Cheesemas at Byron Hamburgers, Manchester Piccadilly
The festive jumpers are out, the delicious smell of frankfurters fills the City and Michael Bublé has defrosted….it can only mean one thing….cue Noddy Holder….IT’SSSS CHRIIIISTTTMAAASSS!!!
This year, I’ve made it my mission that when I dine out, it’s always at a restaurant that I’ve never previously tried. With my upcoming trip to New York, I had been craving a good burger for a few weeks, so when deciding to go out for tea, a burger joint was the requirement. To fit with the festive theme -we were spending the afternoon at the Christmas markets- I hoped on Bookatable to find a suitably festive menu.
Byron Hamburgers, located in Piccadilly Gardens are offering their ‘Cheesemas’ menu for those wanting to enjoy a festive treat. It includes a main- including the whopping ‘Holy Cheesemas’ burger, which comes with lashings of cheese, obviously- a side, a while you wait (starter) or dessert and a drink for £17.50.
The menu featured a decent amount of choice and is great value, with a saving of around £6 each.
We booked a table for 7:30pm, giving us plenty of time to wander around the markets and enjoy a cherry cider or 2.
Upon arrival, there was a long queue of eager diners waiting to be seated for a table, but we were quickly sat down once I mentioned we had booked, crossing my name off a sheet of paper.
We’d already decided what we were having 3-5 working days before the meal, but after a few minutes of pretending to look at the menu, we ordered our meal. To get the best of both worlds, we decided on sharing a while you wait and a dessert. It is worth noting that I mentioning that I ordered each course at this time.
Being the rosé queen I am, I was secretly disappointed there were none on the menu, but a white wine was welcomed. Our starter of Halloumi Fries arrived soon after the drinks and are served with a portion of smoked chilli bbq sauce. It was at this moment I was so glad we had decided to share as the portion was huuuuge and well worth the £5 price tag on the normal menu.
Straight after demolishing our halloumi, our mains came out. I went for the Byron, a Beef patty, bacon, mature Cheddar, shredded iceberg, tomato, red onion and the signature Byron sauce, served on a Brioche bun. Kim opted for the Clucky, Fried chicken breast, smashed avocado, sriracha mayonnaise, pickled red onions, pickles and shredded iceberg lettuce, also served on a Brioche bun. We got fries with both ours, but there is the option to upgrade to sweet potato or courgette fries for £1. If you’re feeling extra hungry, you can also add an extra patty for £2.50.
Now, the server did recommend the beef patty come pink, but I am that person that hates anything slightly bloody, so asked for it well done. I’m not even being dramatic when I say that this burger was the nicest burger I have ever, ever eaten. Kim agreed and said hers was really good too, and that we should go back again.
Unfortunately, this is where things went a little down hill. The server came and took our plates away and asked us if we were ready for our dessert. Of course, we said yes, as the thought of Chocolate Brownie had been on our minds all day.
Over 45 minutes had passed and we were still waiting. Every time we would try and catch the server’s eye, he would look away. Eventually, he came over and asked us if we wanted anything. We said we were waiting on dessert and he replied “Was it me you ordered with, what is it you want?” and when we said Chocolate Brownie, he said that this has ran out.
We were quite disappointed by this as the only other option available we didn’t like and we had ordered the dessert at the start of the meal so if it had run out then, it should have been mentioned.
He apologised and brought our bill over to our table in silence and never came back, leaving another server to take our payment.
Overall, even though our visit ended in a negative way, it wouldn’t stop me from visiting Byron Hamburgers again.
Their Christmas menu is great if you’re after a good, tasty burger and some INCREDIBLE halloumi fries. The value for money is great if you receive all of your courses and is perfect for anyone heading out for a casual meal after a bit of Christmas shopping!