Woking - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Empty
Date of Last Visit: 
Friday, January 25, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
4.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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This Nando's is right in the town centre of Woking and only a few hundred yards from Woking traing station. There's also an Ambassador Cinema just a 1/4 walk away. I parked at the Victoria Way multi-storey and it's well sign-posted and reasonably priced being £1.10 per hour between 6am and 7pm (£8 for the full 13 hours) and then a flat rate of £1.10 between 7pm and 6am. This is then just a 5 minute walk to Nando's and the rest of the town centre.

I arrived here at about 2:45pm and, other than one other bloke who was just leaving... I was the only person in the restaurant. Three sets of people came in a few minutes after, but it was otherwise very quiet! This did mean that there was no wait to queue and the food came in under 5 minutes. The staff were also quite chatty and I think happy just to have a customer!

Being a lateish lunch, I had just a quarter of a chicken. I asked for a breast (and got it) and it was delicious. It was enormous too - it was so big, at first glance I thought I may have even gotten a half by mistake, but that was just me feeling lucky :-) It was cooked to perfection though: hot, moist white meat and caked in sauce. The rice and chips sides were also cooked to perfection. It was truly delicious!

The branch was also very striking. The main/largest wall is covered in small square canvas paintings and there's easily over 300 on it. I think it may have been refurbished recently as a number of the staff were right up close at one point, trying to see if there were any duplicates and also straightening some of the paintings up. The lighting was also very bright and very clean. The ceiling was grey, black and white rectangular tiles and every so often one the tiles became a lowered metal coloured case. It was certainly the first time I've seen this style in a Nando's! The seating was also varied - tables/chairs in the two rown nearest the full length windows looking onto the high street and then booths nearer towards the left side of the branch. There was also plenty of red/black plastic wall coverings and a big Nando's cockerel over to the left side. The toilets were also very fresh, modern and clean. With it being a small branch too (only 25 tables or so), it was very well decorated for a small space. There is also some outside seating under a couple of very large parasols and lamp heaters - room for about 10 tables. Not sure how nice it is to sit outside, but could be quite nice!

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