Reading - Friar Street - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Up to 10 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, March 21, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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This Nando's is located in Reading town centre, just a few minutes walk away from the other Nando's in the Oracle Centre. This means it's well located for the train (just a few minutes walk from Reading train station) and a variety of car parks available. I parked at Chatham Place which was priced at £1.40/hr up to five hours (I.e. £7/5hrs) and then upwards from there. A Vue cinema is in the Oracle Centre and The Museum of Reading is just a minute walk away too!

Arrived here at about 6pm on a Friday for a late lunch, and it was full, so had a five minute wait for a table. The branch is long and thin, with a few booths towards the back which offer some space, but then mostly 2-seater tables quite tight against one another, especially at the front of the store. There are a few tables outside too separated from the passing crowd by planters.

There's not much to note in this one. The lighting is mainly copper domes set within the wood-corrugated ceiling - although a lot of the light bulbs were out. There is some artwork on the walls but not much. The large window on the side of the restaurant at the front is stained glass in a nice pattern.

The food came in just under 10 minutes and was delicious. The portion size was about average for the rice, chicken and chips - but they were all cooked superbly. The rice and chips were piping hot and the chicken was nicely caked in sauce and piping hot and very moist. Tasty.

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