Great Portland Street - Christopher Poole 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: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
4.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
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?: 

Whole chicken extra hot
Toasted pitta
Side Salad
Soft drink

PLACE: Table 6. This do's has immediate wow-factor as soon as you walk in. A vast concrete poultry mosque with industrial metal tables and attention to design that literally hits you over the eyeballs. I had a fantastic experience in the toilets, which were very unique. A maze of individually coloured beach huts with traffic lights to tell you which were occupied. Strangely, the loo was an airblade-free zone, instead opting for eco-friendly compact dryers in each cubicle- 9/10

SERVICE: Host- Rochelle was a trainee who needed manager's permission to strike off my free chicken but that didn't detract from her peri-charm. She was an extra hot Nandoca who I can see going places within the Nandobusiness. This particular 'straunt was awarded the overall winner for "Ops Check" for the UK and North London. I'm not sure what ops check is but if it means having stunning Nandettes serving you beautiful cuttings of warm hen meat, then this 'dos get's my vote too - 8/10

FOOD: What's that I hear? It's the the sound of pitta platter returning to my regular Nando's order. I had a free loyalty chicken to spend, which is always a chance for me to order the Nando's Challenge personal pitta kit and create my dream sandwich right from my table. I love the feeling of being a Nando chef. Inserting the cheese and pineapple followed by the correct ratio of salad, mayo and chicken into the toasted pitta allows me to sample the regime that those talented cooks do on a daily basis- 8/10

COMPANION: Raphael seemed stressed, particularly after he spent 25 minutes trying to decipher toilet maze- 6/10

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