What better way to start the weekend when the sun has shined endlessly than to dine al fresco and indulge.
We were very flattered here at I Love MCR to be invited down to do the very first review of Byron, home of the proper hamburger.
“They recommend the burgers are cooked medium…”
Having taken over the former Presto restaurant off Deansgate, Byron has given it a sunshine yellow make-over with plenty of outside seating. The name actually means ‘by the cow shed’ apparently and it’s not named after the club-footed poet who was the Justin Bieber of his day.
Using the best Scottish beef that has come from proper farms where the cows are happy, the patties are 100% beef, with the philosophy being at Byron of doing one thing properly and well. They recommend the burgers are cooked medium but will let you have them cremated on sufferance.
The prices rival Nandos with a classic burger starting at £6.75, in fact all of them are under a tenner.
There are veggie, skinny, chilli, cheese and chicken burgers to choose from and you can add bells and whistles in terms of sauces and other yummy sounding morsels at £1.60 a pop.
Wines start from £4.10 a glass and there’s also a range of ‘craft’ beers to choose from £3.95 – Prosecco is £23.50
We took our burger babes and boys to try out the menu and give their burger rating.
We whet our appetite with iceburg wedges and tortilla’s with fabby guacamole and pico de gallo.
Most of us opted for the Byron burger which was perfect and moist, with a taste explosion in every mouthful. Its packed with bacon, onion, lettuce and cheese as well as purely beautiful melt in the mouth beef. It’s a hearty dinner, the burger was as big as my head and as big as one of Emmavivas’ best assets, making me feel completely full.
I dipped into sides that included chunky chips, onion rings that were divine and simply fabulous fried courgettes.
EmmaViva loved the mac cheese side which was ‘awesome’, Flat Cap had the chilli burger which he said was rustic and filling with a wonderful spicy afterbite.
We also tasted the veg burger, which was delicious, substituting beef for an enormous mushroom, gorgeous with melted goat’s cheese. I loved it and it’s good to see a veggie burger that gives as good as its meaty brothers.
There’s a choice of five desserts, again on the principle that more is less in terms of doing things well and they’re around a fiver.
We ordered all of them to share and taste – Byron is famed for its chocolate brownies and they didn’t disappoint.
The Eton Mess was a schoolboy’s dream, while the rocky road with malteasers was an indulgent spoonful and the caramel sundae a crunchie delight.
Then it was on to Grillfest and after that, the launch of BBQ and new cocktails at the Liquor Store, but that’s another story.
On the I Love’o’meter
We fell in love with Byron. It’s an absolute steal at these prices and a great new eatery for the city.
Byron Hamburgers Manchester, 115 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2NW
0161 832 1222