Glasgow - Sauchiehall - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

This Nando's is right in the City Centre on the popular Sauchiehall Street, so easily found and within half a mile walk from Charing Cross, Queen Street or Glasgow Central train stations and Cowcaddens or Buchanan Street subway. Certainly after 6pm, you can get free unrestricted parking in any of the street bays (including along Sauchiehall Street), otherwise there is also a Q-Park on Sauchiehall Street priced at £2/1hr, £3.50/2hrs, £5/3hrs, £8/4hrs and upwards from there (£23/24hrs).

I was impressed with the decor in this one. Firstly there are some nice stained glass windows above the entrance spelling out "Nando's". Inside there's a lot of reclaimed wood, door panels and red tiling. There's a mezzanine level which is clad in reclaimed door/window panels/shutters and crates in all sorts of colours. The entrance to the toilets is a bit odd as it's downstairs but right in the middle of the restaurant, but the stairwell down to them is completely tiled in dark red. Downstairs there's lots of reclaimed wood clad on the walls for the toilets with more reclaimed doors/metal for the mirror surrounds. The big granite sink by the sauce stations is also oddly placed as it's pretty much as soon as you enter, with and inset metal bin and towel dispenser in the red tiling. Plenty of large canvas paintings on the walls too - and a real mix of seating. Breakfast bar seating in the window, circular booths and tables/chairs (which are a bit too close together). It's very quirky and funky and so completely different to Silverburn!

I got here at about 8pm and it was two-thirds full and the food came in 23 minutes. I had a half chicken, chips and rice. The portion size of all bits were larger than average. The chips were hot and crispy and the rice was steaming hot and moist, but the chicken was sadly burnt quite a lot and had lots of black skin and a completely black and cindered wing. The chicken meat was also quite dry and chewy. Bit of a shame, maybe a 2.5 overall.

Staff were friendly enough, but doing as expected.

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