Chichester - Lawrence Simpson 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: 
Friday, December 14, 2012
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
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?: 

Today was a fun day out to Chichester with my fellow Nandistador Tracey where we were hanging out before going to see The Hobbit. Fortunately, since the Nando's in question and the cinema are in close proximity, we were able to park using the on-site parking which is free (provided you use the nearby facilities, which we were!).

This Nando's outer features wasn't as distinctive as some of the Nando's I've visited in the past. It seemed a little generic and the trend continued somewhat inside. The interior is your standard fare with the dark wood furniture and shiny flooring. It wasn't dirty at all, just nothing out of the ordinary. Upon our arrival, the staff were kind and helpful and pointed us to our table with clear instructions and a cheery disposition. This vibe continued when we went up to order. Our cashier was keen to start conversation and was quite jovial which most cashiers don't tend to exhibit. A real sign of going above and beyond.

When it came to the food part, the selection of sauces at the serving table was full; no missing sauces or short supplies of said sauces. Everything was plentiful as were cutlery and serviettes. Our food came to us pretty quickly; we had just sat down and began to have a nice chat. The food itself was of a good temperature and looked properly cooked. The chicken in particular was well basted and was very tender as it slipped off the bone easily; no dryness at all. The ratio of sauce and chicken was pretty much on the money. No complaints at all. The ratatouille side I had with my whole chicken was a little bit nondescript. It had a lovely texture but the taste was relatively mild and non-threatening unlike the strong and intense Extra Hot chicken it was accompanying. It was also the first time I had tried the Wild Herb Peri-Peri Side Sauce and it really added a flavoursome and earthy twist to proceedings. I would recommend it with the hotter spiced chicken.

In all, Chichester Nando's is convenient to get to and has great facilities alongside it; plus it's a 5-10 minute walk into the centre of the town. Certainly somewhere to dine if you fancy something a bit more lively than the chippy and buffet restaurant nearby!

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