Lime Street - Pompey Ranger Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, December 9, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
3.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
2 (Quite disappointing - seems rushed, may have some parts burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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This central London store is in the heart of the city, close to Leadenhall Market, Bank of England, the walkie talkie building and the Gerkin meaning a high likelihood of bankers and traders so keep your hand on you wallet. The upstairs is quint and old worldly and is merely a entrance and till / waiting area for takeaway. If you request to eat in you are taken subterranean following the host either by grey concrete stairs or by lift. In the cellar the seating area spurs off to the left and right in a bulls crescent kind of way with art work and lots of pots on one of the back walls. The serving area is in the middle. Its quite dark and fawn coloured down here underground. The toilets are through a maze and on the lower basement which explains the large amount of damp on the ceiling and walls as you go down to them. The toilets were clean and spacious, though I think for the disabled to get here they would have to come down in the lift and be lead though the kitchen.

The staff were friendly, the food not that fast but within expectation of time. The chicken was the small London sort and the habitual smaller portion than the rest of the country. My corn on the cob was dark in colour and not from cooking, I believe it had started going off and had a distinct gone off taste which surprised me as I thought they always came into the store frozen! Perhaps it had been defrosted a day or two in advance and not sold that day?

Also a disappointment was that despite the receipt showing I had been issued a chilli on my card, when I checked on the webpage I discovered I hadn't received one, which was something that whilst the help people at Nandos fixed after an email was still annoying and its only as I check my chillies on line that I noticed.

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