West Hampstead - 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, June 27, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
3.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3 (Average - just as you would expect)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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So it was the Friday before a 100km run, so what better way to prepare than the first of three Nando's? I was full of energy so it must have worked...

Anyways, I got to my hotel over by Hampstead Heath, which was nice - and had a leisurely 1.5 mile walk. I could have gotten the Overground as West Hampstead stop is about a third of a mile away. If you are on the Jubilee Line then West Hampstead stop is about half a mile walk away. West Hampstead also has a railway station which is even nearer. There's a Vue Cinema back on the Finchley Road about a mile away.

Arrived here about 4pm and it was very quiet with only a couple tables in use. There are some tables outside, which do offer a little bit of shade and privacy, but you are generally right on the high street... and it smells. Stay inside for sure. There's a raised section at the back which has a couple of skylights above it so is a bit brighter. Otherwise it's all a bit tight especially the small seating section to the right of the entrance. It's a very standard and plain looking Nando's with not much artwork on the walls.

With it being so quiet, the food came in just over five minutes and it was all fresh off the grill and out the fryer - very hot indeed. The portion size was very average as the fillet on the burger struggled to cover the ciabatta and there was sufficient sauce splashed on the fillet. The chips were very hot and crispy but very average portion size.

The staff were fine and did as expected.

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