Reading - Friar Street - Gerry Louis Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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It doesn't look as if anyone cooks in Reading in a Sunday, he restaurant was heaving and he queue in front of me was terrible. This branch is really small so people waiting for takeaway, those waiting for a table and those wanting to come in are all squished up right in e doorway, also making it difficult for people to exit. I did keep myself busy colouring in the children's menu and doing the puzzles. There was even a dot to dot Barci which I also coloured in. Great to see I can still colour within the lines, haha.
Not much to write about this branch as I was only there last month. Finally got a table 25 minutes later by the window surrounded by 5 couples, must've been date night. Ordering was long as again there was a queue. Used a free quarter chicken and ordered another with sweet mash to get a half mango and lime chicken. Spent only £7.20 this time to cover all that I ate yesterday in great Portland street. I was still full up this morning so this was the first proper meal I had today. One lady filling up tubs blocked the tissue, cutlery and sauce bottles to which there were no lemon and herb ones. I had to ask a Nandoca for one, to which he came back with two filled plastic cup things. Ok then.
Food arrived twenty mins later and was great but they had a quarter chicken on one plate, and another with the other quarter and mash which was pointless. The mash was great apart from a black, hard bit right at the top which I scooped out, but it tasted great. The chicken was absolutely amazing, juicy, tender, moist, succulent, smothered in sauce, all those tantalising words. I enjoyed eating all of it. You can't blame the branch for being busy cos if they weren't then you'd have to wonder where they were going wrong. If anything this branch needs an expansion. Can't imagine what the Oracle might have been like at the same time...

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