The Brunswick - Gerry Louis Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, November 21, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Hallelujah for reaching Nando's 91. Indiscriminately picking a Nando's branch and going there just to reach the triple numbers club by the end of the year!
Exit Russell Square tube station and enter a very posh place in London I've never been to before. The Brunswick, Brunswick Square all lit up for Christmas with lights above all the shops and a tall, colour changing Christmas tree as you enter the Square. There was also loud music playing outside on top of one of the shops and there was a very light, fun atmosphere before we even got to the restaurant.
Got there just before 7pm and were seated, after checking for availability to table 33 by Mattia, a very friendly Nandoca with a huge Movember stache. well I hope it was one. He looked like he'd taken a break from running a drug operation to come to his evening job to make legal money. He was very friendly and smiley like a lot of the other staff members too. He also came over to the till to serve me when the guy in front suddenly went off somewhere. I'm sure I also recognised another Nandoca who I've seen previously in the Wembley high road branch and Harrow, but I couldn't get his attention so left it.
Jackie's food came within about 5 minutes and I was expecting the same but alas, I had to wait the full 15 minutes. Nevertheless the food was good and it was worth the wait. Half chicken mango and lime, sweet mash, garlic bread and halloumi was the meal of the night, a whopping £13.20 but Mattia didn't ask if I wanted to use my red reward so my next session of free chicken is something to look forward to. I now have a green reward as well so I'm not totally at a loss. The mash was great, great flavours. It also had some green thing in it, not sure what but it didn't kill me so all good. The garlic bread was great and of course the chicken, so good! Smothered in sauce, decent size, minor burnt bit underneath the breast bit but it was succulent, moist, hot, it was everything you'd want the chicken to be I was very happy. Halloumi was lightly grilled, no complaints about the food whatsoever!
This branch was really amazing. The artwork in here was incredible. As you come in through glass front doors, to the right hand wall there are two paintings which really caught my eye. The first reminded me of getting away and escaping, a scene we can all imagine in a 007 movie as Bond is being chased on a mountain side, the car tries to overtake and they meander until a climax of someone going over the edge. The second photo I think is of trees I can't remember now but at the time they really caught me. On the left hand as you enter there are love hearts with wings hung together which reminded me of a high school project I did for graphic tech for Romeo and Juliet. Very nostalgic! Also some hanging chandeliers where we sat which were beautiful when hit by the light.
The layout of this restaurant is very clever plus the toilets are way at the back and downstairs so they don't distract from the food or anything else. A cluster of tables in front, the middle section holding the grilling area, counter and cutlery stuff. The second section further in where we sat with various sized tables for groups or couples. Got to view the new Christmas napkins too which talks about getting stuffed like a turkey!! Their marketing person should get a pay rise, haha!!!!!
All in all it was a good experience at this branch and was easy to get home afterwards. I even forgot to hide the stick, that's how good it was...

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