Southbank - Clink Street - James RYN Review

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Number of Visits: 
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
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) )
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Already described the decor in a previous review...this branch is a bit of a Nando's legend.

As for today's visit, the staff did their job well and the guy on the till who served me was a particularly cheerful chap who attempted to guess my sauce preference. Guessing 'Hot' would normally be taken as a huge insult, but he was just so damn cheerful I can't put the staff down to a 3/5 despite a later mess up when bringing my order.

The food came in a decent amount of time considering the branch was beginning to get busy as the terror of the city-worker-lunch-hour-mob was setting in. Avoid arriving between 12.45pm and 1.45pm on any working day is a tip I cannot emphasise highly enough!

The chicken was original brought out with a quarter Extra Hot and a quarter Mango & Lime. Some very very careful and simplistic explanation eventually resulted in the sauces being mixed together as I had originally requested at the till with Mr Cheerful. Despite the mix up, the additional sauce meant the chicken was drenched, and an exceptionally tasty affair as a result. Chips and rice were great, though the portion of rice was smaller than I am used to (tip to staff: FILL the bowl of rice rather than gently covering the very bottom of it).

Overall, a great lunch and I will definitely be returning (again). It seems that this week is my lucky week with Nando's (check St Alban's review), and long may the onslaught of above average meals continue. Given that this branch is one of the very few 5/5 decoration establishments, the potentially is definitely there for The Team's first all round 5/5.

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