Bristol - Cabot Circus - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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Had dinner here on a Thursday night... second half chicken of the day. A bit greedy I know...

First time to Cabot Circus itself and it's a very impressive shopping complex. Very open plan and all technically outside but with enormous glass arches covering the walkways. There's also a huge multi-storey car park (3,000+ spaces) linked by a walkway to the shopping mall, so very easy to get to and park. There's also an evening rate of just £2 for parking after 5pm, so very cheap as well.

Nando's is located on the top floor in a row of four or five eateries/bars, so plenty of choice around as well. A showcase cinema is enclosed within Cabot Circus as well, so plenty of movie goers around.

It's a pretty big branch - and together with the heated outside seating, there's maybe 80 tables. I arrived at about 8pm and it was almost full inside, so sat outside where it was only a third full.

It was nice patio style seating outside and let you gaze out into the shopping centre. Plenty of room to create large tables or keep them as two/four seaters, so definitely worth sitting outside under the big umbrellas. Inside was nice decor too. The left wall was a feature wall - completely bare but made to look like it was built with sandstone. Perhaps a couple of canvasses would have brightened it up slightly, but still... All pillars, the floor and ceiling were wood panelled and there were a few very large mess/wire globes for the light shades suspended in the windows. Overall, a nice atmos.

It was pretty busy, so although no wait to be seated, a 10 minute wait to order the food - followed by a 15 minute wait for the food.

Wasn't as good as Park Street earlier in the day - the chicken, although very moist and hot, did have a little pool of grease on the plate - and the chips and rice could have been hotter. The olive portion was also quite small as was the raspberry swirl.

Staff did everything expected of them, but at the same time weren't unfriendly.

Toilets were immaculately clean too!

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