Chester - Broughton Park - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, March 2, 2015
Time of Day: 
Mid-afternoon or late evening
Rating: 
3.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
2.5 (Average but needs more 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?: 

This newest of all Nando's was a welcome stop t'up North. It's located about 4 miles south-west of Chester with no real easy access from a train station, so is one to get to by car. There are many hundreds (maybe thousands) of free parking spaces - with many shops and other restaurants also on the site, anchored by a large Tesco. A Cineworld is also due to open in the spring this year.

It was a lovely sunny afternoon and the sun was beaming right down into my face as I walked up. There is some some seating outside but even with the sun out it was still a bit chilly! About 6 tables or so, with the ever more common yellow metal chairs, all surrounded off by some pots and planters, with the pots being brightly coloured.

As you enter, there are three booths on the left hand wall with some cut-out patterned wood separating them - and to the right is the main seating area, all mostly tables and chairs in the front half of the restaurant. Towards the back by the serving hatch are a couple more larger square booths and further bench style seating - all upholstered in a bright beige/black pattern. The lower till/counter area is also very brightly decorated with red/yellow/orange/blue triangles and above are rows of triangles cut out of the wall to display the wines, illuminated with yellow lighting.

In the front half the ceiling is the most striking feature, lots of wooden triangular patterns and criss-cross shapes making a large lattice effect across all of the ceiling. Some bright lights too - and in the back section some further stone-looking domes above the booths. Toilets are right at the back and were spotlessly clean all tiled with a wavy-grey and in the cubicles some bright blue/green tiles too. Overall a very solid 4 for decor.

The restaurant had only a few tables in use so the food come in a super quick two minutes and was a very good size, but a tad disappointing. The chicken fillet was thick and saucy but was quite dry inside and pretty chewy - and the ciabatta was also quite dry and powdery. The chips were a mixture of crispy and a bit soggy too... so I think this goes in just below average on this occasion.

Staff were very pleasant and I was checked on by no fewer than six different staff members who were all up for a little chat.

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