The Restaurant: Byron, The Loft, Westfield Shopping Centre, London W12 7GF
The Hungry Ones:
Gemma ordered: Byron Burger (dry cured bacon, mature cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion and Byron sauce), French Fries, Ginger Beer.
David ordered: Byron Burger (dry cured bacon, mature cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion and Byron sauce), French Fries, Strawberry Milkshake.
Trish ordered: Veggie (grilled portobello mushroom, roasted red pepper, goats cheese, baby spinach, tomato, red onion and aioli), Strawberry Milkshake.
Eating in a shopping centre is never a particularly thrilling experience, however when you work in this particular corner of West London, there is little choice for lunch. Byron has been something of a saviour in a land of pre-packaged sandwiches, fast food chains and chicken shops. The menu is the same in all of the 36 restaurants and, thankfully, they have stuck to a few simple classics and a good selection of drinks – it is very much ‘what you see is what you get’, but this need not necessarily be a bad thing. I rather like the burgers at Byron, and will often try the seasonal specials when they pop up on the menu, such as last year’s Mo Burger, the proceeds of which went to Movember, however I sometimes find the patties just a little bland. They are always cooked perfectly – when I order medium rare, I get medium-rare, but I can’t help but think a little extra seasoning would improve them enormously. I also have issues with the sloppiness of the toppings and the ‘Byron sauce’ is also a little bland, basically a lightly seasoned mayonnaise. That being said, the bread is excellent and holds together well and the fries, if you can manage them, are very good. If you’re in an unknown place and you spot a Byron, you know you can get a good lunch, but it probably falls far short of your favourite burger bar.