Stoke Newington - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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I was staying in Dagenham and so decided on a 60+ minute journey to get to another average London Borough - and this time it was Stoke Newington. It's only a half mile walk from the train station, so is easily accessed. I did walk past Wilmer Place car park on the way, which is just a few minutes walk from Nando's, but the car park is small and priced at £1.20/hr up to 4 hours, then £7.20/day, Mon-Sat 7am-7pm and free outside these times.

I got here at about 9pm and there were just a few tables in use and seemed to be winding down for the night, so needless to say there was no wait at all and the food came in less than five minutes. As this was my very first food of the day, I went for the lunchtime option and had a fillet burger and chips. What I received was a very generous portion of chips but the chicken burger fillet was very small and a little dry, but piping hot. Chips were hot and crispy too, but that burger portion was so small it all averages out... to being average!

This Nando's is quite small... but there is good use of the space. There are three very large red lanterns with led lights running sound the inside of them in the front of the restaurant where there is also a completely wooden clad ceiling in a big wave/curve. There are multiple large circular and strip tables for six people under these lanterns. There are then some interesting box light cubes on the right wall by the entrance. Both the left and right walls don't have any artwork but instead have a star pattern etched out of the plaster on them. In the back half of this relatively small Nando's, are a few booths taking it up to around 20 tables in total. Lighting is mainly clear light bulbs with the filaments showing in the back.

There's a big wooden lattice of twigs on the stairwell up to the toilets. The toilets are fairly dark as the walls are clad in wood painted black. There's also two circular sinks although it'd be difficult for two people to use them at the same time because of the space - and then there's a big wooden/brass mirror too.

Staff did everything as expected.

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