Fast growing chain Byron Burgers has gained a loyal following in the 3.5 years since they opened their first branch, me included.
On a recent visit, we took our friend Gothick, who declared his classic Byron burger the best burger he'd ever had!
Byron's burgers are mighty fine and certainly blow competitors such as GBK (Gourmet Burger Kitchen) and Ultimate Burger out of the water. And Haché too, for that matter, with their ciabatta bun wrongness.
Burgers are moist and beefy. Accompaniments are simple (no scavenging hunt list of oddities such as peanut butter, onion bhaji, marmalade or pineapple, none of which I ever want to find inside my burger!). And the bun is plain white and doesn't disintegrate while you eat.
Lastly, those pickled gherkins are just perfect, though I'd prefer them in a sliced format I could have inside my burger, rather than alongside.
I'm also a big fan of the courgette fries, essentially zucchini fritti just like our local Italian restaurant makes.
And oh my, there were two very happy smiles about the new craft beer menu featuring a great selection of British and American beers.
Service was friendly, knowledgable and helpful.
If you're looking for a decent burger in Central London, I'd certainly recommend looking up your nearest branch of Byron.
Tiny niggle? Please remove one of the banquette tables along the front wall and spread the others out. Legroom at those tables is really tight.
Chime in with your thoughts on what makes the ultimate burger.