Catford - Christopher Poole Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
3.63 / 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: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Veggie burger hot

PLACE: Table 18. Another miniNan in an undesirable part of South London. I don't know if it is because I hold Nando's in high-regard but the placement of a high-end 'straunt right between a '99p Stores' and 4 derelict buildings seems like a misfit. In this area, it felt like I was on a pilgrimage to a church of chicken and seeking refuge in the only moron-free zone within 2 miles. The entrance has large olive trees outside but I'm not sure anyone from Catford would know what olives are.. or trees. The tables and seats were spacious, if a little tatty. Interesting point- the sign outside was the international logo complete with leaf detailing- 6/10

HOST: Sweet Feet!/Natalie (with exclamation mark on receipt) Sweet Feet!/Natalie was a brilliant host. I'm not sure if that is her real name or of you can even have punctuation in a real name or if she was trying to write 'sweaty feet' but she was a true babe, unlike babe from Woolwich. She had relentless honesty. For example, after ordering and paying for my veggie burger (and it already being on the grill) I casually queried "what's better, the beanie or the veggie" she confidently replied "the beanie, definitely". I said "damn" and she offered to swap it for no charge! I didn't swap as it is part of my duty to sample everything off of the menu but I would have had I not been on the Nando's challenge. I now really want to see her feet- 8/10

FOOD: My fellow diners had a lovely time with their majestic chicken but my veggie burger was a tad boring. It was very spicy considering it is aimed at feeble vegetarians but it didn't beat the king of veggie options- the Spicy Bean Burger (circa 1998) from Burger King. The textures of the bun and the patty do not compliment each-other, with the bun requiring a much tougher chew than the cakey patty. I also forgot to order my staple cheese and pineapple which really made for a bland meal. I got a generous 'slaw porsh and the beer was a welcome change to Diet Coke- 5/10

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