Great Portland Street - Elliott Review

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How Helpful?: 
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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
3 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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A visit to a Central London Nando's which is a little off the beaten track, Great Portland Street.

Entered and was seated after a short wait (despite no-one being in the outlet) in a table that was right by the window. After a spell of conversation, I went up to order. This was a fairly painless experience other than the server went off to seat a pair of diners mid-way through my order. Not great. Otherwise, seemed to go OK.

The food arrived after around 12 minutes, and was quite good. I ordered a Churrasco Thigh Burger Mango and Lime with Peri chips and Coleslaw. The burger was really tasty. Lots of sauce and Fino-slaw inside, with a generous size of cheese. The chicken was cooked really well too. Chips had a good helping of peri-salt on them, and the coleslaw was good. Quite a tasty meal.

The staff were okay, but they could have been more helpful. To run out from behind the counter whilst serving me to deal with a customer who had just arrived at the door, is a bit silly.

The outlet itself I personally don't like. It has a very clinical feel to it, and the whitewash floor goes with the very bare nature of the outlet. Sadly any artwork is simply lost as your eyes are drawn to the floor. It just looks unfinished and bare. I was squished in a small table at the front, which had very restricted leg room. Not too good when you're 6ft 1! It's quite a big outlet, with a large open clinical space. The toilets are located downstairs and were reasonably clean.

You can reach this outlet by Underground to Great Portland Street or Oxford Circus stations. The outlet is almost equidistant between the two on Great Portland Street. It is not far from Euston station, which I walked from. There are buses on Euston Rd and Oxford Street, however nothing on Great Portland St itself. Parking is on-street and very limited.

Overall, the food was very good, but the outlet itself is very bare and just lacks atmosphere as a result. Wouldn't recommend this outlet if you're after a full Nando's experience!

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