Gardens - James RYN Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, March 13, 2011
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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My first Nando's in South Africa, and in retrospect one of the most average. However, at this point the novelty was still very much in place and I found the whole experience most enjoyable. I went in and asked if I could sit outside, the answer was of course yes and the waiter came to take my order. Having heard that the spice levels were more intense in South Africa I went for a hot burger (rather than extra-hot), with chips and rice.

Having been brought my cutlery and drink, the food soon followed and was very tasty. The burger was slightly different to the UK, with a soft bun. The breast piece also made me recall the older large-style breast piece burgers in the UK, and it was welcome to have enough chicken to go with the bun! The peri-spice was on the table which was a big bonus, and I smothered my chips accordingly (this somewhat renders the 2.5/5 and 3/5 rating scales redundant in South Africa).

As for the setting, this Nando's is close to the night life of Long Street and the hostels on New Church Street. It turned out to be around a 2 minute walk from mine and something I would recommend for any visitor. Decoration was average, with the outside area not being particularly clean.

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