Trowbridge - Dave McKenna Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (4 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, May 25, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
3.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Picture the scene. It's Bank Holiday Monday morning, the sun is trying desperately to creep through the clouds, your diary is as empty as Arsenal's trophy cabinet and your post-breakfast stomach is starting to get restless. What else to do but to grab the wife and child, and pop out for a cheeky lunch to cover all bases, and when trying to decide where to aim for, there is no option other than to grab the map and pop a cocktail stick (with a spice rating sticker on the top) into a local Nando's location.

That decided, we jumped in the car and motored to Trowbridge, our closest branch, seeking all things Peri-Peri.
We'd visited twice before, and were massively impressed, so we already had an idea of menu choices and expectations.

The Trowbridge restaurant is located in St Stephen's Place, a leisure park that hosts an Odeon Cinema, surrounded by several different places to get your munch on. Parking is available right outside, but if the car park is fuller than your belly is going to be, then there are a few others within a stones throw.

Upon arriving, we were greeted by a very friendly lady (didn't catch her name), who, after seating us, made a point of offering our little one the kid's menu and crayons straight away which was spot on. Even though the restaurant wasn't hugely busy, all of the staff were visibly busy themselves and appeared to be everywhere, clearing tables, serving, delivering food to hungry punters, and checking to see if everything was ok with customers meals.

I went up and placed our order, which I managed to make a complete hash of, but 'Anna' was very helpful and even sorted me out with a Nando's card, which I intend to fill to the brim...

The food took about 15-20 mins to come out, but to be fair it was such a relaxed atmosphere, we didn't realise how long and before long, the goods were with us. Jurassic Park.

I went for the usual, Butterfly Chicken (Hot), Coleslaw and Peas. The wife had the Churrasco Thigh Burger, Sweet Potato wedges and Garlic Bread. Couldn't help but grab the Extra Hot sauce from the shelf and ramp up the burn a bit more.
Everything was perfectly cooked and presented nicely, and if it wasn't for a terrible mishap where I managed to splash the Extra Hot sauce down my new crisp white t-shirt, it would have been an impeccable visit.

All of our plates were clean by the time we'd finished (I must admit I helped to polish off the remains of our daughter's food) and we left (at a slow pace) feeling very full and looking forward to our next visit.

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