Last week we had the pleasure of sampling the new breakfast and brunch menu at Byron, at their recently transformed restaurant on High Street Kensington. Byron will be renovating all of their sites, with the Kensington branch being the first to receive its face-lift.
The design developments had massively improved the general atmosphere within the restaurant. It’s airy, spacious and a lot more sleek; with the friendly, vivacious staff extolling the virtues of their new and improved workplace.
The menu was developed by Byron’s food director Sophie Michell and inspired by the West Coast of America. About the new offerings, she says: “Historically, Byron was inspired by the diners of NYC and was very burgers, beers and bourbon based. I took a view that times have changed and we need a wider, more lifestyle-friendly menu. Nowadays, people want all-day dining, healthy options (including vegan), and a menu that caters for different diets. Also, LA and California have always inspired me. I love the produce-driven food and the eclectic, fresh flavours. They are also seriously ahead of food trends. When you are trying to redesign a known brand, the dilemma is keeping its identity, yet adding a new edge, so we are still Americana inspired, but a bit fresher and more modern. It made sense to me and I hope it does to our loyal customers.”
After being given an introduction to the menu by one of the very welcoming waiting staff, we settled on sampling one of every platter – it’s Christmas after all! The main breakfast/brunch menu is made up of six key dishes:
- Chicken & Waffles
- Ultimate Breakfast Butty
- Breakfast Tostada (v)
- French Toast (v)
- Veggie Butty (v)
- Roasted Mushroom Tostada (vg)
All of the dishes were well received: the Breakfast Tostada was beautifully colourful with a bit of a kick, the Breakfast Butty was gloriously meaty with uber indulgent American, thick-cut bacon and the French Toast incorporated a divine zesty lime curd and naughty salted caramel sauce. The Chicken & Waffles went down extremely well with the smallest member of the group who agreed that, whilst it sounded a little odd, the combination of chicken and waffles actually works! Hands down, though, the favourite dish of the group was the Veggie Butty, which was made up of grilled halloumi, roasted mushroom, fried egg, smashed avocado and smoked tomato ketchup. We would happily have ordered it again and again.
Because it’s a brunch menu there are, of course, Cocktails and Fizz options as well as a good coffee list. The coffee is all produced by Paddy & Scott’s who, with every bag sold, provide a free school meal for children in coffee growing regions. There is also a hefty kids menu including dishes such as waffles, sausage butties and French toast.
We’d highly recommend Byron High Street Ken as a destination for a girly brunch or for a family meal. The food is fun and varied, the atmosphere buzzy and the waiting staff extremely accommodating.
Byron Burger, 222 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 7RG