Watford - Met Quarter - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, January 24, 2014
Time of Day: 
Mid-afternoon or late evening
Rating: 
3.63 / 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: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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This Nando's is located on the High Street just a couple minutes walk from the other Nando's. It means it's just a few minutes walk from Watford High Street tube stop and railway station. There is ample parking around Watford as well, all well signposted - just head for the Kings, Queens, Palace or Church car parks and you'll be no more than a five minute walk from either Nando's. The prices are generally the same too - £1/1hr, £2/2hrs, £2.50/3hrs, £3/4hrs and upwards from there. Opening Times vary between each car park so check when you enter.

This Nando's is quite small and excluding the outside seating, there are maybe only 25 tables or so inside. Six of these are reasonably sized booths though, so larger parties can be accommodated. The rest of the seating is a little cramped though and bench/tables/chairs makes up all of it. As you enter, there are some colourful zig-zag walls to you right and left each with some brightly coloured Chinese style wicker lanterns. In the rest of the restaurant the lighting is all empty green glass bottles with bulbs inside - all suspended from a a big wavy ceiling with v-shape grroves. On the right hand side wall as well are multiple large canvas paintings. Overall, even though it is quite small, it would probably just touch on scoring a 4 for decor - but unfortunately the toilets were a mess. The two urinals both had buckets under them, which clearly had not been emptied for quite some time as they were both overflowing making an even bigger puddle on the floor which you could not avoid at all. I actually watched the toilets self-flush and very few drops came out the bottom - showing these had been sat there for a long time... which did mean it smelled a bit in there. To make it worse, clearly most people were using the one cubicle instead and this was also blocked with toilet paper... It wasn't pleasant.

All that said, the wait for the food was almost non-existant, as it arrived in only three minutes and was superb. Being a late lunch I had the fillet burger and chips. The chicken fillet completely filled the cibatta and was piping hot and well sauced-up. A thick slice of tomato and a huge leaf of lettuce too. Also, the portion of chips was ample in size and nice and hot and crispy.

Staff were pleasant enough but did as expected.

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