Kings Cross - Adam Nicol Review

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Number of Visits: 
10-50
How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, February 14, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
4 / 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: 
2 (Quite disappointing - seems rushed, may have some parts burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
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Instead of sitting in alone on Valentine's Day I decided I'd just go to Nando's with my friend, we were originally going to go to a different branch but another friend asked to join our man date so we decided to go to King's Cross as it was more of an equal distance between us. I've been to this branch many times before, I've never seen it extremely busy but this time it was. I didn't expect it to take long to get a table for three, I expected for all the tables for two to be taken, but when we arrived there was a queue of 4 other groups 3 people waiting, so as usual they took our name and number and told us it would be a 5-10 minute wait, which was acceptable considering it was a Friday night and a special day!

The best thing about this visit is that in the area where people where queuing, they had a small gun range set up with tiny duck targets and a toy gun, if you were table to hit a duck then you got a free rose! No cost to play! So of course I had to try and I managed to hit one first try easily and win a rose for my friend! This made me feel awesome and I was already happy with this visit before I even got seated. I don't know if all branches were doing this or just this one but I loved it!

We got seated downstairs, I'd never sat downstairs before so I was excited and happy! The seats we got had the comfiest cushions along the back and it was nice and chilled downstairs, no busy queues like upstairs. We sat down for about 10 minutes whilst my friend, who wasn't a Nando's expert, decided what to order. Eventually we went upstairs to order, there was a small queue for the tills but we got served in no time at all and I was back downstairs on my comfy seat only a few minutes after I'd stood up.

Food - 2/5 - The food though, was rather disappointing. The visit so far had been going great and I was looking forward to the food. I had ordered my usual Butterfly chicken, extra hot with peri-chips and garlic bread. Most of the chicken was burned, I had to peel the skin off it for it to be eatable, that upset me as I hadn't been to Nando's for over a week. The garlic bread was also really hard, I struggled to cut it up, I prefer it when it's a lot softer. The chips were fine but didn't have much peri-salt on, and it was also quite a small portion, average, but I've had bigger. So the food was the main problem with this meal. I got strawberry ice-cream for dessert, it was good as usual.

Speed of Service - 4/5 - As I above, there was a 10 minute wait for a table, which is really good for a Friday night on Valentine's Day! There was only a small queue when we went to order and our food came in about 10 minutes, though as it was poorly cooked the speed isn't necessarily a good thing this time.

Friendliness of Staff - 5/5 - The staff were really friendly! Especially when they invited us to take part in the shooting game, the Nandoca doing it was very smiley and congratulated me when I managed to hit one, it felt awesome. The person who showed us to our table and served us were nice as well.

Decor - 5/5 - I've wrote stuff about the decor of this branch before, but as it was Valentine's Day it had lots of balloons around and the special shooting game to win roses, It was really nice! Though it was my first time sitting downstairs and there were some really low lights that I had to try not walk into, I was sure I would bang my head but I managed not to. Also there is a cutlery/plate/drink/sauce area downstairs so you don't have to walk upstairs whenever you need something, unfortunately there weren't a large selection of sauces there, no extra-extra hot!

Overall I'd like to say I really enjoyed this visit, but the burnt chicken really let me down and as the food is the most important part I'd have to say it was disappointing. I probably will return to this branch in the future as it's right next to King's Cross.

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