On Sunday I headed to Leicester with Charlotte (Charlotte Louise Thompson) to try out the newly opened Byron, situated just outside Highcross shopping centre. I'll be honest, I'm not the biggest burger fan, most burgers I find to be dry, over-cooked and lacking imagination, but I was really excited to give Byron a try after hearing some rave reviews and recommendations from friends, and when we were invited for a complimentary meal, I couldn't wait to see what Byron had to offer!
The venue itself is pretty big, and as you walk in the first thing you notice is the out-front kitchen. I love when kitchens are placed within view of diners, because I think it's brilliant to be able to see where your food is coming from and how it's prepared. With an immaculate kitchen and a team of dedicated Byron staff, it wasn't long before every seat was filling with couples, young friends, families - it's the kind of place you can go with anyone, and still feel welcome and comfortable.
For starters we opted to try both the Proper Olives and Tortilla Chips, deciding to share both starters so we could try everything that was on offer. The olives were huge, really fresh and tasted lovely (being Cypriot, I'm a big olive fan), and the tortilla chips had scrumptious toppings; I loved the guacamole and the salsa, both tasted fresh and vibrant with a slight kick and were absolutely delicious.
For my main it was a lot harder picking my burger than I thought - they all sounded amazing on the menu, with so many different tastes and flavours. I opted for the Smoky Burger, with smoked cheddar, streaky bacon, crispy fried onions, shredded iceberg, pickles and smoked chilli BBQ sauce. Heaven. The burger itself is from 3 year old beef from the Scottish highlands, minced fresh and cooked to medium, so that still shows the pink, juicy and succulent centre. Honestly, the burger was amazing, if I could have it again right this second, I'd be one very happy lady! The different textures of the lettuce with the crispy fried onions, the burger that was perfectly cooked; medium but with a slight crisp to the outside, the streaky bacon was absolutely spot on with a perfect crunch and the flavour added a really nice touch. Presented in a soft, squishy bun, it was easily the best and tastiest burger I have ever had. Ever.
But of course, you can't have a burger without sides! I opted for the Courgette Fries, which I think could be a new addiction. I've heard people going on about courgette fries for a few months now, one of the latest 'healthy alternatives' to potato fries, and I'd been wanting to try them for quite some time. If only Charlotte had taken a picture of my face when I tried my first courgette fry, it was like I was in a food heaven! I had mine with a Blue Cheese Sauce, which I think went really well with the flavour of the courgette fries.
The food was amazing, there's no denying that in the short time Byron has been at Highcross, it's become quite the popular foody location, with a spacious and modern space, incredibly welcoming, friendly and upbeat team and beautiful flavours. I wouldn't hesitate in visiting Byron again, and plan on taking my partner there soon who is a huge burger fan and would love it! I think I'll be dreaming of those courgette fries until I have them again.
If you're in Leicester soon and want the perfect burger, head to Byron - you won't be disappointed!