Colliers Wood - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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This Nando's is located on Tandem Shopping Park which is mainly a retail/shopping outlet (I.e. M&S/Sainsbury's, Mamas and Papas) with a few restaurants in a small section (Nando's, Frankie & Benny's). There is free parking in one of hundreds of spaces for up to a maximum three hour stay. Colliers Wood tube station is also a half mile walk away.

I arrived here just after 8pm and there were just a couple of tables free by the door - so I had the two seater on the end of the bench, and it meant every time the door opened a big whoosh came in blowing the menu and napkins away and certainly when groups came in they would gather by you. Any other table would be better - but it didn't really bother me.

The rest of the tables are generally well spaced out. A row of high tables along the left hand wall, with more high tables and booths at the back. The decor is quite nice too and bright. The light comes from a mixture of smaller cones hanging from the ceiling - and then also from a few very large black/grey orbs (I don't actually know what shape they were) - suspended from the high ceiling. There are also multiple large canvas paintings on the right hand wall as you enter, with a row of decorative plates on the left wall by the entrance.

As well as no wait for a table, there was no queue at the till and the food came in less than 10 minutes - and it was delicious. The chicken was very well cooked and well dabbed in sauce. It was succulent throughout and piping hot. Not quite top marks as it wasn't the biggest portion I've had, but very tasty. The chips were also hot and crispy and the rice was piping hot too.

The staff were very pleasant too - and such a diverse lot. I heard no fewer than 4 different languages being used when speaking with customers telling them how Nando's works and then just having a bit of a chat anyway. Marc would have been in his element!!

Oh, and just another example of another friendly London suburb... Two of the doors had signs on advising "staff and managers do not have access to open the safe". This sign... In a Nando's? Come on!

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