Fife - Ryan Review
Still on my journey up to the Angus area, meant a little stop into the Kingdom of Fife and eventually Dunfermline. This Nando's is on Fife Leisure Park next to the Odeon cinema. The sign wasn't lit up when I arrived, so couldn't actually see it... so head for the Odeon (it was lit up when I left though). There are hundreds (maybe 1000+) free parking spaces - but the nearest train station is Dunfermline Queen Margaret's, so probably one to get to by car. As well as an Odeon, there are plenty of other eateries, a Bannatyne's gym and a Bowlplex bowling alley.
Got here about 5:30pm and it was half full - which meant the food came in 14 minutes. I had a half chicken, chips and rice and I did ask for a ratatouille, but was advised they'd run out... But that did not matter when I was served up a portion of chicken and chips as big and as well cooked as I have ever had. Both chicken pieces had plenty of juicy and saucy meat, piping hot and charred nicely. The chips were in abundance and hot and crispy and the rice was the only thing that let it down in that as big as the portion was, it was a bit hard and chewy - so nearly perfect!
The restaurant had the music pumping and had a good vibe, but overall it was fairly standard.. I did like the "Fife for Life" painted onto the wall by the till though.
It was a very windy and rainy evening - and because the entrance is a single door (no little porch-way) and opens in the middle of the restaurant at the front... whenever the door opened the breeze was whipping round the whole of the restaurant. I was on a table three from the front and napkins were still blowing off my table. Nando's did have two portable industrial heaters on the go but it made little difference.
As you enter this windy entrance, to your right are three large square booths each with a little recessed bit in the wall to display a tusk or two... or bit of bark... These booths have the older style beige fabric cones above them for the lighting. A leather banquette makes up the rest of the seating with tables/chairs.
To the left of the entrance there are 10 or so table/chair sets and six paintings on the wall - which is where the till area is. Just spotlights for the lighting here. There is a smaller seating section at the back behind the sauce/drinks station with a couple of larger paintings on the back wall and an ivy plant hanging down from the ceiling.
Toilets entrance is also at the back, with three small bead works on the toilets corridor. Toilets were clean with beige sinks, but standard decor overall.