Edinburgh - Chambers Street - Ryan Review
Was in Edinburgh for the Marathon Festival so what better way to prepare than by eating some chicken and chips??
I was staying 4 miles outside the City Centre so didn't drive into it, but there are plenty of parking areas (bays on the roadside or in the middle of the road) dotted around, albeit quite expensive. There is actually one area on Chambers Street just a hop, skip and a jump away from Nando's. All street parking seems to charge £2/hr with a max stay of 4 hours, Mon-Sat 8:30-18:30 (free outside these times).
The public transport (particularly buses) is pretty good. Just a £1.50 single took me right onto Princes Street and then a half mile walk from there. The Edinburgh (Waverley) train station is also about a half mile walk away.
Arrived at about 6pm on a Friday and was pleased to see there was no wait for a table, or to queue, and the food came in just under 10 minutes.
As has been said here already, the real entrance is on the corner of the street in the unbranded half of the outside - not the door underneath the red Nando's logo! As you make your way in through the revolving doors, there are several high tables.chair sets just to your left with the tills/serving area behind these, to your right. Walking past these takes you to the main seating area which is predominantly tables/chairs but does have a couple of booths. Upstairs then takes you to a very pleasant and light seating area made up of circular tables and curved booths.
The lighting is great throughout, especially upstairs where there are fairy lights (or so they looked) above most of the tables and in the main seating area in the centre of the ceiling are what seems to be dozens of upside down flower pots with (light) bulbs in them. On the back wall of this main seating area as plenty of nice bright canvas paintings too and then a few dozen smaller ones on the walls downstairs by the toilets - which were also very clean.
As for the food, this was delicious. The chicken was cooked perfectly and was hot and succulent throughout. The chips were hot and crispy and the rice was hot and moist too. My only gripe was the portion size - probably what you'd consider to be average, but it tasted fantastic, so gets a 4 for this.
Staff were friendly enough, but doing everything you'd expect.