Canary Wharf - Jubilee Place - Damien Review
They say you always remember your first Nando’s. Canary Wharf was my first Nando’s, and one that I ended up frequenting around ten years ago. As a pre-cinema treat, we went there for a late Sunday lunch. This was my first time at this Nando’s in maybe five years, and not much had changed, other than the Jubilee Place mall which houses the restaurant now having a whole new floor of shops. We got greeted at the invisible door to the open-plan restaurant by Simone, who took the two of us to our table. The place was almost entirely empty, except for a group of about ten rather rowdy tennis fans, on the tables next to ours. I asked another member of staff (Duncan) if we could move table, and he let us pick. I went for my favourite table, the first one I ever ate Nando’s at. It was a nostalgic spot and far enough away from the tennis crowd for the festive music to drown out their rabble. The nearby pots and vases, while looking like they could do with a little dusting, brought back a flood of memories.
Serving the city workers of Canary Wharf, this place is always quick and this visit was no different. Ant, the guy at the counter was somehow running two tills at once, tapping in my order, while taking another customer’s order on the next till. He still managed to stay attentive though, even asking the spice on your corn/glass with your beer questions that most other Nando’s till staff usually forget. The food took five minutes tops to arrive and looked very tasty. The chicken was plump and saucy, the wrap was well stuffed, the corn was done just right (with medium sauce) and the double portion of chips was gigantic! All that was missing was the halloumi. I flagged up a member of staff (Leah), and she was very apologetic. Two minutes later, she came back with four portions of halloumi, double what I’d ordered. When I pointed this out she told us to keep and enjoy it “it’s only fair”.
This visit reminded me why I started eating at Nando’s on a regular basis. On the way out I decided to thank all the members of staff that had dealt with us during our short 45 minute lunch. Canary Wharf may now have two Nando’s, but this is my original and I’d always recommend the 5 minute walk over to this one to anybody who’s divided. A lovely bit of Nando’s nostalgia.