When a restaurant’s whole ethos is ‘Do one thing, and do it properly’ you’re really hoping that they live up to it and do that one thing really well. At Byron they offer you the chance to eat really good hamburgers and to be honest not much else, but then why would you want anything else?
The restaurant in Milton Keynes is inside thecentre:mk shopping centre and has a modern fresh feel about it. Lots of booths and canteen-style seating on hard floors. The kitchens are quite open to the public so you can see the chefs at work creating their masterpieces. We were seated in a booth and we’d taken our three year old with us, who was happily given some crayons and an activity sheet to keep him occupied. The waitress was really friendly asking if we’d eaten at a Byron before. She explained that anything on the menu can be changed or done your way, the burgers are cooked medium, so pink in the middle, but you can ask for them cooked differently – all reassuring.
The menu is not huge, the range of starters (two), makes me think that the burgers are probably going to fill us up and really we shouldn’t bother...but we ordered some olives to keep us going. On the drinks menu we had to try the milkshakes and they didn’t disappoint. They are huge, served thick American-style and in cold metal containers.
So on to the choice of burgers, not a massive amount to choose from, five different burgers including a cheese burger, chilli burger, The Byron and The B-Rex. There is a chicken burger and a veggie burger if you’re not into red meat. We went for the cheese burger, and took time deciding between the five different types of cheese on offer, before going for Monterey Jack. Our second burger choice was The B-Rex which basically has the works, 6oz hamburger, onion ring, crispy smoked bacon, American cheese, jalapeños, pickles, onions, BBQ sauce and mayonnaise – can’t go wrong really. The burgers don’t come with chips but you have a choice of sides including French fries, homemade skin-on chips, courgette fries and onion rings.
If you don’t fancy a burger they do offer a range of main course salads including a classic chicken Caesar salad and a couple of veggie options with a ranch avocado and a delicious sounding roasted butternut squash, feta and lentil salad.
The children’s menu is also good; a choice of a burger, chicken burger or macaroni cheese served with chips, plus a drink and a dessert for £6.50. The portions were a good size and the mac ‘n’ cheese went down really well.
When our burgers arrived we were impressed, they were pretty simple just served with pickle on the side but boy, did they taste good. And we really liked the fact they were served in a squishy bun, one you could squash down and then get your whole mouth around. The burgers were absolutely delicious, very juicy and tasty and really did fill us up but not quite enough that we couldn’t manage dessert.
Four choices on the dessert menu and we went for the Caramel Honeycomb Sundae and shared it between us, which again was massive and very, very good. After that we were beaten, we couldn’t even manage a coffee.
As the name suggests Byron does do really good hamburgers, in fact, some of the best we’ve ever tasted. There isn’t a huge choice but, to be fair, how much choice do you need. We’d definitely recommend Byron either to grab a quick bite to eat at lunch or to go stuff yourself silly at dinner; either way you definitely won’t be disappointed. They do one thing and they do it really well.
A full children’s menu is available.
Restaurant is all on one level including a disabled toilet. Access to the restaurant can be from either inside or outside the shopping centre.
Daytime parking can be difficult and costly (pay and display). Evenings, after 6.00pm, there is plenty of parking available and it is free.
Outside dining area available.