Didcot - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
2.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
2.5 (Average but needs more 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?: 

This Nando's is located in the Orchard Centre retail park, which offers hundreds of spaces and free parking for up to 2 hours, the 3rd hour is £1.70 and the 4th hour is 30p extra - with a four hour stay maximum. There's a Cineworld joined onto the retail park but it is anchored by a big Sainsbury's with lots of other shops. Didcot Parkway is less than a 0.5 miles walk from Nando's.

Arrived here about 5:30pm and it was very quiet with only a few tables in use. It was very muggy outside - so definitely eating inside! From the outside, there are flower pots filling the very large windows, making it look like this Nando's was going to have seating over two floors, but inside it's actually quite small, with only 20 tables or so and upstairs leading you to the toilets. There's an additional 10 tables or so outside too. The reason there are not many tables inside, is most of the space is taken up by six large circular booths right in the middle of the restaurant - three with large and colourful lantern type structures standing up around the edge of them climbing all the way to the ceiling. There's some other artwork pieces on the wall at the back and up the stairs - but these booths are certainly the focal point. Lots of brown wood - not the most colourful of Nando's, certainly for a new one. Toilets were clean and tiled in a rather plain black/white tiling.

The food came in just under 15 minutes - and I went for a Fino Pitta with a side of chips. The meal was tasty but a rather small portion. The thigh fillets were cooked nicely and very moist, but there just wasn't much of them... in fact the halloumi pieces were bigger than the chicken pieces. The lettuce had been missed off as well. The chip portion was also rather small in size but were cooked fine.

Staff were pleasant enough and doing as expected, although nobody came to check on me during my scoff.

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