Old Street - Blaynos Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (3 votes)
Number of Visits: 
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, January 25, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
4.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
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?: 

RYN28 at the recently opened Old Street branch; already my second visit to the restaurant having been on its opening day. Still a 5/5 for décor for all the reasons described in my first review and the rest of the evening was good too.

Staff were excellent (just as on Day 1), most notably Canel(?) – the Nandoca on the till, who also helped solve my food problem (more on that in a sec) - and the guy at the end of the evening who was discussing the Spitalfields branch with myself, Steven, Marc and James.

There was plenty of pitta and dips to go round and a few wings too before the usual raffle (not as many as Kentish Town but that’s sure as hell not a complaint!), and then waited for most of the other guests to go up and order (we basically had the entire downstairs to ourselves at this point so was easy to gauge when to queue up).

Good to have 20% off on the meal so I went for a butterfly burger (hot, no mayo), with peri chips and a double side of halloumi… Unfortunately, when it came, it was rather comically stolen by someone at the other end of the table. I can only assume they’d never been to Nando’s (or ever eaten out) as they claimed the meal despite it being different to what they ordered; very strange. I don’t really place much blame on the Nandoca as they were probably on edge hosting an RYN dinner anyway and just want to offload the food (besides, what dumbass claims a meal that they didn’t order! – certainly made us laugh down the other end of the table).

Anyway, with that eventually rectified; I devoured my food, which was pretty good. Butterfly burger perhaps felt a tad smaller than I’m used to (both chicken and roll) as were the halloumi pieces but there was plenty of peri salt on the chips. Oh, and to add here, copious amounts of napkins, sauces and wet wipes were on the table before we came.

With the food coma in full effect, Liv, Steven and myself attempted the quiz… and somehow won. All in all, another good RYN dinner.

*Edit, I re-scored my speed of service, up from 2 to 3, having figured it wasn't really Nando's' (strange apostrophe use!) fault that it took so long.

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