Brixton - James RYN Review

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How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
3.63 / 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: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Nice to see the new decoration after the riot damage back in August. Still, despite being new and clean, the decoration is pretty average compared to other recently opened branches, and I wouldn't say Nando's went all-out on this one. There was no eye-catching artwork and nothing unique about the tables and their setup (perhaps Nando's don't want to invest too heavily incase more riots happen in the area!).

Either way, I was brought to Brixton for my usual reason of having a concert at the Academy opposite. This meant there were the usual pre-gig queues, though with plenty of time in hand, it wasn't a problem. Food came quickly once ordered and was of decent to good quality. Not quite enough for a 4 unfortunately, but still worthy of a return. The staff were a mixed bag, with the doorman being very attentive and helpful, and the manager being a keen follower of the website and having some good Nando's insights. However, they were both let down by the woman on the till, who was moody and generally unprofessional. The card machine ran out of paper while I was paying, and she essentially had a sulk before asking the Nandoca next to her what to do. He got her another roll, but threw it at her. As a result she dropped it and I was left waiting while she went to retreive it! Not very professional if you ask me.

Overall, an average to good affair, and I will of course be back next time one of my favourite bands plays the Academy.

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