Mile End - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
3.38 / 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: 
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?: 

The last few times I've been to London, I've been squeezing as many Nando's in as I can (without feeling too sick) and so this evening was going to be no different - and Mile End was the first of four!

This one is easily found, just a couple minutes walk to the left as you leave Mile End tub station.

Got to this Nando's at about 5pm and was surprised at just how quiet it was. Only a couple of tables in use and the food came in just under 15 minutes, so gave me a little time to check out the decor. It's better than most of your standard London Nando's in that it's quite light and airy, fairly spacious and has some nice bits of colour.

The main thing is the big curved wooden ceiling that sweeps round the whole downstairs ceiling and the bare-brick ceiling above the mezzanine seating level. Up towards the mezzanine seating are a whole bunch of multi-coloured orbs hanging down for the lighting along with further big white cones in the downstairs windows. There are a dozen or so small canvas paintings on the staircase pillar, with further colourful canvasses on the back downstairs wall... and an enormous canvas of a tribesman in feathers and all sorts by the main entrance.

The upstairs toilets are very dark and despite the lighting on the mezzanine level, it's quite dark up there too. I think overall this just about edges to a 4.

I had the chicken fillet burger and chips and was very pleased to get a big, juicy chicken fillet that was smothered in sauce - nice tomato slice with plenty of lettuce. Chips were an average sized portion and hot enough.

Staff were pleasant enough (Aloessi and Olga certainly caught the eye...) but doing everything as expected.

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