Let’s address the elephant in the room first….yes, we know Byron is a chain. We still went, and yes, we thoroughly enjoyed it.
With burger places popping up all over the place in Edinburgh, we are always keen to try places and compare them to one another. After all, a good burger is one of life’s great pleasures.
We were invited to try out the city’s newest burger joint, Byron Burger Edinburgh. I had visited Byron in London many years ago, and while I remember hugely enjoying it at the time, the taste had faded from my memory.
After studying at Brown University, founders, Tom Byng’s quest to introduce the Brits to the perfect American burger has resulted in a massive 58 restaurants and counting. Yes, it’s a chain. Yes, it’s huge. Yes, it’s growing. However, the ethos remains the same; do one thing, and do it properly – and that it does.
The menu is simple, a variety of no-nonsense burgers, sides and milkshakes. There is something for everyone and the fuss-free, friendly atmosphere is relaxed and inviting. Staff are casual and approachable, and, in our experience, most helpful.
The milkshakes (or ‘Hard Shakes’, served with a shot of bourbon), were all too tempting and we settled on a chocolate shake (sans booze) – to share. The calorific drink was delicious and very indulgent – just as a milkshake should be.
While I opted for a ‘Proper Byron’ with a side of Courgette Fries, my partner went with some sweet potato fries and the brand new ‘Bunzilla’, launched that very day. The hamburger, inspired by a trip to Japan, was coated in a light soy glaze, topped with miso-roasted bacon, a crispy onion ring, shredded white cabbage, wasabi mayonnaise and pickled cucumber.
Although very different, both burgers were equally delicious. The kick of the wasabi mayo was a beautiful balance to the sweet glaze and a perfect match to the crispy, sweet potato fries. My burger was also delicious; the perfect size, cooked beautifully (medium and juicy), the right amount of cheese and topped with a soft bun. What more could you need? Oh, courgette fries – of course. As recommended by our waiter, these were all dunked in a blue cheese sauce. So delicious, I fear they may become an addiction, I have thought of little else this week. In fact, I am tempted to go back again tonight for a serving of those crispy courgette delights. I mean, who would ever order chips again after trying these? Soft, juicy courgette in a light, crispy batter.
For all of you chain doubters out there, we would like to remind you that all beef is Scottish, ethically sourced everything else is made fresh, in-house.
Welcome, welcome, welcome to Edinburgh, friend.