The so called “beast from the east” is Byron’s latest invention, packing authentic Japanese flavours into a bun with ease. We headed to the Beak Street branch to try out the Bunzilla.

What is it?

Head chef, Fred Smith based the playfully named Bunzilla burger on discoveries from his recent trip to Japan. So what’s inside? First up, the 6oz patty is soy-glazed, adding a subtle sweetness to the meat. This is topped with miso-roasted bacon and an onion ring to add a bit of crunch to the occasion. The stand-out ingredient was the punchy wasabi mayonnaise atop a bed of shredded white cabbage. It’s all served in Byron‘s signature classic bun, creating the perfect blend of Japanese flavours and American charm. And we all love a good gherkin, but the homemade Japanese-style pickles on the side do the job.

On visiting, we discovered that the chefs at Beak Street were initially sceptical about the new Byron burger, wrinkling their noses at “soy” sharing the same sentence as “patty”. But this is a burger you simply have to try, upon tasting the chefs were all on board, and the burger has been a popular addition to the burger chain’s menu.

Best for…

Umami. The soy and miso flavours are a welcome Asian twist on the traditional American burger.

Don’t miss…

We couldn’t stop by without trying the brand new limited edition milkshake, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Byron is known for its giant milkshakes and this is no exception, with four scoops of vanilla ice cream, a splash of milk and two Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to create an extra-thick chocolate, peanut butter shake (the ultra wide straw comes in handy). Add a shot of bourbon or spiced rum to make it into a hard shake.

Where?

The Bunzilla burger is available from all Byron branches until 16 May. So act quick!

Byron | Click here to find your nearest branch | Bunzilla and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup milkshake are available ’til 16 May | £10.95 for the burger, £4.95 for the milkshake (+ £2.75 to go hard)

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