Dundee - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

So after Stirling, onto Dundee before heading North! Arrived in Dundee at about 6:20pm and found plenty of car parks to choose from, including Gellatly Street which is where I parked (about 5 minute walk away). All the car parks are generally priced the same which is £1.80/2hrs, £3.00/3hrs, £3.90/4hrs, £4.90/5hrs and upwards from there, charged Mon-Sat 8am-6pm and Sun 1pm-6pm and free outside these times. Dundee train station is also a 10 minute walk away. There is a Cineworld and Odeon in Dundee but both on the outskirts about 3 miles away.

Got to the restaurant just after 6:30pm and it was pretty busy - about a 10 minute wait for a table for three to become available - but we were the fifth party waiting, so everybody was seated pretty quickly.

This Nando's is decorated superbly with some unique features. There are three seating areas, the front downstairs, the back downstairs and then a much smaller seating section upstairs where the toilets also are. It's generally all bare-brick/painted walls with lots of artwork on them.

In the front section there is lots of yellow paint around the tops of the walls and on the few pillars here. There are also (what seem to be) the original wooden carvings running around the ceiling, lit up with some strips of light.

In the back section the ceiling is much higher with lots of bare metal structural beams - but then the entire back wall is brightly coloured mural of a large chicken and a child (on a ladder), "Awaken your sense of Houmous" it says! There are also some large brightly coloured shades made up of many different pieces of material. There are some booths here too which are completely wooden cladded (the whole of this side of the wall is wooden clad as well) and allows those sitting upstairs to see into the back section.

The upstairs section is pretty small - just a few small tables, but it is all cladded in wood. It also leads to the toilets which again are heavily cladded in reclaimed wood and have these pretty cool drainpipes for taps and a big grey marble sink. Very good.

Staff were doing as expected especially as it was so busy and brought the food over in 17 minutes... but it was definitely worth the wait. I went for half a chicken, chips and rice and a ratatouille and it was delicious. A very big portion of chicken which was piping hot and equally juicy and smothered in sauce but while also being just charred enough on the outside. The chips portion was above average and they were all hot and crispy and the rice portion was just as big - steaming hot and moist... and the ratatouille portion size was also over the top again and steaming hot. I was stuffed after this one!

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