Byron At The Intrepid Fox
97-99 Wardour Street
Ph : 020 7297 9390
If anyone takes the time to recommend something to me (and they know how critical I can be ;-)), I always take up their suggestion.
A search of Byron website brings up a number of venue options in and around London, and the first impression you get on the main web page is that they are more than just another 'Burger joint'. Their website emphasises that they use grass fed Scottish beef from small farms, that their meat is freshly ground at 5am every day, and served on in-house baked buns.
Byron seems all about the genuine burger taste, freshly baked buns, aged beef, and not something that is just squeezed in a box or served with 60s background music.
So it was that one day, in-between World Cup games and trolling the West End for fine antique watch shops that, I took a break and visited the Byron's on Wardour St. This branch is in one of the more colourful neighbourhoods on the Byron list of venues.
This particlular branch has taken over an old classic corner pub, which has been gutted and refitted to an open contemporary interior. In recent times, these types of places have been put in the category of so-called "Gastro pubs" or "dining rooms". At times, these gastro venues seem to be more 'image' than food.
I kicked off the meal with a 'Brooklyn Lager', a darker lager than most, as recommend by the waitress, and a fine recommendation it was.
The menu isn't an extensive one, and of course it's all about the burgers.
I opted for the second item on the list - 'Cheese', with the choice of 'Mature Cheddar' (the other cheese options being Monterey Jack, Blue Cheese, Gruyère), and a side of fries.
On its arrival, the burger looked like the picture on the web site; impressive I thought, as so often what you see and what you get when you order turn out to be two very different things.
I went at it with a knife and fork, with a little bit of picking up in between.
Again, as Byron's web site promised, the bun was fresh and the burger very tasty and juicy. As they promise, it was medium pink, which is just the way I like my burgers.
The side of fries had that almost deep fried salty taste that you sometimes get with whitebait or fried calamari. A touch of mayo and ketchup and voila they were gone.
The end result scored a 'Yum plus'.
Exquisite combination washed down with a Cappuccino.