Intu Metrocentre has recently become one of the best places to go for food in the North East. Having opened 11 new restaurants over the past few months in their ever growing food court, there's now options to have Thai, Mexican, Italian and so much more after your shopping spree. 

I'm partial to a burger or two, so when Byron announced they were opening in the Metro Centre, I knew it wouldn't be long before me and Ray were there for our meat fix.
Byron say they started with a simple mission; to do one thing and do it properly - burgers. They serve simple, juicy, delicious hamburgers made with the best ingredients possible. If burgers aren't your thing, there's also chicken, veggie and salad options to choose from plus the amazing drinks and desserts lists.

The decor of the new restaurant is amazing; the teal, yellow and purple colour scheme against the white walls and wooden floors is really eye catching, and the industrial ceilings with exposed piping and a mixture of modern lamps look amazing. There are booth seating areas plus tables and chairs inside and outside the restaurant, neon signage and an open plan kitchen area - I love being able to see who's making my food and when it's coming.

When we visited it seemed pretty quiet, with only about eight other tables taken and we were given the choice of where we would like to sit.
We ordered our drinks; I went for Soda Folk Cream Soda, which at £3.25 for a can seems hugely overpriced, although it was really tasty and Ray had a famous Byron strawberry milkshake, thick, ice cold and made with fresh strawberries for £4.75, again pricey but probably better value than the can!

Having eaten at Byron a few years ago in Liverpool, we knew we were in for a treat when it came to the burgers... Byron claim to serve 'proper hamburgers' with the burgers themselves made of four prime cuts of British beef ground freshly into patties, served in a squishy bun with a pickle on the side.

I chose the Smoky Burger; a 6oz hamburger served pink, mature cheddar, streaky bacon, crispy fried onions, shredded iceberg, pickles and smoked chilli BBQ sauce with skin on chips. Ray opted for the Chilli Burger; a 6oz hamburger, green chilli, American cheese, shredded iceberg and chipotle mayonnaise with sweet potato fries.

Considering how quiet it was, service was very slow... We waited around fifteen minutes to order, the drinks soon arrived but then we waited a further 40 minutes for our food. The staff were very polite but were using the excuse that it was much busier than expected which was causing our wait and told us there was only one chef... I'd hate to see how they would have managed if the place had been full!

When the food arrived it was definitely worth the wait. My burger was packed with flavour, the beef was cooked perfectly and was really juicy when I bit into it. The sauce and cheese were delicious and the fried onions gave a lovely crunch to each bite.

I'd definitely recommend Byron, it's so much better quality food than what you will get at Five Guys (which has also just opened in the Metrocentre) and I'll most likely be back really soon, I just hope I get my food a bit faster next time!
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