High Street Kensington - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
2.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
2 (Quite rude, ignored me as they walked past)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
1.5 (Very disappointing - cold, flavourless, burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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So onto my third Nando's of the evening and this took me to High Street Kensington. It's only a few minutes walk down from High Street Kensington tube stop, but seeing as though I was at Earl's Court, this was just half a mile walk away. There's an Odeon in Kensington as well which is right by the Nando's. As with Earl's Court, there is the same Tesco Superstore half a mile walk away, which offers two hours free parking for customers. Not sure what the minimum spend is though.

While this branch doesn't strike you with any amazing decor features, there are plenty of tables and it is far more spacious than say Earl's Court. As soon as you enter there are two longer tables right infront of you, which have some odd black plastic chairs for seating. Tucked around to the right of the entrance are a couple of four-seater tables, with a good sized waiting section to the left of the entrance. Above these two longer tables are some upside-down glass fruit bowls for the shades.

On the right hand side wall there is a bench running all along it right to the back (separated by the sauce station), which has some big black metal lightshades above it, with some other copper shades too. This right hand side wall is made up of walnut shells at the front and then three very large canvas paintings at the back. At the very back behind glass is a wall made up entriely of pots/vases (and illuminated red) also with a few tables inside the glass to sit at. Maybe only during the day I imagine...

Downstairs there a plenty more tables - which are surrounded by walls made/clad entirely of wicker. The toilets are also downstairs.

It was about 9:45pm at this point, so needless to say it was pretty quiet - but the food still took 19 minutes to come. I was claiming a free quarter chicken and I'd asked for a breast piece, but maybe I just didn't wink enough (or too much - I always get those wrong) as a very scabby leg turned up. I did say I'd ordered a breast piece but was assured this was a breast piece... I asked if I could have a different breast piece in that case but she just walked away and left me crying into my chicken... well, into my bones - as there was barely any meat on it at all. A couple of stabs with the fork took all of the meat away. Sadly the chips didn't make up for it either. They had been sat on the side for a while so by the time they came they were pretty soggy and lukewarm. Hey ho.

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