Byron Burger

It’s Friday, it’s been a long week. That just means one thing, going out for food and a couple of drinks.

Tonight we fancied somewhere chilled and settled on Byron Burger, a relaxed burger chain that, as their logo states,  serves proper burgers.

We got there, were seated quickly and, like the kids that we are, both ordered one of their shakes. I went for the Reese’s peanut butter shake and Amy an oreo one, both were delicious, made with proper ice cream and so thick that you could eat them with a spoon!

Burger wise, Amy settled on a standard Byron Burger and I was a little more adventurous and went for their current special, the Cluckosaurux Rex. Each month or so they rotate these specials and you should always expect something a little different.

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The messy creation pictured above contained a fried chicken breast, onion ring, bacon, cheese, jalapenos, pickles, BBQ sauce and mayo. It was a bit difficult to eat and I ended up with hands covered in toppings but it didn’t matter as the flavours were great.

The only downside of the meal was the sides – I opted for the bacon and cheese fries (yeah I fancied being healthy tonight) and wasn’t that impressed to be honest! We also had a portion of sweet potato fries and these were unfortunately a little soft, I’m sure I’m not the only one that likes them crispy!

I’ve recently been to Almost Famous and couldn’t help but compare the two – despite a lovely meal with friendly staff, you still can’t beat Almost Famous in my eyes!

Where’s your favourite place for a burger? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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The best Thai food in Leeds?

Disclaimer – I will be quite likely to make regular statements like this is  ‘the best’ and ‘my favourite’… I haven’t explored everywhere in Leeds (yet) and just get a bit carried away.

Anyway, I went to Zaap for the first time about a year ago on the recommendation from a friend. I’ve since been back a handful of times and never been disappointed.

You walk in and will be greeted by one of the incredibly friendly members of staff. Whatever time or day I’ve been I have never seen it empty. Whether it’s a Monday evening or a Sunday lunchtime you should always expect a short wait for a table but with a great selection of drinks on offer you can always wait with a Thai beer!

Yesterday, being a Friday evening, it was super busy and we were told the table would be half an hour. We decided to pop a little further up Merrion Street for a cocktail in Pit (why not when they’re 2-4-1).

After a quick drink we timed it perfectly to return to the restaurant and be seated at our table, to the annoyance of a few waiting inside! We are still yet to sit in one of the tuk tuk tables but imagine you need to request them!

For the first timer, the menu might be quite daunting, with such a wide selection and the requirement to read past the Thai writing. Once you’ve worked out where the starters, rice dishes, noodles etc are then it’s more exciting than terrifying! 

I’ve previously ordered  the chicken massamam curry, which comes served with their trademark sticky rice! The curry is absolutely incredible and like all their food tastes really really fresh.

Yesterday I went for something a little different and tried the crispy belly pork. For only £8.50 you get a very good sized porition of meat, that was cooked to perfection. My only criticism is that with the rice as well it is quite dry. This is a personal criticism however, as I love a lot of sauce on my food, I tend to drown the majority of my meals.

I would absolutely not hesitate in recommending Zaap. A must try, you’ll be sure to return! 

As I said at the top, Zaap may not be the best, but it is bloody good. That said, I am always open to trying new places so just let me know where I should try.


A Full Yorkshire Breakfast

One of the best things about living in the city centre is that you are never more than a 5minute walk from a good quality meal. There is no better time to take advantage of this than on a Saturday morning. You’ve made it to the weekend and what better way to kick it off than a proper breakfast?! 

One such Saturday morning and we went out in search of breakfast and happened to stumble across Wapentake. Without meaning to you could very easily walk past this cafe, come bakery, come bar as it is sandwiched between an indescript hairdressers on one side and a tattoo parlour on the other.

Once inside and you instantly fall in love with the place. The staff are always friendly and the mismatched furniture gives off a vintage and antiquey vibe (if such a vibe even exists).

‘A full Yorkshire breakfast’ immediately jumped off the menu at me, partly because I love a full English but mainly because I’m trying to blend in as a Northerner. They boast on their website that they wanted to create a little piece of Yorkshire by combining a bakery, cafe and bar and if the breakfast is anything to go by then they certainly succeeded. 

 

The presentation is top class and with chorizo sausages and poached eggs to die for the taste does not disappoint. I consider myself a big breakfast fan and so this next statement will probably shock you, as much as it did me.

The best bit about the breakfast was the bread.

Yes, you heard me, not the chorizo sausages, not the perfectly timed eggs but the bread. Freshly baked on site each day they obviously put a lot of effort in to to ensuring the bread fits in with their taste of Yorkshire breakfast. I’ve since found out they also sell the bread to takeaway, I’ll definitely be back to get a loaf or two! 

I know what your thinking, this can’t get any better can it? Well it can, because the coffee they serve is some of the best in Leeds. True to form it’s sourced in Yorkshire, from Coffeecare, a family run business based in Skipton.

If you haven’t been to Wapentake I would definitely recommend trying it out and I’ll hopefully have a review of their evening offering soon!