Aberdeen - Belmont Street - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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A night in Aberdeen always meant I was going to visit both Nando's and since this one closed at 10pm, I visited this first! This one on Belmont Street is just a five minute walk from the other one in Union Square, which means it's also a five minute walk from the train station and where cheap parking is (at Union Square). Union Square has three car parks which offer an evening rate of £1 (6pm-4am), otherwise it is priced at 2hrs/£2.50, 3hrs/£3.50, 4hrs/£4.50, 5hrs/£5.50, 6hrs/£6.50, 7hrs/£10.00 and 7hrs+/£15.00. There's a Cineworld in Union Square as well.

Arrived here at 8:15pm and there was a short five minute wait for a table as it was full. Dark blue leather is definitely the favourite choice in here. From when you enter in the middle of the restaurant there are six large dark blue leather booths running to the back of the restaurant and to the right of the entrance are two even larger booths. There's also a set of six six-seater tables pushed together and separated by table sauce stations running alongside the booths down the middle. Above the seating here is a long metal exposed air vent with long fluro tube style lighting hanging down from it. Right against the right hand wall is a long red leather banquette and above it are six or so large paintings, with gas style lampshades ort of things hanging above it.

There's more seating right at the very back, round the corner to the right just past the stairs. There's also seating outside right at the back - but didn't venture outside... The stairs take you up to the toilets - and the stairwell is nicely decorated with a pattern chipped out of the plasterboard - exposing the bare brick - in the shape of a face. Toilets are very clean, with a bright red door, lots of bright white tiling and little silver discs.

The food came in 9 minutes and on this occasion had the chicken breast fillet burger and chips. On this occasion is was very average. The chicken breast didn't nearly cover the bun and was on the thin side - but did have a good dabbing of sauce on it. The ciabatta was overdone slightly and pretty crunchy... The chips portion was fairly generous but they were a bit soggy and just tasted a bit off. Below average overall.

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