Cambridge - St. Andrew Street - Marc Joss 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, January 2, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
4.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
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?: 

St Andrew Street leads into the heart of Cambridge city centre which means it is no surprise to come across all your favourite restaurant chains and bars in close proximity. GBK, Pizza Express, Revolutions and Wagamamas are some of the examples, but of course we were only interested in Nando's. It was a busy Friday evening, but we were seated towards the back of the restaurant straight away.

After quite a long queue at the tills, a very friendly Nando's processed my order before manager Ed offered me a starter which was a lovely touch. My girlfriend and I demolished houmous with pitta after dousing it in wild herb sauce. Our main courses arrived just as our starter came to an end, perfect timing. My chicken was doused in sauce, spicy, the wing was perfectly charred, the halloumi slices were huge and peri chips were both plentiful and generously spiced, great stuff!

If I had to find a negative it would be that the toilets are a bit far away and slightly confusing to find. As for the seating area, the back part was added as an extension which was previously a different site, either a church or part of a university college. There remains a tall obelisk-like structure which nearly reached the ceiling as well as some funky giraffes and a private enclave.

The restaurant handled the busy Friday-night rush very well. Let's see how Cambridge Leisure Park compares!

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