Manchester - Parrs Wood - Damien Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 1 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
2.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
2 (Quite rude, ignored me as they walked past)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Parrs Wood Nando's is rare, in that it's one of the only In Manchester I had yet to visit. The quest brought us here to Nando's 45 on a snowy Saturday afternoon.
The Parrs Wood complex itself is one of these cinema/bingo/chain restaurant affairs, so where you'd usually expect to find a Nando's.
We had no trouble parking up, and got greeted and seated on arrival.

The restaurant itself is a was a long, very loud corridor type affair and the interior was dusty in places (noticeable cobwebs on the somewhat broken chandeliers), but it wasn't too bad.
The service at the counter was slow, and many of the staff were busy messing about, often neglecting multiple orders of food waiting under the heater hood.
The girl who served some of my friends kept getting sidetracked to throw things and flirt with a colleague, completely ignoring the customers.
One guy bringing food out had an absolute look of bafflement on his face every time he checked an order receipt, staring at it for up to half a minute before giving up and going off to do something else (possibly work related, possibly not).
Suffice to say, they did forget a few of our items, but some of the more attentive staff eventually sorted this out when we flagged it up.

When all the food did come out, there were no quality issues as far as I'm concerned.
Everything was hot and tasty, more so than your average Nando's.
Our group of 7 all enjoyed their food with no great complains.
The only downer from this point on was that the restaurant began to get more packed with (possible pre-cinema) people, and a member of staff pretty much stood over us waiting for us to leave.

All in all, the visit wasn't too great, but the above average food made up for it.

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