Worcester - Ryan Review
I took a friend to his first ever Nando's last night (yes there are still some virgins out there!) - and I think he is now a convert for life... even though I wasn't overly impressed with it...
The Nando's in Worcester is located next due to a Vue cinema and seems to be the choice of movie goers before and after their films - so always expect it to be busy, as it certainly was last night!
I think movie goers get parking validated (or at least provided a discount) at one of the local car parks, but either way there are a few car parks within a few minutes walk and are reasonably priced. Luckily my friend lives less than a 10 minute walk away - so I'm sure he'll be propping up a Nando's table from now on!
We arrived at about 8pm and every table in the place was taken so it me chance to explain the wonder of Nando's to him. After 10 minutes we were seated as were another couple who had been waiting five minutes or so - but, there were two groups of six who had been waiting for 10 minutes each and they didn't get seated until 15 minutes after us, so just before if you go in a larger group. There was also no queue at the till.
As I said before, it was very busy, so I was expecting a delay, but sadly the food took 35+ minutes to come and we could see it was sitting under the heatlamps for quite a few minutes so it was a little dry. It was soaked in marinade though, so we both had our peri-peri fix! It's a good job it was drenched in sauce too as there was only one table sauce bottle available - Wild Herb! No thanks! I asked a member of staff if she could mooch for Extra Extra Hot and luckily, just as I got onto my second quarter of chicken, the sauce arrived! There was also a wait for knives, forks and napkins so the rice had gotten cold by the time a fork became available.
The decor was okay. I'm not sure if it is a listed building or anything, but there nice wooden beams across the ceiling that look genuine enough! There were some very funky shades on the lighting too - a sort of wavy mesh, but that was about it. There were standard paintings on the wall but they just weren't bright enough. The toilets were nice too, but the hand-dryer was very slow. You also couldn't hear the music in the restaurant and only in the toilets - but that was fine as you just got the general bustle of a busy crowd.
Overall I was a little disappointed, but at least a new Nandoer has been created!