Lime Street - Ryan Review
Found myself on a fleeting visit to London, so what better way than to stop off at the most recently opened Nando's - Lime Street??
As with most London branches, I would rate this as N/A for parking. The Banl tube station is a few minutes walk away so easy to get to. I happened to be at the Barbican, which itself was only 10/15 minutes walk away.
As you enter, the ground floor is for takeaway orders - with plenty of room to sit and wait and it has its own kitchen! Downstairs is then the main seating area. It's certainly not the biggest Nando's you'll go to and has about 25 two-seater tables, so be aware it could become quite busy quickly on weekends. The tables can be pushed together for larger parties etc.
As you go downstairs, round to the immeidate left, tucked behind the lift are four of the tables (which did see a little cramped) with the remainder running along the wall and round the back to the right.
Being underground there's no natural light and so Nando's have done their best to create some reflective copper ceilings, beige/white washed walls and low level lighting - to create light. Half a dozen or so bright canvas paintings on the walls tucked behind the lift and the back-right to brighten it up too. Spotless toilets as well.
First impressions of the staff were really good too. A very friendly welcome from the chap upstairs and also plenty of staff on to check and chat with the customers. Even for a early-evening meal (approx 6pm) it was very quiet, with only a few tables occupied.
No wait to order or for the food to come - and all three of us had their food within five minutes! It was delicious as well. Very hot chicken - bright, white meat, smothered in sauce. Hot, crispy chips and hot moist rice too. Only downside was the portion sizes were a little smaller than I have seen - but great tastes.