Basildon - Eastgate - Ryan Review
This Nando's is located in the Eastgate shopping complex, which is pretty large with some big units such as Debenhams and Primark. Parking is plentiful and well sign-posted, be it the multi-storey or one of the surface car parks. Anywhere you park will give you less than a 5 minute walk to Nando's.
Most (if not all) car parks here are free on Sundays and will only cost you £1 for up to 3 hours normally. There is actually free parking For Nando's customers. Simply park in car park number 6 (adjacent to Market Square) and then ensure you spend more than £10 at Nando's!
Basildon railway station is also less than half a mile walk away - and the nearest cinema complex is the Empire by the other Nando's (on Festival Leisure Park) which is about 2 miles away.
If visiting, be aware of the opening hours! Monday to Saturday Nando's is open 11am-6pm and on a Sunday, it is 11am-4pm. As I was heading here for lunch, it wasn't a problem :-)
Within Eastgate, this Nando's is "Up at the Food Terrace" along with McDonald's, Taco Bell etc. It has shared toilet facilities which are just out from the seating areas. There is a specific seating area for Nando's of about 30 table/chair sets as well as further communal seating, which I don't think Nando's use.
Other than half a dozen or so cone shaped lampshades, there is no unique decor... partly because there aren't any walls to put stuff on! I don't think Nando's can do anything else though. Still, I guess with it being such an open plan environment (with all the other people eating at the other outlets) it makes for a decent atmosphere, but it certainly doesn't have the Nando's vibe quite so much...
Being a lunchtime, it wasn't too busy and there were only a few tables in use. There was no wait to order and the food came in only three minutes. I had a chicken burger and chips and it was delicious! The ciabatta was warm and crispy and the chicken breast covered the whole ciabatta and was well marinated and piping hot. Nice big slice of tomato too. The chips were also hot and crispy and a very good portion size! Very good stuff!
Staff did everything expected of them.