Southbank - Clink Street - Christopher Poole Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
4.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
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?: 

Whole Chicken extra hot FREE
Toasted Pitta
Soft drink

PLACE: Table 42. This Nando's is an absolute chicken cathedral. The interior volume can only be described as vast, with floating mezzanines, chandeliers and partitioned rooms all in the same space. Our table was up on a high balcony and we had a great view of a 26 person supper on the level below. The group was a gospel choir who wearing shirts saying "GOD IS LOVE". Being so high up, I felt like I was on an altar and found myself inspired to do a speech- "People, look around you, open your mind and see that there are experiences far more beautiful than church. Look at this magnificent place that we find ourselves in- the towering windows, the soaring ceilings, the majestic stonework. It is a place where people from all walks of life come together and declare their passion for spicy animals. A unifying movement that is so relevant in modern society that we even have Instagram users who document their every visit. And Easter, think about the inspiration for chocolate eggs. Without hens, we can't even be sure if Easter would have gone ahead this year. Don't you think this is more worthy of your devotion? Rather than worshipping a fictional character, it is Barcelos, son of Nando that you should look to because this, right here, this is REAL." But my food arrived before I got the chance to say it. In terms of the 'straunt, one of the best Nando's let down only by its unflattering lighting- 9/10

HOST: Father Saras was my host for the evening and I had a confession- I LOVE CHICKEN. He was a master in the art of tilling and grilling and he offered to insert the grilled pineapple and cheese into the toasted pitta and grill it all together to melt the cheese. He even requested that the chef add a touch of mayo and put a cocktail stick in, which has led me to believe that I have now discovered the holy grail of chicken holders- 8/10

FOOD: If the pitta was the holy grail, the actual chicken was a baptism of fire. Holy mother of God it was a scorcher delivered straight from the gates of hell- 9/10

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