Edinburgh - Chambers Street - Adam Nicol Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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I had to visit this newly opened branch when I was up visiting my friend, we went on a Saturday night at 7:50, so obviously it was extremely busy and we were told it would be a 25 minute wait for the table so we decided to go for a walk for 20 minutes since it’s in the middle of Edinburgh and there’s plenty of interesting things to see within short walking distance, though at this time on a Saturday night, the streets are mostly full of drunk people in kilts playing bagpipes, and tourists on ghost tours. When we got back to the branch there was a few minutes before we got seated.

Friendliness of Staff – The staff were really friendly in this newly opened branch, all enthusiastic and cheery, all of them, the person that greeted us, the person that served us, the person that brought our food, they were all awesome. While we were in the queue some people pushed in front of us and the person on the till intervened and told them that I was in front of them, I know that every staff member in this branch left me with a smile. So 4.5/5 for the Friendliness of Staff!

Speed of Service – As I said it took 25 minutes for us to get a table but this can’t really be held against the branch at peak times in a capital city on a Saturday night.

The food took 10 minutes to arrive, the Staff didn’t know the tables very well yet as the branch has only recently opened but they soon found our table and smiled about it, so the branch deserves 3/5 for Speed.

Food – The food was fantastic, I had my usual Butterfly chicken extra hot with Peri-chips and garlic bread. The chicken was amazing and really hot, the garlic bread was a bit burnt and delicious, the portion of chips was a bit small and hardly had any Peri-salt on them, but they were still tasty. Also the Coke from the drinks machine tasted great, a lot of the time it tastes really watered down.

I’ll give the food 4/5.

Décor – The décor in this branch was pretty cool, it has lots of cool paintings and some really sexy coving. It has a variety of different types of tables, high ones, long ones, tables for two and it has one or two cosy little booths like the ones I’ve seen at Covent Garden for larger groups.

Half of it is a really old building inside and the other half looks more modern, it’s like it’s been built across two different buildings

What is really odd about this branch is it has doors at both ends of it, though the one that looks most like the entrance is actually the fire exit and you can’t get in that way, It was really funny watching loads of people trying to get in and out that door and getting confused when it wouldn’t open, being sat right next to it I had the perfect view of them.

I’d give the Décor a 4/5.

The branch was well stocked in sauces and cutlery and plates and all of the machines and drinks were working.
There’s plenty of stuff nearby to see during the day and at night, the Castle is a short walk away and is awesome, though quite expensive. There’s the National Museum of Scotland just over the road, I’ve been there and it’s free and quite interesting. There’s also lots of Ghost walks and Edinburgh Cathedral a short walk away.

Overall this was a good visit to Nando’s, made it worth the visit all the way to Edinburgh, I’d give this branch 4/5 overall, because of the fantastic Décor, Staff and Food.

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