Leeds - The Light - Elliott Waters Review

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Number of Visits: 
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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Arrived at the outlet for a sneaky Nando's lunch, and decided to give The Light a go, as despite visiting many years ago, I hadn't managed to slap up a review for this one yet.

I approached the outlet, which is in The Light shopping centre, and was greeted by a friendly Nandoca, who showed me to a table inside at my request. I was seated on an upper level seating area, which was quite dark, but nicely tucked out of the way. After a short ponder of the menu, I went to order. The order process was fairly ample, nothing too special, the Nandoca did what she needed to do, and I returned to my table.

I waited around 14 minutes for my meal to arrive, which is reasonable for the number of Nandos diners who were also in the outlet. I ordered a quarter chicken hot with chips. The chicken was quite tender and warm, with the sauce giving it quite a good kick. The only problem I find with ordering chicken on the bone, is you often don't really get much in the way of sauce flavour as you rip the leg to shreds, and this was the case here. The chips were reasonable, although a little small on the portion size, and a little soggy. This was washed down with a cold tap water from the machine.

The outlet is split in to three sections. There is a reasonably sized outdoor seating area, which I don't like, as I feel like I'm in a zoo, and I requested to be sat inside. There is the main part of the outlet, which is as you enter,and consists of a large dining area to the left, with the till and grill to the right. The third area, is up a slight set of stairs, to the rear left of the outlet, and contains a small number of tables and booths, which is where I managed to sit. There are a number of plants, and all the seats are red outside. The inside, the floor is tiled, and the tables are neatly spaced, but you get that dreadful tile scraping sound when sat down. The upper level contains wood flooring, and the booths are a plush cream colour. The decor is a little bit like Middlesbrough, with a few items of artwork on the walls, but nothing really of great interest.

Overall, an OK outlet. However, if you are after a full Nando's experience, I would strongly reccomend the Trinity Centre outlet, over this one. However, if you prefer to feel like you're the star of a zoo, then outside at The Light is the place to be.

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