Edinburgh - Omni Centre - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, November 27, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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Onto my third and final Nando's of the day and this tool me to the Omni Centre. This is in the city centre and is less than half a mile walk from Waverley train station. This means it's also within a mile walk of the Castle, National Museum of Scotland, Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Playhouse, The Old Town etc. Also in the Omni Centre are other eateries (including a 'Spoons), a Virgin Active and a Vue Cinema. The Omni Centre also has its own Q-Park car park which is a tad expensive, priced at £2.50/1hr, £5.50/2hrs, £7.50/3hrs, £9/4hrs, £10/5hrs, £13/7hrs, £17/12hrs and £18/24hrs.

Arrived here at 7pm and there were 10 parties in the queue ahead of me waiting to be seated and was advised it would 25 minutes for a table... as the parties dropped out, this was actually the wait for a table inside - whereas there were three tables just outside Nando's itself (obviously still indoors), which were right next to where everybody was queue-ing. I opted for one of these tables as thought the food would take a while to come. These tables are a bit crappy and have very flimsy green metal chairs to sit on - but hey ho... and besides, I was wrong about the wait - as it took only three minutes for the food to come.

I went for a half chicken, chips and rice - and was claiming the half chicken as two free 1/4 chickens - and luckily received a breast and leg. The chicken was caked in sauce on the outside, but was very dry inside. There's no way this chicken had only just been finished off... :-) It was a decent size though. The rice was a rather small portion but was hot and steaming and the chip portion was generous but they had all gone a little cold and were a bit soggy. Bit of a mixed bag here - so a 3 overall.

The whole restaurant is in a sort of circular shape. There are three booths immediately by the entrance (front-right) and as you walk around the curve past the tills and all the way round to the very front-left there are some more booths. The ceiling is largely made up of three very large wooden discs all with a wicker pattern within them. There are dozens of large glass orbs hanging from these discs and all of the ventilation pipework creating quite a bit of light and there are a handful of paintings spread along the walls. Again, quite a bit of brown/beige which could have been jazzed up a bit with more colour. Certainly nothing spectacular to look at.

Staff were doing as expected as the queue outside kept getting longer and longer...

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