Ipswich - Damien Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 1 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
2.88 / 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: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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Three of us travelled to Ipswich from London on a Wednesday afternoon. To be fair, getting there on train was pretty expensive, even with a group saver discount involved. Still, it was neither the most expensive trip I've taken to a Nando’s, nor the furthest. After just oven an hour on the train, we were in Ipswich for Nando’s 95. The route from the station to the restaurant isn't exactly a pretty one. Despite crossing a river to get to the Cardinal “Leisure Park”, the walk is pretty damn ugly. At least it’s a short one though. After about 5 minutes of concrete and quiet roads, we were surrounded by Frankie & Benny’s, Cineworld, KFC and hundreds of parked cars. Ipswich’s Nando’s is in one-of-those-places.

We were met outside Nando’s by two more local friends, one of whom supports the nearby Ipswich Town football club, but had never ventured to the Nando’s before. We entered the frankly gigantic door in to the restaurant and were greeted by a member of staff with a clipboard, who confusingly took our name before showing us to a table not thirty seconds later. Ipswich Nando’s is on one floor and rather large. The space itself isn't too interesting, but some of the bigger artwork on the walls is quite striking. We all went up to order. Strangely, it turned out that none of us ordered chicken. There were four veggie meals and one steak. What are the chances? I gathered cutlery and some mucky-looking sauce bottles, and headed back to the table.

The food eventually came out. It was fine, but not amazing. That’s the problem with this place, it’s all very standard and mediocre. The place was well staffed, but I didn't experience outstandingly good or bad service. The place is clean and tidy, but not amazing looking. The food didn't take an age to arrive but wasn't speedy. And yeah… the food was slap-bang in the middle of what you’d expect.

I wish I had more to say about Ipswich’s Nando’s, but I really don’t. Instead I have two tips for you:
-Don’t eat at the Frankie & Benny’s next door. The would-be 6th member of our group had to rain check after getting food poising from a meal there on the previous day.
-Visit the town centre. Some of it is very nice, a lot nicer than the area surrounding the Station/Nando’s/Football Ground.

On to the next Nando’s!

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