Goodge Street - Adam Nicol Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, October 24, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
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: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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I decided to go to this branch because I'd read the good reviews and it was on the northern line. I had no idea where it was though, Goodge Street station is about a 10 minute walk away, and I had no idea in which direction, luckily my friends knew where it was and we soon found it.

It seemed very small from the outside, but once we got in I realised how far back it went, and that it wasn’t that small at all, we were greeting by a Nandoca as usual and got led to the back of the restaurant where we were told to choose whichever table we wanted, since it was almost empty so we got a table for four and sat ourselves down.

I must say, one of the people in my party had NEVER been to Nando’s before (She got a really dirty look from me for that) so we had to explain how it worked, although she got medium when I told her to get extra-hot :(.

There was no queue to order food as it was empty, I wasn’t really concentrating on the Nandoca serving me but I don’t think she had the jolly smile that the Nandoca’s at my local Wood Green branch always seem to have :( I swiftly ordered my Butterfly Chicken, Extra hot with chips and garlic bread, got my stamp and headed to get my drink and cutlery. I struggled to find the straws! They were hidden behind the drinks machine and I expected them to be over near the cutlery and napkins! There was sooo much sauce and plenty of Extra-extra hot bottles, some branches only seem to have one or two of them for crazy people like me.

I sat myself back down and waited for my friends to return, didn’t take long (Apart from the girl who hadn’t been before, I think she got confused about something, bless her) we had a nice chat for a while whilst I checked out the décor and the general atmosphere of the place.

I don’t think anything in particular stood out and made me wow, I could just tell, I’m in Nando’s, and it looks like Nando’s should. They did wash our table whilst we were ordering food, so it was nice and clean. But yes this branch is very thin, so if you’re an extremely obese person, I think it’s better to go to a wider branch like Southbank Clink Street.

The food arrived in under 10 minutes, well mine and one of my friends did, my other two friends had to wait another 5 minutes, whilst I had to fight off the urge to start eating, which I didn’t do too successfully as I was gorging it down in under a minute, sneakily eating chips before I just decided, what the heck and grabbed my knife and fork and got stuck in.

My friends meals eventually came so we all got started eating, with me trying to judge what the newbie was thinking about her medium chicken. One of my friends requested some mayonnaise when the Nandoca came over to ask if we wanted anything, and she immediately got it and bought it back to us.

The chicken was slightly dry and hard to cut up, but as we all know, a bit of extra-extra hot sauce on it and it just tastes heavenly. The garlic bread was done to perfection, not too soggy, not too burnt just right. The chips as well were delicious, not burnt and crispy, or cold and soft, just perfectly chippy, although I do wish I’d asked for some Peri-Peri salt on them  but dipping them in extra-extra hot sauce is just as good, the salt dispenser on the table was actually in one of the ones that used to have pepper in with the five holes, so when I tried to put some on, far more than I wanted came out all over my chips, upsetting. The piece of chicken was large (I remember one time I got butterfly chicken and it was a tiny piece!) I actually struggled to eat it all; I’m getting weak in my old age. The portion of chips wasn’t the largest I’ve had, but I’m used to getting large portions or two portions, so I can’t really judge how it compares to others.

My friends finished their meals long before me, I guess I’m a slow eater, I’m not sure what I thought of the waitress removing my friends plates from the table and leaving me with just mine, It made me feel greedy and lonely with everyone just watching me eat, but I suppose the removal of my friends plates just shows how quick the staff are in this place.

As upsetting as it was, I could not fit a desert in after all of the food, so we sat and chatted for a while whilst we took advantage of our bottomless drinks, before eventually departing and venturing out into London.

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