Goodge Street - Blaynos Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 3 (2 votes)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, February 23, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
1 (>25 mins - Asked repeatedly. I need my Nando's)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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My company moved its offices to a building on the doorstep of Edgware Road tube station so I decided it was only right to get a Nando's for lunch. Figured I could easily make the trip down to the Goodge Street branch and back within the hour (it's the nearest branch I've not visited before)... Popped across on the Circle/H&C line two stops to Great Portland Street and then walked the length of Cleveland Street (luckily I just avoided a hail shower while briefly on the tube). You can easily see the Nando's from the junction of Cleveland/Goodge St (and the latter's station is at the other end of the road, round the corner).

I arrived about 5mins after my allotted time for an online order and my food - a chicken burger and halloumi - still wasn't ready, and I had to wait a further 5mins, which would make it close to 35mins in total since I ordered (no doubt a very busy branch during the lunch period). Easily made it back to the office in time and I have to say that the food was superb - burger was dripping in sauce and tasted superb and the halloumi was very tasty - even if it did seem slightly under-cooked at first - I can't give it anything other than a 5/5.

Being fair, can only give the branch a 3/5 for its appearance. The age-old problem of tills being right by the door aside, it seemed like a decent enough branch, although I didn't really have much of a look round. Ceiling did seem quite low though. Constant queue at the till but there were a couple of empty tables in the restaurant. A Nandoca greeted me at the door, immediately went to check on my order, and another waitress apologised for the delay when giving me my order so another 5/5 for them.

Incidentally, I had Wagamamas for dinner and it did occur to me that it always tastes pretty much the same, whereas there is definitely more variation with what you get from Nando's. Just a thought.

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