, but not enough to make you breathe fire.
However much I wasn’t sure about the place, and whether there are too many burger joints in the city centre, in terms of the food it was great! The other half, whose a bit of a burger connoisseur said they are amongst some of the best he’s had, that’s pretty good going I reckon.
The total cost for 2 burgers with fries and 2 soft drinks was £29.20, not including a tip. Yeah, it’s not cheap, but it’s definitely amongst the best we’ve had in Leeds.I’d recommend Byron Burgers! Food: Tasty and well cooked. Nice, simple menu that thankfully isn’t pretentious!! Service: Friendly staff and quick service. Atmosphere: Even though it wasn’t really busy, there was a nice buzz in the restaurant. I always like an open kitchen, it adds to the feel and character of the place. Byron Burgers 9a Lands Lane Leeds LS1 6AW http://www.byronhamburgers.com