Shepherds Bush - Marc Joss Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
3.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
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: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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Shepherd's Bush Nando's is ideally located for QPR supporters as well as fans of other teams who happen to put themselves through the suffering of seeing their team lose at Loftus Road. Surprisingly enough, that's what happened to me when Arsenal took to the field but at least there was no feeling of defeat associated with my Nando's meal.

As it was a matchday, we arrived relatively early in an effort to avoid the crowd (12.45 when kick off was at 3) and it proved to be a great decision as the branch was not even half full on entry and we were offered a choice of table. As our party grew from 2 gooners to 4, we moved table and swiftly ordered our food with minimal queue time.

We treated ourselves to starters and initially thought the houmous-pitta ratio was too heavily houmous dominated but we later discovered it was just perfect as we finished off what I consider to be the best starter at Nando's.

The whole chicken with 2 large portions of peri chips arrived soon after and even though this is a Halal branch (which tends to mean smaller chickens), I must say it was one of the biggest half chicken portions I've seen and the challenge of finishing it was one I was unable to complete!

My main criticism of this branch is the decor. I know from others that takeaways are incredibly popular at this branch and it is common for a big group of people to congregate by the entrance which doesn't help Nandocas who end up confused as to who is waiting for a table, takeaway or to be seated. The décor itself is in need of a facelift in my opinion. The art on the walls was far from provocative or impressive and there are numerous tables crammed together which I can imagine is chaotic and problematic during peak times. With some improved artwork and a rethink of the table layout, this branch could be outstanding but as it is, I can only envisage a return visit if another trip to Loftus Road is on the cards!

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