Woolwich - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.13 / 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: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
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So onto the second Nando's of the evening and this took me on the short drive from Lewisham over to Woolwich! This time I parked at Calderwood Street multi-storey, which is above a Sainsbury's and just a few minutes walk from Nando's. It's 80p/hr and charges from 8am-6:30pm Mon-Sat, so is free outside these times. Beware the car park has opening times of 7:30am-10pm Mon-Fri, 7:30am-8pm Sat and 7:30am-5pm Sun. You are also just a five minute walk from Woolwich Arsenal train and DLR station.

It was about 9pm when I arrived here so it was very quiet with just a few tables in use, and the staff seemed to like this as they were very charming and happy to chat with the few tables in there.

This is split over two floors and all the seating downstairs is in the front section of the restaurant. As you enter there is a banquette running along the left and right hand walls, with about six tables on each and then in the middle of these (so immediately infront of you as you enter) are four square booths and one larger circular booth on the end of these. There is also a larger round table either side of the entrance in the front windows.

Towards the back by the till and drinks/sauce station is a big empty space, so plenty of room for both floors to queue here. Above the square booths are three sets of colourful clusters of bulbs - one set orange one red and white and the other red. A very large beige lampshade is above each round table in the front windows.

On the right wall (still downstairs) are a set of five carvings and on the left wall a large orange painting and a further set of 12 small canvas paintings further down the left hand wall by the till.

Upstairs the seating layout is similar with round tables replacing the booths in the middle and a few more two-seater tables in the windows looking out onto the high street. Another 12 small canvas paintings or so are on the right wall with the same orange images on the left.

The food came in only four minutes - and this time it was a half chicken, chips and ratatouille - and some olives for starter. I say some, as this was no way a portion as it was a very measly sized bowlful... The chicken was very saucy on the outside though, if not a little bit cold on the inside and an average size. It was definitely cooked as it was all white meat - so clearly been cooked for a little while - but tasty. The chips portion was a good size and they were hot and crispy and the ratatouille was also a very generous size and hot. 3.5 overall I think.

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