Burger Index: Byron (Islington)
Forget about foie gras. Knowing your burger onions is the sign of a true gourmet. However, finding a good burger is quite like finding a good woman. So complex, so illusive and so many variables that can go wrong. But when you find a goody…oh boy!
This is the story of one man’s search for the best bit of pattie in town.
Exchange: Byron (Islington)
Platform: Succulent patty
Spread: Home-made soft bap
Commodities: Pickles, tomato and red onion
Derivatives: Skin on chips or fries
Analysis: Byron is the new chain on the block, but with only ten restaurants let’s call it a boutique chain. Service is intelligent and really friendly – but who cares? What about the beef? I greedily ate two. One medium the second rare – burgers are better medium. The juicy beef and bun (slightly buttered) is a cut above anything else on the high street and fantastic value. I added some tangy BBQ sauce and chilli sauce for extra kick. A really great burger! I didn’t rate the chips (too burnt) or fries (too standard frozen) though. Shakes are great, some interesting beers – pity about the dull wines. All in all a very respectable score – for a boutique chain!