Basildon - Eastgate - Gerry Louis Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
3.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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Easiest and quickest branch to get to of the day. And the first of the day just after 1.30pm. I'll just mention it's a £12.90 off peak return from a London Terminal (Fenchurch St, West Ham, Barking, Upminster) which makes it a cheap outside London Nandos visit.

I'm starting to hate these inside mall Nando's as they don't have personal toilets bar the disabled one and there's too many people walking around and being a nuisance, or stopping randomly Infront of you with their shopping. This branch area also inst very clear. When I was given table 14, I thought that was all of the branch but across the walkway was another section (on the right hand side) where people were also having Nandos. Very confusing.
Rant over...

This branch was okay. Greeted straight away in the blink and you miss it doorway. Given table 14 next to a table of three old women who had finished and just sat there talking, and were still there after I finished my meal. I ordered a 1/4 chicken mango and lime with sweet mash and garlic bread which arrived in 8-9 minutes and it was a decent meal. I was hungry, having had breakfast about 9 am then travelling across London with my gym bag that I didn't even go to the gym with.. Again.

I was given a breast piece that some of the skin was peeling off and the wing bit was broken but it wasn't burnt, sauced well and was very filling. The mash portion was great, tasted great and the garlic bread whilst not toasted fully was still filling and enjoyable. Ever since Portsmouth I've been putting the peri-pomegranate and lemon and herb sauce on the mash and it really enhances the flavour.

A huge sign saying they give 20% to NHS workers as a thank you, they've also got a column in the middle of the branch with coloured in pictures by children. I was tempted to grab a picture before leaving but I don't have any crayons or colouring pencils.

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