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The Veggie Review: Byron

Hi everyone!

Second year of uni is fast approaching so I thought it would be a good idea to resume blogging. One thing I regret is not blogging at all throughout my first year… even though I was actually looking forward to writing all about my experience! I guess I got too caught up in the new atmosphere…

Anyway, this isn’t another ‘I’m going to blog more frequently you guys, I promise!‘ post, it’s a veggie review. I’ll be reviewing a series of vegetarian options at various restaurants located in both London and Kent. I am aware that reviewing Byron may be unfair, considering they specialise in hamburgers but if there’s a veggie option, there’s a review.

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Restaurant: Byron

Type: Burger joint

Location: Covent Garden

What I’m reviewing: Mushroom burger

What’s inside: Grilled Portobello mushroom, goat’s cheese, roasted red pepper, baby spinach, tomato, red onion and aioli

Price: £7.95

 

 

Visually, the Mushroom Burger itself looked very appetising however the overall presentation of the plate was so-so. It could do without Byron’s signature wedge of pickle on the side and be replaced with fries or coleslaw, in my opinion. Moving on to the actual burger, the bun was squishy and fluffy but didn’t hold the components well enough to eat the burger without any fuss. The supposedly ‘grilled’ portobello mushroom wasn’t as smoky or flavoured as expected and was rather soggy, much like the peeled pepper which, by the way, I just had to remove. The goat’s cheese melted nicely with the spinach, tomato, onion and the hint of garlic from the aioli, but considering the main component is the mushroom, I was left slightly disappointed.

I only entered Byron with high expectations due to the hype surrounding the chain but whatever, at least the carnivores are pleased. On a serious note, I was surprised Byron even provided two seemingly appealing vegetarian options to begin with, the other being the Bean Patty, so I can’t complain that much. I just wasn’t blown away by the Mushroom Burger. I am, after all, a huge fan of mushrooms. In fact, I will definitely be trying the Bean Patty next time as the flavours in the whole burger did work quite well. If I replace the mushroom with a bean patty, I’m hoping it’ll be my preferred veggie alternative.

Rating: 3/5

 

-Lara, still alive

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Winter Treats: Moistest Brownie Ever!

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Let’s face it, life’s a lot better when you’re chewing a mouthful of fudgy chocolate gooeyness. I added Oreo biscuits and a scoop of Smarties ice-cream for the purpose of this rather adorable picture… Don’t judge.

For the brownies: http://brunchtimebaker.com/2014/06/09/super-moist-fudgy-brownies-with-chocolate-ganache/

For the ganache: “Bring cream just to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour over chocolate, and add salt. Let stand for 10 minutes (don’t stir — doing so will cool the ganache too quickly, making it grainy). After 10 minutes Stir with a whisk until smooth and shiny to break up any pieces and emulsify cream and chocolate. Chocolate will often settle on the bottom or sides of the bowl. Scrape dish with a rubber spatula to incorporate all of it. Let cool for at least 3-5 minutes and no more than 15 minutes before Pouring on the cooled cake.”

Tips:

1. I took the brownies out a little beforehand (I know it’s technically under baking the brownies) but I did that so they can continue to set whilst developing their flavour. I mean how else would you expect moist, gooey (godlike) brownies?

2. Let the brownies cool – or else they’ll end up having a runny consistency… unless you dig runny brownies.

3. Don’t make my mistake by covering your individual piece with your desired amount amount of ganache as the ganache WILL set overnight, so try to use as much of it as you can!

4. For sweeter brownies, I added a bit of powdered sugar as the semisweet chocolate was quite overpowering.

-Lara: lover of brownies, yet strangely skeptical of chocolate (please don’t ‘distrust’ me).