Kings Cross - Lawrence Simpson Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, December 28, 2012
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
4 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

It was time for the next Rate Your Nando's Contributors dinner and this one brought me to the eatery right opposite King's Cross St Pancras station. It has a lot of places to compete with; many fast food chains and takeaways stand in our favourite restaurant's way but it stands tall in the face of adversity.

The King's Cross branch has fantastic rail and underground links and a plethora of entertainment outlets nearby. Parking is the only thing that it's really lacking in the vicinity. This was the first time I had been to this branch in nigh on 2 years and it was nice to come back and give it another chance. My last experience had been marred by an apathetic head of staff and a broken frozen yogurt machine. Since then, it had put me off going back there again. However, the prospect of meeting my like-minded Nandistadors gave me strength as I ventured inside. I was then reminded about the really eclectic interior. The use of mosaics in various designs and styles, not to mention the pretty chandeliers and light fixtures, allowed this branch to really stand out from most of the regularly furnished ones.

The group I was meeting was 15-strong and the staff had catered for our group's size very well and we didn't feel cramped at all. The only stumbling block was a slight stumble of communication with the cashier regarding the party we were with, but it was quickly addressed and we got our food ordered. I will say, the service we got was some of the fastest I have ever experienced. Within 5 or so minutes, I had my food and was just waiting for a few more plates to arrive so as to not feel greedy or inconsiderate. That didn't take long as within a few more minutes, nearly half of the orders had come.

The food itself was above average. The sauce and marinade was in good supply and the chicken didn't taste or appear dry which was welcome. It went down a treat and the amount of meat on the bone was more than enough for me. I didn't feel cheated one bit. The ratatouille is a fine addition to the posh sides with it sporting a less tomatoey base and more courgettes than usual which didn't bother me though. The frozen yogurt machine, which was sporting chocolate today, was in working order this time around thankfully!

I can safely say that my faith has been restored in this Nando's. If I find myself looking for chicken, then I will not avoid the King's Cross restaurant again.

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