Birmingham - Bullring - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
50+
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, January 21, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.5 / 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: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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This is one of three Birmingham Nando's that I have visited too many times and it's the one I keep going back to.

Although it's not the biggest and certainly not the most decorated, there's always a buzz about the place that makes it enjoyable to eat in!

It's located within the Bull Ring shopping centre, so anytime of the day it is always busy - and more often than not (especially in the evening), it means there is a wait to be seated. This has been up to 45 minutes in some instances - but being in the Bull Ring, there are hundreds of shops to be able to browse around if there is a wait.

With it being so busy all of the time, problems undoubtedly occur, but the staff are always friendly and are only too happy to sort it out. Some notable examples I have experienced are:

- forgotten starters. This has resulted in an extra loyalty stamp with a refund for the starter, a dessert in exchange or a side dish in exchange

- No extra extra hot sauce. Free soft drink to make up for it.

- Long waits for food. Free side dish.

There are quite a few car parks near to the Bull Ring (usually cheaper than the Bull Ring one itself), so it's worth checking these out first if you are going to drive. Otherwise one of three main train stations and countless bus routes will get you there.

The food is usually top notch too - you can tell it's a branch that knows how to cope with high footfall.

So why is this Nando's my favourite? Because you can sit outside! If it's sunny then brilliant, but even if it's cold and wet, they have large parasols with very good heaters clipped to the underneath - meaning whatever the weather you can sit outside! The seating area overlooks the Selfridges building, St. Martin's Church, a few fountain/architectural pieces and more - and at night time, this is often lit up to make for a lovely view (as nice as you'll get in the City)

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