Loughton - Gerry Louis Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, December 21, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
3.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

This branch is about 7 minute walk from Loughton underground station, on a corner of the main high street behind a huge tree. The tree blocks the Nando's sign if facing it but it provides shade in the spring/summer for the large outside seating area. There is a car park for maybe six cars next door in the Majestic wines? Car park.. Can't remember if that's what it was. There is a Topps Tiles nearby also which offers free wi-fi but you need to register...

Anyway I got to the branch about 12.15 though I wanted to get there for 11.30. I unfortunately came in during the lunch crowd but got a table by the window by the entrance opposite where everyone else chose to sit. There was a bit of a queue to order but there 3 tills open to move the crowd along. The Nandoca told me I had a red reward so I chose a chicken wrap with peri chips and garlic bread but forgot to tell her no lettuce, jam, yoghurt and the rest. Over 20 minutes later the food arrived.

It was nice. Too much lettuce stuffed into the wrap, the peppers in the wrap quite prominent. Is this a permanent change as I prefer the plain bread? Also there were only three strips if chicken across the whole wrap so you don't get much meat for your money. The chips were nice, plenty of peri salt and the garlic bread was only lightly toasted in the middle with a singed edge going around it. It wasn't a bad meal... I should have stuck to my usual half chicken combo seeing as it was 'free'.

It's a relatively big branch, circular in shape and it also allows the toilets to be separate from the main eating area. Three quite large ladies cubicles, only two could be used, but the sink area was quite cool though I can't remember why right now that I was impressed with it. A high ceiling meant for a tall Christmas tree also, with a Barci at the top of course. The staff are quite smiley and friendly, very welcoming. I could recommend the branch for anyone on that side of London, yes it's definitely worth travelling to but it takes a long time.

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