Manchester - Printworks - Elliott Waters Review

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Number of Visits: 
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, May 11, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
2.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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My final Nando's in Manchester city centre which I have to review, so took an opportunity having missed the train, to endulge in a pitty-felt Nando's in my second city.

Entered the outlet, and was shown to a table on the ground floor. It wasn't all that busy when I arrived around 1745, but it had filled up by time I left at 1830. I find this outlet is incredibly dark inside, and whilst has some interesting pieces of artwork around the place, the dark nature of them simply adds to the dull interior. They could really improve this outlet by adding some colour to the place, rather than everything being dark brown. The outlet is on two levels, with the ground as you enter, containing many tables squished in to the right, with cutlery, sauce, till and grill in the rear right hand corner. The stairs to the upper level are immediately in front of you as you enter, taking you to a slightly more spacious but still compact first floor which also contains a till and the toilets.

I placed my order which was fine, and my meal arrived after just under 15 minutes, and was fairly average. I ordered 1/4 chicken mango and lime with salad and spicy rice. The 1/4 chicken was warm, but lacked any kind of mango and lime flavour. The salad was fresh out the fridge as was cool and crisp. The spicy rice was nice and warm, a little lumpy towards the bottom, but had enough spice on it to provide the typical 'kick'. After gobbling it down, I left the outlet, quickly making my way to Piccadilly to catch my train home.

The outlet is located in The Printworks, which is a leisure building near Victoria.There are many other food chains in the building, including Hard Rock Cafe, Wetherspoons, and Harvester. The building is a former Print Works, hence the name, and still retains many of the original features which are quite appealing to look at. It can be reached very easily by foot, simply head for the Exchange Square and Victoria areas of Manchester. There is a tram line running close by, where you can reach from stops including Shudehill and Victoria, and Exchange Square from 2016. Buses are also fairly frequent, as Shudehill bus interchange is close by, and also the FREE Metroshuttle service 2 (Green one) passes the front entrance to the Printworks. Rail is also accessible, with Piccadilly, Oxford Road, and Victoria stations all walkable, or accessible on the tram/free bus. Parking is available in the Arndale centre which is a short walk away.

Overall an OK outlet in Manchester - certainly not the best the city centre has to offer, but Nando's all the same.

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