Luton - Damien Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
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?: 

Nando’s 75 took us to the town of Luton. About a 5 minute walk from the station is The Galaxy Centre. Situated near quite a few relatively cheap car parks, this building contains a cinema, a gym and the Nando’s. The centre was probably considered to be a more central location ten years ago when the Nando’s opened, but with the more recent renovation of the main shopping area (also about 5 minutes away), it leaves the area around the Nando’s/Galaxy feeling pretty desolate. This was also apparent inside the restaurant itself, which was almost empty at Saturday lunchtime.

We were given our choice of table inside the kinda’ square shape restaurant (which contains some nice light fittings). While the place itself was lacking in punters, the ambience was offset somewhat by the excessive volume of the piped-in music, which was almost deafening/comically loud in the toilets. The staff I came into contact with all seemed friendly and efficient (though scoffed a little when both myself and Lap ordered veggie) and the food came out quickly. My veggie pitta wasn’t among the best I’d had, to be honest. The patty itself was a little undercooked/lukewarm and extra hot order needed to be topped up with quite a lot of peri sauce for full enjoyment. The rest of my food all seemed to be the standard affair.

Despite these small problems, Luton seems like a generally good Nando’s that is for some reason lacking in customers (possibly preferring to go to one of the many nearby Peri Peri Chicken takeaways we spotted nearby). If they crank down the tunes a little and maybe learn how to do the veggie, this place would be up there with the best of them.

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