Finally finally finally I managed to venture to Byron Hamburger's new (at least it was in November) branch in Soho on the site of the former Intrepid Fox, a venue which has long been asking for a new owner.
I did fear that it might not live up to my expectations as it had been so long coming but I was impressed with both the quality of the patty and the general dining experience at Byron.
When the Soho branch first opened I tweeted @byronhamburger enquiring about the launch week but I was unable to make it due to work commitments. I was even more dismayed by Thomas' multiple visits without me due to the close proximity to Byron of his Sheraton Street office. Outrageous.
At last, a quiet work day when I managed to nip out for lunch. The cheeseburger with Gruyere and courgette fries proved well worth the wait.
The fries were piping hot and delivered later than the burgers and Thomas' regular fries. They were great though, a welcome alternative to the potato chip, I'm not a huge fan of skinny fries preferring the fatter kind so this was ideal for me, light batter and chunky vegetable, a side capable of making me feel virtuous even whilst eating a burger!
The burger itself was moist and cooked perfectly medium, with a nice char to the exterior, the lettuce, tomato and cheese all hit the spot providing crunch, juice and oozing melted dairyness. The toasted bun too did not offend me as it does others, it was good, though whilst I agree the use of brioche with seeds might be preferable, I do admire the fact that Byron stick to their guns where the bap is concerned.
Thomas had the Byron burger, with the addition of bacon, as he does each time he visits, we ate in virtual silence, always a sign of enjoyment. The service was competent and pleasant and despite the fact that the place was heaving, I was back at my desk within the hour, even with the 10 minute walking time to and from Covent Garden. As fine a burger as you're likely to sample anywhere in Central London. I'll definitely be back.
Byron Hamburger @ The Intrepid Fox
97 Wardour St