Dalston - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
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)
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So the fourth Nando's of the evening took me to another beautiful (!) part of the world and this time it was Dalston... Blimey, Mile End, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green and Dalston? I know how to live the high life...

This is easily found and is just a few minutes walk up the Kingsland High Street from Dalston Junction Overground and only a few trots away from Dalston Kingsland Overground station. Dalston Kingsland Shopping Centre is also a few minutes walk away which offers parking at £4/1hr or £10/24hrs - but spend £10 at the Sainsbury's and get two hours free parking.

It was now getting onto 8pm and this Nando's was rocking and nearly full. Not sure if this used to be a Chinese takeaway, but at the front there's still a turquoisey tiled mosaic wall complete with elephant and dragon brass cladding of some sorts... There's a big table here as well, which can probably seat 10 people.

The till/counter is the first thing you see as you enter (which gives me more reason to think it was a Chinese takeaway) and then to the left of that and then running down to the back of the restaurant are table/chair sets with a couple of booths right at the back. All very tight.

As you head down towards the back there are an array of decor pieces - copper cones/conical shapes painted black for the lighting, a big sparkly wall piece above the drinks machine, a sky-light above the seating at the back - and then the whole of the back wall is covered in canvas paintings.

Overall it could do with a lick of paint and some tidying (not needed as much as Bethnal Green/Whitechapel) - and definitely get rid of all the Chinese bits to make it more Nando-fied... which includes the hand-dryer in the toilets which was a white plastic one!

Staff were very busy and doing as expected as it was so busy - although the food did come in under 10 minutes and as with Mile End earlier, it was another very generous sized chicken fillet on the burger and again plenty of sauce dabbed over it. The rice portion was hot enough and both the rice and salad were averagely sized.

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