Southend - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
4.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! A baking hot Thursday, so what better way to cool down then get some extra hot peri-peri?

This Nando's is found in Southend town centre, just down the street from the Victoria Shopping Centre. As I was driving I followed the signs that said "Public Parking" and it took me to the car park joined onto South Essex College. Only 90p for the first hour and £1.70 for two hours, with a few minutes walk from here. There are other cheaper car parks too - including Sainsbury's or just get on a back road for free.

Arrived at about 1pm and the branch was half full, so no wait to order and the food came within five minutes! I was greeted straight away and I also witnessed the staff chatting and having some banter with other tables, so very friendly.

The branch was well laid out. A good mixture of normal tables/chairs, benches, reclined chairs and high stools to the left and right of the entrance. On the raised section to the back-left were further tables/chairs but then 4 or 5 larger booths, so plenty of space and seating to accommodate all party sizes.

The decor was also nice. It helped that it was sunny, but it was very bright inside. There were chandelier style lighting, with plenty of canvas paintings, carvings and other sculptures dotted around the place.

I had a chicken fillet burger and chips - and it was delicious. A huge piece of chicken on it, smothered in mariande - on a crispy cibatta. The chips were hot and crispy too. Delicious!

The toilets also had stained yellow windows, so with the sun beating through them, they were lit up all funky! Good stuff!

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