St Helens - Marc Joss Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, April 4, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
4.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
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?: 

Having spent the night working as a football interpreter in Liverpool, I fancied a lunch trip to a Nando's which I had never previously visited and given the train takes only 20 minutes from Liverpool Lime Street to St Helens Centre, it was an easy decision to make. The restaurant is around a 10-minute walk from the station and immediately catches the eye as it stands alone on a roundabout with particularly eye-catching décor.

This was my 132nd different Nando's and the décor may just be the best I've seen yet. There is a huge range of comfortable, funky seating including booths and a table with a socket (useful for Blackberry users!). There is a large central table which probably seats 8 and on top of which is a stunning structure (see photos) that comes down from the second floor. There were other notable pieces such as "Colin" (manager Tom informed me of its name) who sits just by the doors to go up to the toilets and fabulous sculptures both at the bottom and top of the stairs. It is a really colourful restaurant with lots of natural light, always a plus. There are also some creative bottle displays behind the till, check it out!

The staff were fantastic. Tom remembered me from a visit to Manchester Fort three years ago and we had a lovely natter about the Nando's phenomenon.

Food arrived swiftly and it was one of the best chicken portions I've had in a while. My breast was dripping in sauce, perfectly cooked and spicy! Perfect amount of peri salt on the chips and they brought some mayonnaise over in a large ceramic pot, perfect!

This was a truly fantastic visit and I look forward to Nando's 133.

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