Canterbury - Damien Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 3 (2 votes)
Number of Visits: 
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
4.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
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?: 

I'd been to Nando's 64 in Canterbury once before, and found that a pleasant experience. Today I was back with four other adults and three children. Being a busy Saturday afternoon, they didn't instantly have room to accommodate our group. A table was earmarked for us, and we were asked to return in fifteen minutes. We spent the fifteen minutes exploring the other shops on the very nice historic street, just a ten minute walk from where we'd parked the car for free.

Fifteen minutes later, we returned and were told by a very apologetic employee that the people on the table were still going to be there for a while (they'd brought out a birthday cake after their meal). She went back in to see if there was anywhere else that could fit us and the double buggy, and frequently came back outside to keep us updated, despite us all being cool about it. We eventually got a table in the middle of the small upstairs area, with more than enough room for us and all our stuff. Downstairs was busy and noisy but upstairs was rather calm and quiet in comparison. Being as busy as it was down there, I was surprised to be served without queuing.

As far as I'm aware, all of our food came up swiftly. My chicken was about Nando's average, but my corn and mash were a bit on the dry/overcooked side. Was still nothing terrible. When it came to the kids desserts, the waitress asked if we wanted the yogurts ready made (the machine was downstairs). The staff actually did quite a lot to turn what at first seemed to be a bit of an uncomfortable Nando's trip around to a perfectly pleasant visit. My only little complaints with Canterbury are with the crammed entrance area and gents toilets and less than perfectly cooked food.

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