Liverpool - Queen Square - Blaynos Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 4.3 (3 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
4 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Drove up to Liverpool to watch the Reds take on Villa (the less said about that shambolic match, the better). Kick-off was at 5.30pm and we arrived into Liverpool city centre shortly after 2pm. We hadn't initially planned on eating specifically at Nando's but we parked in the Queen Square car park (£1.90 an hour, can be pretty twisty/narrow going up and down the levels) and when we exited into the pedestrian area, the smell of Nando's was unmistakeable!

We headed over to the Yates pub just across the road to catch the end of the Arsenal-City match before going to the Nando's. It's located adjacent to Queen Square bus station and there's a host of other restaurants in the vicinity. The branch is next to a pretty steep set of steps (that split the pedestrian square from the buses) with the entrance at the top.

Upon arrival, we were told there weren't any seats on the lower level but that we should go upstairs where another Nandoca would greet us - which they did. We were seated quickly at what seemed like the last available 4-person table and quickly went to the till, which the same Nandoca opened for us. Went for a chicken fillet burger with peri chips and double halloumi (admittedly, one would probably have sufficed!) and then claimed some free garlic bread as a reward.

The service station was almost non-existent. Just one bottle of extra hot sauce remained (lucky for me) but absolutely nothing else was there. The branch itself could do with some modernisation, it just looks pretty old, with signs of wear-and-tear. There is some quirky high-chair seating downstairs and the tills down there have a lot more space than upstairs - where if more than two people are queueing, that they are on top of the tables next to the tills, which isn't the best.

Food took a short while to come (fair enough for a busy Saturday) and it was excellent. All in all, it was an above average experience - which turned out to be the clear highlight of the day by the end of it...

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