Reading - Oracle Centre - Gerry Louis Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
3.25 / 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: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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Second Nando's of the day in Reading and it seems at any time these branches are always busy. About 15 -20 minute wait for a table, and when I got it, it was right at the back behind a column that you wouldn't know a table was there. Again there was a long queue to order food even with four tills open. Bearing in mind I had a meal only 3 hours before hand it decided to order a chicken wrap with a slice of halloumi and pineapple for the second time and peri chips which I don't ever have.

The meal came in about 20 minutes which I can only confirm by the receipt and time I took the photo of the meal. Being at the back staring at the wall you don't really see people waiting for the food so it was easy for time to pass, plus I was reading a book so lucky for them I didn't get impatient waiting.
I'm still trying to get to grips with this chicken wrap but I can only compare it to the one I was served in the Mailbox. This one could have done with some work before they served it to me as presentation wise, it was lacking. It also wasn't filled with very much chicken so I didn't really get what I paid for.. The chips were okay but they were all very small and the edge of the chip if that makes sense. I didn't get many long ones and some of them were very crispy.

The interior of the restaurant itself is actually quite amazing. Also kind of Roman when going to the loo which was my impression anyway. There are three sections, the 'first floor' like where I was on he flat level as you come in, a second level further up and maybe a third? I couldn't really see from where I sat, only caught a glimpse as I was leaving. But they did have some fancy artwork along the back wall. The Oracle Centre in itself is amazing as well as being over a river, there is something for everyone to do and plenty of other restaurants and a cinema complex, perfect for a night out. It was maybe fifteen minute walk from the station, ten minutes from the other Nando's if I had gone straight there, but I went to see the library...

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