Glasgow - Braehead - Ryan Review
This Nando's is located inside the Intu Braehead Shopping Centre, which along with the re-branded "Soar @ Intu", forms a very large leisure/retail park. Intu for all the shops and Soar for all the fun. Across the two sites, you can shop and eat at just about every chain going at Intu and then have a five minute walk to Soar where you'll find an Odeon Cinema, a Bowplex, Laser Station, climbing walls, crazy golf and the Snow Factor (snow slope). There are thousands and thousands of free spaces across the whole leisure park and it's within easy reach, just off J25A/26 of the M8. Nearest train station is Hillington West, which is a two-mile walk away.
Be aware of the opening hours for this particular Nando's. As it is subject to the Intu opening hours, it closes at 9pm weekdays, 6:30pm Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. The other Nando's in Soar (five minute walk away) is open until 10pm every day.
I got here just before 5pm and seeing as though it closed in an hour, it was completely full with a dozen or so people people in the queue for a table. This ended up being only a five minute wait though. Just like Silverburn, it is laid out like a food court Nando's, so again, loses some of its groove. Like Silverburn, there's only one piece of uniqueness and this time it's the facade on the outside which the illuminated Nando's sign is on. It's made up of lots of little wooden and metal pieces (look like roof tiles) all painted different colours Sadly, you can't see this when you're 'inside' eating. There's a smaller version around the top of the till, but otherwise, other than some wicker orbs for lighting above some tables, beige ceramic domes above others and a handful of small square paintings above the sauce stations, there's not much going on. There's also no music, so again just the distant echoes of the shopping centre music - which really are distant, as this Nando's is tucked as far away in the corner as you can get, sat next to Five Guys. Don't expect any booths either as it is all banquette/table/chair seating.
I went for the chicken fillet burger and chips and it was a very standard meal. Both portions were average in size. The chips were hot enough with some a crispy some not and the chicken fillet was cooked well, with sufficient sauce - and it came in 22 minutes. Staff were doing as expected.