The Brunswick - Blaynos Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 2 (2 votes)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
3.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
2 (Quite rude, ignored me as they walked past)
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: 
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?: 

The Brunswick looks like nothing I've ever seen before in Central London. It's literally a stone's throw away from Russell Square station (Piccadilly) but it almost feels like you're in some Garden City when you get there. I believe the whole complex is a former post-modern multi-purpose complex, with extremely odd shaped residential housing above. The result is an almost continental looking piazza, lined with glass fronted shops and restaurants and plenty of space to sit outside - basically a mini uncovered shopping centre - I can imagine it being really nice in summer.

As with my trip to Goodge Street earlier in the week, this was an online order. And, just like that visit, the collection of my lunch was again not as easy as it should be... The branch itself is really good; Nando's manages to be easily visible despite being restricted by the glass front shared by all the retailers and it's a rectangular shaped branch, with the tills and kitchen deep inside the restaurant - always good when it's away from the door. Lots of seating on your right as you walk in. It is a little bit dark though.

I was just about greeted by a Nandoca as I reached the junction in the centre of the branch, told him I had ordered online, and he told me to join the back of a long lunchtime queue. Somewhat perplexed, I decided to wander over to the kitchen area where I could see a couple of takeaway bags and, after two more staff walked past, finally got the attention of a third, who kindly gave me my order (and saves the branch staff from a dreaded 1/5)

The food itself was almost perfect: burger could have perhaps done with a tad more sauce and the chips could've done with a bit more peri salt, but the chicken and chips themselves were cooked to perfection.

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