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Review: Byron, Leicester

Byron Burgers Leicester“Burgerlicious Byron”

Lord Byron said “A woman should never be seen eating and drinking unless it be lobster salad and Champagne.” I’d like to add burger, fries and a milkshake to that.

Once in a while you go to check out a restaurant and it’s just so good it’s the easiest job in the world.

Everyone who knows me knows how I feel about chains – I avoid them where possible, I’m simply not a fan, the food is often bland, middle of the road and at best boring.

So when I got invited to the new Byron in Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre, perhaps you’ll understand why I didn’t jump up and down with excitement.

Well I was wrong!

A perfect place for a Saturday lunch, with the family, or for a date, or with the girls (as long as they are the red meat and fries kind of friends). Actually I’d happily go on my own – who am I trying to kid?

The massive vanilla malt milkshake I ordered to start was possibly one of the most delicious things I’ve had as an adult, cold malty vanillary yuminess but I wouldn’t suggest the chocolate flavour if a) you want to eat anything afterwards b) you are not a huge chocolate fan – it’s very sweet and very chocolatey.

Byron has one special burger on the menu, which changes regularly. This month it was The Shady, so I thought I’d try it – a 6oz hamburger, crispy cheese, pickle relish, American cheese, onion and ketchup.

I also had a portion of delicious crispy French fries – try the hot pepper sauce on these, I can’t remember the brand but I had to mention it as it’s really good. As we have seen macaroni cheese appearing on menus in places more and more frequently in recent years I thought I should try some of that too, besides I had food envy when I saw it arrive at the next table.

The menu is pretty simple – 8 burgers, including a chicken and a veggie option, or for the fussy eater you can make you own combo so no complaints there. There’s four main course salads and three side salads, courgette fries, onion rings – all the things you would expect. All their burgers are made from Scottish beef served in a squishy bun with a pickle on the side.

My burger was just amazing – how have I got to my age without having crispy cheese? I asked for it rare (medium is standard) and it actually came rare – unlike in some higher end steak houses. It was just the right combination of flavours and textures – tasty beef, light bun, sharp pickle and tangy cheese and onion combination. The absolute must have is the macaroni cheese, this is worth fighting for. Creamy, cheesy and the ultimate comfort food, I’m hooked.

The staff are all friendly and efficient and eating there is exactly what it should be – plain and simple done very well. No fuss just great food.

Just one request from me – please open one in Birmingham! More on Byron Burgers Here

Kate Eccles review for ETM

Kate Eccles review for ETM

Invited review by Kate Eccles for ETM. Photos on iPhone. Follow Kate’s eats & tweets @KateEccles

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