Kentish Town - Christopher Poole Review

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Number of Visits: 
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
3.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Mixed Olives
Halloumi Burger hot
PERi chips
Soft Drink
Caramel Cheesecake
Double Espresso

PLACE: Table 4. I remember going on one of my very first dates with @erdavidson to this Nando's. I remember it being dark and romantic. Today I saw it in the cold harsh day and realised it was just an old-style do's with no special themeing. It was also empty and lacking that peri-atmosphere although it was old enough to have the retro 6-head soda fountain, which was great- 5/10

SERVICE: [ ] her name was just a big gap on the receipt. Sort of appropriate as she was so bland. All I remember was her offering me cheese and pineapple in my Halloumi burger. I'm not sure if that is protocol, maybe she wasn't even listening to what I had ordered but double cheese intrigued me so much that I just had to say 'yes'- 5/10

FOOD: A STRONG WORD OF WARNING TO ANY ONE WHO ORDERS THE MUSHROOM HALLOUMI BURGER- DO NOT order the cheese and pineapple with it. Just imagine, Portuguese bread, atop squeaky Cyriot cheese, atop slimy fungus, atop melted English cheddar atop wet, exotic citrus fruit all coated with Mexican Chilli jam. You may think this would taste odd, it did, but it wasn't bad. I warn you because by the time this monster reached my table it had already tried to slime its way off my plate. The burger was a slug that had collapsed into a squelchy mess. This was the most expensive Nandos's on the challenge so far and it wasn't worth it. The portions were running at 60% of their normal size and the food was quite cold even though the 'straunt was empty. It deserves the pathetic 14/30 score it has on the Google- 5/10

COMPANION: What an absolute honour and privilege it was to dine alongside one of my biggest influences. Simon Balch is a fellow journalist. He reviews toothbrushes, eggs, keys and many more. What strikes me about Simon is his passion for accuracy and real-world usage which, in turn, makes for gripping videos of honesty and integrity. I was in awe. He said he'd film me and give me some pointers, so maybe a Nando's Challenge YouTube channel will be finally happening. In fact, I'm just registering it now. Here is Simon reviewing eggs- 10/10

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