Baker Street - Elliott Waters Review
The location for #RYNspicy16, Baker Street Nandos. An outlet I have visited previously, but not reviewed, and where I picked up my Nandos card!
Approaching the outlet, there is a small seating area outside, and very large windows allowing plenty of light to get in. Entering the outlet, I was greeted by a friendly Nandoca, who advised me that the RYN party had already begun downstairs! I immediately headed downstairs, in search of the RYN clan. The outlet is split on two levels, the ground, and the basement level. The ground level is fairly large, with tables in the windows, and split tables along the left hand wall, and the till point and stairs to lower level on the right. Heading down the small staircase, you enter an open area facing a till point. There are long straight booths capable of seating 8 people along the middle, with normal seating on the right hand side, and circular booths on the left hand side. Excellent for a Nandos party.
Greeted by the RYN master himself, I joined the group, and after introductions, and the raffle, it was time to order. As there were quite a few of us, a queue built up at the till point fairly quickly, which was managed well. The Nandocas were both smiley and happy, and dealt with the queue as quickly as they could. The order itself was fine, with everything being completed fairly easily. Starters and extra sides were offered, but turned down, as you've got to leave room for dessert. Overall, a wait of around 10 minutes to take the order, with the order itself being processed in a few minutes.
Returning to the table, a perfect time to reflect on the decor of the outlet. As we were in the basement, there was no natural light, but plenty of spot lights illumined the areas, but not too much that you were dazzled. Wood flooring and a black ceiling added to the Nandos experience, not being too "clinical" in feel. Our table was one of the centre wooden booths, which are raised up from the floor level. Plenty of room for eight, and plenty of room on the table for multiple plates and multiple Nandos connoisseurs. Between the centre booths, there are Nandos artefacts, including vases, with Nandos artwork on the walls. Overall, a fairly well presented outlet and a fairly clean one too.
My meal arrived after a 15 minute wait, to be expected with the large rush at the tills, along with the other customers in the outlet. Sadly for some others in the group, their meals took considerably longer to arrive. The food was nice and hot, just how I like it. I ordered a Chicken Breast Fillet Burger Mango and Lime, with Chips and Spicy Rice, complimented by some Lemon and Herb sauce. The burger had lashings of sauce on it, which was delicious, with the bun being warm and soft on the inside, crispy on the outside. Perfection. The chips were standard, nice and hot but not too hot, complimented by the Lemon and Herb sauce. The spicy rice was a little plastic, but not too bad. Enjoyable nonetheless.
Once I had finished my meal, I was approached by a Nandoca asking if they could clear some plates (we had lots by this point), and if I wanted any dessert. Naturally, this was a yes, and a Caramel Cheese Cake was ordered. It arrived very quickly, and although I don't like crème, or have the crème when it comes with the dessert, I was disappointed to see the crème had been put in a plastic perinaise pot, rather than the usual crème jug. The cheesecake was munched down, very tasty and thick indeed.
Once dessert had been munched down, and everyone had finished eating, it was time for the RYNspicy16 Nandos quiz, and then onwards home.
The Baker Street store is located near the interchange with Marylebone Road, and is close to Baker Street Metropolitan, Circle, and Hammersmith & City Underground, and Marylebone Chiltern Railway National Rail Stations. As with most London outlets, parking is limited, and public transport is in abundance. It's therefore advisable to reach the outlet by public transport, for a guaranteed stress free Nandos outing! Other outlets in the area include a Pizza place, fast food outlets, and an Everyman Cinema.
Overall, a nice little outlet that handles group bookings very very well. The food was good, service was very good, and the atmosphere was wonderful. An outlet that I have been too before, and would recommend for either an evening group, or a lunch time couple. Very good indeed.