Coventry - City - Damien Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
3.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
2 (Quite disappointing - seems rushed, may have some parts burnt)
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?: 

Our Nando's took us to the centre of the city of Coventry, in a fairly new area, a stones-throw away from the bus terminal, a Wetherspoons pub and half a dozen betting shops. We found cheap parking and after less than five minutes of leisurely walking, we were seated in the rather large restaurant. As well as the spacious (albeit with low ceilings) main area, there's a bolted on conservatory-style extension at the back. As the place had not long opened for the day, nobody was yet seated in this area. Aesthetics-wise, the place was pretty low key. Bare walls, not much art, and almost half of the modest restaurant lights containing working bulbs. We decided and ordered at the quiet counters.

The staff were all very friendly and cheery, having yet to be worn down by a Saturday of work. Our service was quick and there were no mess-ups with our order. I went for a veggie wrap with luso beans and creamy mash. It was middle of the road (the mash being particularly dry), but I was hungry and ate it all. My friends that did eat chicken all commented on how dry and stringy it was, one even likening it to that of a cheap South London fried chicken chain.

While the place was surprisingly non-busy for a Saturday lunchtime and we weren't crammed up against any other groups of people, the mediocre and overly-cooked food let this place down.

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