Liverpool - Queen Square - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, March 28, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
2.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
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: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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A bit odd this Nando's. It's in Queen Square which has a few other restaurants and pubs (a big Yates opposite Nando's for example) - but then there are also a lot of places closed down (such as The Rat and Parrot). From speaking to some of the locals - the "other" side of town by the Docks and Liverpool One is the better place to go now. You could see this as arriving about 8pm, it wasn't busy - although I was told there was a 10 minute wait even though there were several tables free - and the whole of the upstairs was empty too. Anyway, I got seated in about 5 minutes. Generally no wait at the till and the food came in about 10 minutes.

Sadly, the butterfly double chicken breast was burnt and quite dry and no way was that a double breast! Unfortunately there was no table sauce in sight - not even any ketchup. I walked around every table to see if there was any spare and could only see one bottle of XXHot in the whole place. I asked one of the girls if there were any more bottles of anything and so all credit to her, she bought me a little plastic tub... but that's only going to coat a few chips - I need half a bottle for my addiction! I asked for a few more but the wait between them got longer and longer and my food was going cold. Never mind.

The decor was quite plain - some carved pots on the window sills but not much artwork anywhere. It's also a really odd layout off the restaurant. As you walk in there's a big massive space to go up to the counter. In a busy Brum branch you'd have another 10 tables crammed in here - creating a busy atmos, but here, apart from one two-seater every table was next to the wall, the stairs, a door - so a bit of repositioning could work wonders.

I parked in Victoria Street car park which was 70p/hour after 6 - so cheap and a couple minute walk.

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