Croydon - Valley Leisure Park - Gerry Louis Review

Gerry Louis's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
25+ minute wait - come on Nando's!
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Time of Day: 
Mid-afternoon or late evening
3.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
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?: 

I can understand why not many people have done a review of this branch as it is so very far out of the way. However a two hour journey by bus and extra walking saw us into this complex for our second Nando's of the week, mine Jackie's and an extra friend for this nandventure.

I had wanted to do the two Croydon Nando's in one day but it would have been near impossible, the difference to where these both are to each other and the state of how busy this branch is. Plenty of parking space in this complex if you could find one, free also I think but with the arcades, ten pin bowling alley, the other restaurants, shopping centre and B & Q there, there may have been some waiting around.

You could see how busy the restaurant was from the outside as the front panel is see through glass. The waiting area was Chocka so when the nice lady said a 25 minute wait (I had anticipated 30 mins) we went next door to ten pin for a drink. It was 3.12pm when we got there and had been travelling since 1pm when we got the first bus. Shouldn't have really got that bottle of cider before returning for a table and we did miss our spot ten minutes before but they gave us the next available table for four. Ordered straight away to avoid a long wait, but the food arrived in ten minutes so that wasn't too bad.

The restaurant is sort of separated into three sections with plenty of tables in each. The second section opposite the tills houses the sauce station, drinks and water machine as well as the cutlery etc. it also has a few booths on one side. One long sofa chair running down the back or side I'm not sure, connects all the tables in each bit and circular tables over the far end near the toilets. The restaurant is sort of separated by this huge, dare I call it a shoe rack that could have been from ikea? Each compartment held a vase with a bush, or an urn or something different, very fascinating. Otherwise there's not many decorations here that I noticed.

Jackie and I shared a whole chicken where my half was bare of sauce whilst hers was smothered. My two halloumi portions were quite dark and got cold really quickly. My mash was tasty, not pulverised like Staines the other day but it looked like someone was practising their plastering before serving it. The garlic bread offered no complaints, it was nice, hot and grilled thoroughly.

One complaint was that the water machine provided no ice so my water was very tepid. The toilets were also a bit disappointing as the flush didn't seem to be working properly but it was clean.
Mission to get to, a long wait for a table but the food was kind of worth the wait. Can never go wrong with a free piece of chicken either

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