Location: On the first floor of One New Change is little burger restaurant called Byron (no doubt overshadowed by Jamie Oliver's Barbacoa), one of chain of around 10 restaurants across London. Byron is a small, pine furnished space, spattered with mocha leather booths, but its charm comes from its huge open kitchen, from which loveliness is produced.
£10.50 (we went for the 'Big D' burger, and then accessorised it with bacon and cheddar)
Not bad at all. Nice solid bun, interesting mixture of salad, tomato, lettuce, onion and mayo. Presented 'bun on' with a massive slice of pickle, all resting on a piece of greaseproof paper on a plate.
Floury, yet nicely toasted bap. Good enough quality to hold together throughout the eating of the burger. As readers of this blog know, a poorly executed bun can bring the whole burger experience crashing down like a house of cards. I'm pleased to say this bun, while uninspiring, was of very good quality.
Really goooood. Impressive for just £10.50, the meat came out medium (it was a pretty thick burger and they didn't cook it any less than than that), full of flavour, a with a touch of juice dripping from the patty as I lifted it off the plate. And it's what you'd expect from O'Shea's butchers in Knightsbridge. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a meat win!
Nothing except a lonely slice of (really quite tasty) pickle. Although I did order a side of skin on chips, which were nice (reckon they were double cooked at least...).
Overall rating: 8/10
To sum up the Byron burger experience, I'd say: excellent quality meat, nicely made beef patty (if a little small), unimaginative bun but decent quality, decent bacon and cheese topping though miffed we had to pay extra for them. My dining companions both had Monterey Jack cheese with their Big D burgers, and found it pretty good as well. This is definitely a recommendation for this place - and if you are going for just a burger with no frills - you'd be hard pushed to get a tastier burger for just over £10.