Edinburgh - Chambers Street - Elliott Waters Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (3 votes)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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Waited quite a while for someone to see us to a table, every Nandoca appeared rushed off their feet. After this short wait, I was shown to a table quite close to the entrance, which was "shared" with another group, with only a sauce rack separating us.

After a quick visit to the toilets, which are located in the basement, and we're pretty clean, although not sure about the height of the urinals, seemed rather low down, I went off to order my meal. Waited a short while for a Nandoca to appear at the till point, and once she did, I reeled off my order to her, which returned the comment "you've obviously done this before!" Flattery!

Waited 15 minutes for the meal to arrive, and it looked a bit basic. I ordered chicken breast burger mango and lime with chips and garlic bread. The lettuce in the burger was a little dry, and the tomato quite mushy. The chicken was dry, and the bun not so great - rather hard on top. The chips weren't much better, and the garlic bread needed more garlic! Not a fantastic meal, seemed a little rushed. Not suprising when there's only one working the grill.

The outlet is split in to two rooms. You enter through a door on the corner of Chambers Street, and in to an open area. This contains the grill and till points. Tables are placed along the side wall next to the windows, with sauce racks splitting them up. You walk up a small set of stairs, and enter the other part of the outlet, which contains lots of seating, the stairs down to the toilets, and the drinks/cutlery station. The outlet doesn't contain much in the way of Nando's decoration, other than bottles of sauce lines above the grill, and some Nando's writing on one of the walls. The majority of the building still retains its original features, and a rather noticeable ventilation system hangs from the walls.

The outlet is located on Edinburgh Chambers Street, just east of the historic Grass Market, and a short walk off the Royal Mile. It is close to Edinburgh Waverley station, and is served by a number of Lothian buses which stop right outside. There are other outlets close by, but these are mainly coffee shops and pubs - not the kind of place which does Nando's rivalling food!

Overall an interesting trip to Edinburgh. The Nandocas seemed rushed off the feet, despite the outlet not being that busy. They did everything I asked for, and the food wasn't wonderful, but not the worst I've had. They really do seem very short staffed!

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