Loughton - Nadine Holland Review
Nothing Great - I was keen to try out the new Nandos that had only just opening in Loughton. The welcoming staff were friendly and we were seated within 10 minutes and told the wait for food was 30 minutes. We were seated next to the wash barrel???? so had lots of people washing there hands inches from my back, not very nice.
As Nandos virgins, we had no idea it was not a standard restaurant, but that you had to queue to pay and serve half the meal yourself. But I lined up quickly in an attempt to speed up the food. The till staff seemed a bit unsure of how things worked, but were cheerful and friendly, at the start to an obviously busy night. The restaurant is interestingly decorated, but it was quite dirty. Dropped food was not cleaned up before new diners were seated. And the noise was deafening, you need some soft furnishings to absorb the canteen style echo. The menu was quite limited, as was the drinks options. The food arrived an hour after the order was placed, but luckily the children had spotted a few friends from school, so they were not too bored with the wait. The food was fair to average - the chicken was dry, and I'd prefer a flavourful sauce over powdered spice, but chips and frozen yogurt were nice. Ordering a second drinks was nearly a disaster for my husband, who was asked to re-queue to order beer, but managed to persuade waiting staff, he'd pay at the table. Overall food is very average and the place is noisy, but the children liked the frozen yoghurt machine. 2 out of 5