18th Street - James RYN Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Additional Comments - This will make you stand out in the competition! Unique aspects? Student discounts? Parking tips?: 

Parking depends on if you can find a space at one of the nearby meters. Expect to pay usual city parking prices though.

This was my first Nando's in the USA and I have to say I was very impressed. They have clearly copied the UK format closely, and the usual Nando's essentials such as being told about the ordering system took place.

Decoration was very familiar, and the menu almost identical to UK branches. With pricing they seemed to have kept the same numbers but just changed the £ sign to a $ sign. This resulted in a much cheaper Nando's than usual!

I went for my usual - wrap, rice, chips, quarter chicken breast. The wrap was noticeably nicer than the UK and had clearly been more lovingly prepared. As for the chips (fries), they were skin-on which is usual in the USA but I prefer mine without. The rice wasn't as nice as the UK - something I also found when trying Nando's in Cyprus. The quarter chicken was essentially identical to those at home. Other food sampled by my party included pitta and salad, both of which went down very well. Also I nearly forgot to mention - the peri-salt is on the table!!!! Nando's UK please learn from this. It is such an obvious move!

I would definitely visit again and wish Nando's luck in their expansion on the East Coast!

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