We were kindly invited to enjoy burgers at Byron after visiting Father Christmas in the centre's FREE grotto last week. You'll find the restaurant in the new Qube restaurant zone, just up from Thaikhun.
The children's menu is priced at a reasonable £6.50 for a main, side and a drink. Don't worry too much if your kids aren't burger fans as there are chicken nuggets, macaroni cheese and even a mini bean patty on the menu too. As well as a side, all children's meals are served with carrot and cucumber sticks too.
The starters at Byron are perfect for sharing and we opted for their tortilla chips served with dips of tomato salsa and guacamole - again, perfect for fussy kids as the dips were served on the side. This was quite a good portion for £3.75 and just the right amount between the 5 of us.
Onto the drinks and I couldn't resist the Byron lager which is brewed in Camden. It was served nice and chilled and is super easy to drink and nice and refreshing.
Steve opted for the Chocolate milkshake which was mammoth in size and although pricey at almost £5, we thought it represented good value as it was probably double the amount we would have expected. Milkshakes are made fresh on the premises and available in lots of yummy flavours including Orea, Reese's Peanut Buttercup and Salted Caramel alongside more traditional flavours. Steve said the milkshake was thick, creamy and everything you'd expect from a decent shake.
One thing I was super impressed with at Byron was the service - it was so speedy. I don't think intu Metrocentre is really the sort of place you visit for a long leisurely lunch or dinner, the restaurants are more of a place to stop between shopping or before a trip to the cinema so I like the fact that the service is up to scratch. There's nothing worse than knowing you have tickets to see a film and the service being painfully slow so you end up eating in double quick time. You won't have this problem at Byron.
We were really impressed with the children's meals - all fresh and plentiful and enough to fill our 3 hungry kids. I was surprised to see you get 9 chicken nuggets as most places would only offer 6 so top marks to Byron for this.
Onto the star of the show.....the burgers. I went for the Christmas special the 'Cheesemas No1'. Packed with two 6oz hamburgers, mature cheddar, smoked bacon and onion relish, onion ring, bacon island sauce and pickles. Burgers are served pink as standard at Byron (although you can request for them to be cooked through) and OMG this burger was just unreal! Maybe not one to order on a hot date as it's the sort of burger that you end up getting sauce dripping down your hands but if you're amongst friends, you seriously need to go for it. It was saucy, juicy and meaty - absolutely perfect.
Burgers are expensive here (mine was £12.95) and are served without a side so they are at the very top end of the burger bar experience. If you've got the cash though, it's definitely worth the money I'd say. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, you could try the classic hamburger which comes in at just £6.95.
Steve ordered the Smoky burger (a reasonable £9.95) - mature cheddar, streaky bacon, crispy onions, shredded iceburg, pickles and smoked chilli BBQ sauce. He loved it and said it was 'succulent, juicy and messy'.
We ordered 2 sides between us - the onion rings (£3.50) were good and fab for sharing with the kids but the bacon topped cheese fries (£4.95) were just the best. I dread to think how many calories were in them but they are a full on cheese and bacon fest. There was just the right amount to share between 2 although we both loved them so much that things did get a bit too competitive when it came to digging in.
We were all so full after our burger-fest that we couldn't squeeze in dessert. Jack insisted though - I don't know where he puts it all! Kids can add dessert for £2 and Jack went for the chocolate brownie which arrived in no time and was devoured in minutes.
I was expecting our bill to be huge but our family meal at Byron was around £70 which considering we ordered alcohol and some of the more expensive items on the menu, is pretty normal for us and I wouldn't say that Byron isn't actually as expensive as I first imagined.
We left Byron to watch Fantastic Beasts at the nearby Odeon and we were so full that we could walk straight past the pick n mix. We'll definitely be heading back to Byron soon as I have been craving those hamburgers ever since!
Disclosure | We received a complimentary meal at Byron.
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