Stratford - Westfield - Blaynos Review
It's been a while since I've been to a new branch, hence the lack of reviews, and this visit to Westfield was no exception. However, I figured it's worth reviewing this visit because it came on an event day at the Olympic Park (Diamond League athletics in the Stadium), so may be of use to anyone attending stuff there in the future.
The athletics finished at about 10ish and we walked back to Westfield/Stratford en masse along with 40,000 people or so. We were pretty peckish and figured it'd be either Tortilla or Nando's for dinner - and we picked the latter thanks to the surprisingly short queue. Staff were, quite frankly, absolutely extraordinary. Incredible demands were put on this branch but they coped brilliantly. We were given a table by the window that looks over the centre of Westfield shopping centre but immediately went up to order. Luckily the queue was pretty short when we joined it but, within a couple of minutes, it massively swelled and the number of Nandocas serving went from 1/2 up to about 6 or 7!
Red reward meant the meal was free, picking up a wrap (only ever worth it on a reward!) with peri chips and garlic bread (forgot to get halloumi in the mix of business and the free meal!). Incredibly, our meal came within minutes; I was genuinely stunned at how fast the service was! The wrap and chips were perfect but the garlic bread could've been a bit better. I usually find it hit and miss at Nando's but lately the trend has been a rather disappointing one, and with the possible exception of getting them on rewards, I tend to avoid garlic bread altogether nowadays.
An abundance of sauces were available and there were at least two big drinks/sauce/service stations, all well stocked. It's a great branch aesthetically in the typical post-modern kinda Nando's vibe, high ceiling, varied lighting etc. Granted, tables were perhaps a tad close to each other but that was probably due to a few extra tables being squeezed in (or pulled apart). And it's probably a sight that will become commonplace every other Saturday once the Hammers move into the stadium in 2016 (and, judging by this visit, staff are well equipped to handle the hordes). However, one curious thing to note is to double check your table number. While everything went swimmingly for us, the couple next to us had to wait an eternity for their food, and even asked, because their table number was notably out of order (most of them were in the 50s if I recall correctly, but theirs was randomly 100-odd, if that makes sense!)
For those who haven't been, the branch is pretty much dead centre of the Westfield complex on the top, mezzanine, level; which looks down on the centre, which is linked to Stratford station (Jubilee, Central, DLR, Overground, TFL Rail (or Crossrail from 2018ish)), and has an insane amount of paid parking as well.