Bondi - James RYN Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, December 31, 2016
3.5 / 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: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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Last Nando's of 2016! In retrospect it has been quite a slow year for new Nando's (compared to 2015 anyway), but this burst of exotic Australian Nando's to top things off has been good fun.

This one is about 10 minutes walk up from Bondi Beach, with some seats outside. It was probably the busiest Nando's I've seen so far, though it was still no more than half full. It seems the Nando's here don't expect to be very busy, as they never have more than three staff on duty, and they all seem to do a bit of everything!

The Nando's paella has been staring at me on the Australian menu since I arrived, and today was finally the day I tried it. I think the word paella is a bit generous, as I'm sure any Spaniard would quickly tell you this is merely chicken and rice. That said, it was rather tasty indeed, with some spicy rice, onion, and chicken tossed together in the spice level of your choosing. I went for Extra Hot of course, and just like yesterday's Nando's, it was probably the spiciest I have ever had. Perhaps they make things even hotter here in New South Wales, as it wasn't this spicy up in Queensland! I'd definitely try the paella again, and could see it being a nice addition to the UK menu (or just make it yourself by ordering the individual parts!

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