BY GREGG LOPEZ / Byron Hamburgers on Kings Road is a sleek and decadent place to eat; its interior offers more in the way of decor than you would expect from what is ostensibly a fast food joint and definitely makes for a more pleasing dining environment.

The A&M masthead opted for a night out at Byron’s instead of the traditional Christmas dinner, thinking it would cover everyone’s dietary requirements and was more in keeping with our younger team members, plus, let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy a posh burger? We were welcomed by Lauren and her stellar team who were in charge of our Christmas Party of 10.

For starters, we went all out and ordered nachos loaded with salsa, guacamole and sour cream drizzled with delicious melted cheddar. We had decided to add some sparkle to our night and ordered Prosecco which glitzed up the meal.

The more traditional among us opted for craft beer, which includes Camden (who teamed up with Byron to create an exclusive special brew to compliment their menu) and my favourite — Sierra Nevada.

The selection of ‘proper’ hamburgers satisfied all of our guests’ requirements. The veggies were treated to, I was told, the best veggie burgers in London. You can choose between a mushroom or a bean patty; both are excellent. The carnivores and California burger snobs at the table were impressed with the quality of the meat and fresh ingredients. Those with a fiery tongue were treated to the excellent chilli burger, while those with less adventuresome taste buds were enticed by the classic burger with a grand selection of cheeses including bleu, Monterey Jack, Emmental, cheddar or Freddar(™). Yum.

Oh, and the sides: both the sweet potato or regular fries, with and without melted cheese and bacon, were to die for. The mac and cheese and wedge lettuce were worthy substitutes as well, but the real star of the table was the courgette fries which are an absolute must and disappeared very quickly.

To finish off the evening ‘proper’, we imbibed in the lushest cocktail innovation since piña coladas were discovered. Indeed, I’m talking about the Hard Shake. Being unaware of such an amalgamation, I was delighted to discover that it mixed my two favourite libations: real milk shakes and top shelf whiskey. Wow! Exceptionally concomitant  flavours to some white chocolate cheesecake and chocolate brownies. I could barely choose.

Overall this was a fabulous evening we left feeling full and merry. It may not have been your traditional Christmas ‘dinner’ but it made for a traditional party for sure.

– Gregg Lopez