Canary Wharf - Jubilee Place - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
2.75 / 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: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
1 (Very dirty, nothing on walls, I wanted to leave!)
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I'd walked through Jubilee Place a few times and never realised it was actually called Jubilee Place and so never realised I'd been walking past a Nando's before... Anyway, that is resolved now!

As this is in Canary Wharf, it's easily accessible. You can actually get three hours free parking on a weekend if you spend over £10 - otherwise it's priced at £3.80/2hrs, £5.30/3hrs, £9.50/4hrs and upwards from there... so probably one for the DLR or tube (Jubilee Line) as Canary Wharf has a stop on both.

This Nando's shares its seating with a few other restaurants, so it's like you are sat in a general food court - all diners also share the same toilets which are over in the corner. It means there are only a few tables "inside" (in the dark) and the rest are generally tables/chairs in a big square. There are about 50 tables, four of which are large booths on the right-hand side, otherwise all the other tables are a bit tight... especially if all 50 are setup and not pushed together. There are plenty of pots on the separating walls between tables covered in dust and cobwebs, but since there aren't really any walls or ceilings there's not much that can be said about the decor! And sadly it loses the one extra point because the water/ice machine was broken so the ice just sprayed out all over the place completely missing the glass - as did the water! Some chaps in one of the booths gave me some bants as they had just done it as well and said it would have been better if we were given buckets. Wayyyy!

The food made up for the crappy decor and layout though. I had a half chicken with rice and chips and it came in just over 10 minutes. A pretty modest sized portion (especially with some of the big ones I've had recently...) but the chicken was very juicy and saucy indeed - right down to the bone. It was caked in sauce as well and didn't really need much extra table sauce because it was so moist inside. Chips and rice were hot and crispy and moist too - so although not the biggest, it was certainly saucier than normal.

The chap on the till was suffering from hayfever pretty badly, so he just did what he could before sneezing again... and again...

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