Manchester - Piccadilly - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (4 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Well what better way to round off the fastest England ODI 10 wicket-win than with some peri-peri goodness? As I was at Old Trafford, the short walk to the Metro meant I could easily get to this Nando's. The Manchester Piccadilly Gardens stop is just a minute's walk from this Nando's - and since you are right in the city centre, it means the Nando's is also less than half a mile walk from The Printworks (Odeon), The Arndale and the National Football Museum.

Parking is plentiful but expensive in the City Centre and generally costs £2.50/1hr, £5/2hrs, £7.50/3hrs and upwards from there.

This Nando's doesn't look like much from the outside, as it shares its shop front/heading with a long row of other establishments (such as Zizzi and Morrisons) and is nestled under a Travelodge... but luckily inside it's completely different.

It's over two floors (ground and basement) with a till on each level. The ground floor is probably the more decorated. As you enter you see it's a long narrowish restaurant, with three 6-8 seater long tables running down the middle and booths to the right and two-seater tables to the left. This is all underneath some big wavy wooden slats with oval shaped orbs hanging from them. The upholstery is bright and the canvas paintings are also bright. Just pass this seating are the stairs down with further seating past this. On the stairs are some colourful vases going up to the ceiling that create a separator to the stairs. Downstairs the decor is also great - but plenty of canvasses on some of the walls, with the ceiling and the other walls being clad in wood with square patterns cut out - and again lots of bright upholstery.

Arriving at this Nando's at about 8pm - it was less than half full, so no wait to order and the food came in under 10 minutes and it was delicious. The half chicken was more like three-quarters as it was so big and it was cooked just right with a little charring on the outside and caked in sauce. The chips and rice were above-average sized portions and were hot and crispy/moist.

Staff were also very pleasant indeed making above normal chit chat with just about everybody (downstairs anyway), so all in all a very nice visit and meal.

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