Stanmore - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Empty
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, September 9, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekend Dinner (Inc Friday)
Rating: 
2.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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The night before a 100km run and what better way to fuel up with a Nando's??

This trip took me to one of the newest two Nando's to open, in Stanmore... formerly a Wetherspoons! There's no sign of any pub features left though. The new Nando's font above the door and as you enter it's bright and airy. Some five or six four-seater circular tables at the front along with three large square booths against the back wall each with a large canvas painting above them. Along the back wall from here is the drinks/sauces station with the wall patterned in triangular green and white tiles. Down the middle of the restaurant are three large circular booths with larger square booths to the right and some banquette seating right at the back with five or six bright canvas paintings. The lighting is mainly spotlights and ceramic pots hanging down. Toilets at the back and were clean - a bit sparse - black and white tiles and a round yellow mirror.

I arrived here at about 5pm on Friday evening and was surprised to find the restaurant almost empty, with only two other tables in use. Staff were fine and did everything as expected although for my whole meal there were more staff than customers. The food came in just under 20 minutes. I was claiming two free quarter chickens and was happy they both came as breast pieces... Being my first Nando's for a couple of months I was really looking forward to it, but both pieces were pretty dry and chewy and actually looked a little grey under the skin... Looked like an ill chicken... The chips were a decent size portion and were hot and crispy, but the rice was also quite dry, with the chargrilled veg being juicy.

Overall it's a nicely decorated new Nando's, but the chicken on this occasion just wasn't up to scratch.

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