Restaurant Review: Byron Hamburgers and the BIG D in Gloucester Road
I’ve been to Byron before. Indeed you’ve probably been there before. My earlier review is here but in summary my thoughts at the time were good burger, great sides.
It is not, and will not ever be a
great burger place as it doesn’t have the set up to be. It is a franchise, it has multiple locations, it has multiple chefs. That said, the quality is consistently high and it is streets ahead of the other burger chains in London. If there was one located a bit further East than Wardour Street I would be a lunchtime regular.
Then they introduced the Big D. This was their attempt to muscle in on Hawksmoor (reviews here and here) and try and wrestle away the title of “best burger in London“.
Well to cut through the 226g or 8oz Big D premium burger and get straight to the digestion stage of the review. It isn’t as good as Hawksmoor’s burger. Simple. It is, however, very good and nearly £5.00 less.
Mine was meant to come medium (as that is how they do them). It came nearly well done (see above). Jen’s came medium rare (see below). Her normal Byron burger was actually better as the taste was left intact by its rareness. That said, the bigger patty works for me, the meat from Jack O’Shea is great, the bun is good and the experience is still young franchise (i.e. efficent, polite and clean).
I like Byron, I really do. For a franchise is really top notch. But the same positive things about a franchise which give it reliability, mutliple branches and good prices also mean it will never do the “best burger in London” and in catering to the masses they are prevented from treating premium beef with respect and serving it medium rare.