Lime Street - Marc Joss Review
It had been a while since my last visit to a new Nando's and this 2 month old branch served as a reminder as to exactly how big the differences between branches can be!
As you walk in, you might be confused as there are no tables in sight, only some tills, hundreds of bottles of peri sauce and a kitchen. Fear not, seating is downstairs and ground level is for take aways only. This branch has two kitchens interestingly: one for eat in, one for take aways and they seem proud of it! Based on this visit, it is hard to say how well the system works as there were nowhere near enough Nandoers in the house to put it under strain on a pleasant Wednesday evening. I do of course have faith that it is an efficient one!
I was greeted by a bubbly Nandoca who showed me down the stairs on the right of which lies a beautiful blue piece of artwork whose colour can apparently be changed to spice things up a bit! There are maybe 15-20 tables downstairs, most of which are twos so the branch can't actually seat that many chicken lovers which is why timing is important. Being between Bank and Monument means this Nando's is for city workers and therefore is one to avoid at lunch but is perfect for an evening meal as it is rarely busy according to manager Laura. It doesn't even open on the weekends as there is no point!
There were only 2 other parties eating when Sophie and I went to order which meant no queue and only a short wait for food. I was impressed with the look of my large peri chips but slightly disappointed by the taste hence the 2.5. They were slightly overcooked for my taste which was a shame as everything else was great. The half chicken could have been a bit meatier but I was definitely satisfied on completion.
All in all, this is a great central London branch to visit for its unique décor but be wary of lunch hour and aim for a weekday dinner instead if possible! This branch could even potentially host a future Rate Your Nando's Contributor Event. Watch this space!