Kensal Rise - Gerry Louis Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time of Day: 
Mid-afternoon or late evening
4.5 / 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 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
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?: 

Who can blame me for partaking in a post gym nando's? Had the intention to go to clapham but seeing as blayne had been here so recently i travelled for an hour to get here. Not that close to the overground though but within walking distance and very hard to miss.

I love the music and atmosphere here. I felt like getting up and doing zumba on the tables. It's not that big inside but it takes up the whole corner of banister road off the chamberlayne road. All glass front too you can still watch the world turn outside.

Fairly empty, i was greeted by a visibly pregnant gosia and was offered table number one right by the entrance and the counter. Luckily there was a glass partition type thing that kept me protected against the cold as more customers came in. Again she was at the counter to help me order my free half chicken, three wings halloumi and sweet mash.

Only a ten minute wait for the food so took in my surroundings. Mustard yellow sofa seat against the wall from one to table five then booths following around the exterior window wall. Another central yellow sofa seat for six two seater tables in a crescent moon shape, then other scattered tables down the middle of the restaurant. Very spacious too unlike other nando's so there'll be no bumping of tables or squeezing past. Very commendable.

Barring the dark halloumi and one burnt chicken wing the meal was really great. The half chicken was my favourite, tender, juicy, smothered in sauce and cooked well. The mash had a few chunks but they can be forgiven for that. This restaurant is well lit. Chess Pawn shaped lighting in different sizes and colours down the middle, normal lampshade ones down the inner wall and bedside lamp ones against the window wall.

You know what i love most about this branch? No stairs! The toilets are on the same floor as the restaurant and were really easy to find. The tiling was also very beautiful, red and cream kite shaped tiles inside the ladies and a black and white set similar pattern in the corridor. Well set out branch and the wall art was inspiring too.

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