Cork - Academy Street - James RYN Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, October 28, 2018
3.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
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)
Additional Comments - This will make you stand out in the competition! Unique aspects? Student discounts? Parking tips?: 

I've been a bit spoiled for Nando's in new countries these last few months, though my expectations weren't particularly high for Nando's in Ireland. Why? Well I'd heard it was basically the same as the UK (same management), but with higher prices!

Turns out what I had heard was correct, with the entire experience being identical to the UK, including the menu. However, it appears the conversion from £ to € happened when the exchange rate was roughly 1.3, since all the prices are approximately 30% higher than the UK. Given this, it felt quite difficult paying approximately £15 for the same meal which costs £11.50 back home.

If you're going to pay more for the same thing, it might as well a great batch of food, and luckily it was! The butterfly breast was huge and nicely covered in sauce, the chips were plentiful, and the halloumi was fresh off the grill. The only reason not to give a 5/5 for food is that the chips could have been slightly hotter.

Overall, a very tasty Sunday lunch, and I'll definitely be back to try more Nando's in Ireland at the earliest opportunity. Ireland may just have the most expensive Nando's in the world, with UAE a close second. However, unlike the UAE, this Nando's lives up to the high standards set in the UK.

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