Llanelli - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
4.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
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This Nando's in on Eastgate Retail Park, which is a brand new complex. Along with a few other eateries on the site it also had a new Odeon cinema. There are still parts of it yet to open or be developed, which probably explains why it's still a little quiet. There is surface parking right outside which is very cheap (max 4 hour stay at £2 total, or £1/hr, £1.50/2hrs) and charged between 8am-6pm. I arrived around 8pm so it was free for me! There is also a well sign-posted multi-storey (Murray Street) just a few minutes walk away which is £2.10 maximum. Llanelli Train Station is also 1 mile walk away.

As it was 8pm, I thought it was going to be quiet, but this restaurant was nearly empty and never got any busier. There were only a few tables in use so no wait at all with the food coming within 5 minutes.

I've been on a bit of roll recently with great food from Nando's and this was no exception. It was superb! Yet another enormous half portion of chicken. The amount of meat on the leg was fantastic - this must have been one big ol' chicken! It was piping hot and very moist throughout, smothered in marinade and cooked to perfection with the right amount of charring on the outside. The portion of chips and rice were just as delicious. The rice was towering over the bowl and was hot and moist and the chips were also towering on the plate and were very hot and crispy. Delicious!!

The layout of this restaurant is quite open. There's a curved wall as you walk in which separates the till area and seating area. The other side of this wall forms the bench seating for about five tables chairs. A further five four-seater tables are in the front full length windows. There are five booths running along the right hand wall and in the middle of the restaurant are three 8-seater tables and further bench seating by this. Just past the tills towards the back of the restaurant are a few more booths and a couple of extra table/chair sets, taking this to about 35 tables inside - with a further six four-seater tables outside, meaning it can cater any size cinema crowd!

The restaurant decor is really nice too. Above the booths are colourful small glass lampshades, lattice effect beige shades above the window tables and uplights suspended from a wavy wooden effect on the ceiling. The wall behind the booths also has carvings in it to look like trees. The upholstery and the bench seating is bright vibrant stripes and there are multiple large colourful canvas prints on the walls. There's also a big colourful ceramic clad pillar in the middle of the floor seating area, making this a very well laid out, colourful, modern and clean branch.

Staff were friendly enough but did everything as expected.

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