Bethnal Green - James Colom Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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This Nando's isn't in the nicest of areas, and it's hard to see what it would be conveniently placed for other than if you live in the area. It is however a short (5 minute) walk from the tube station, and just across the road from a bus stop which has buses from The City every few minutes. I hopped on a number 8 from Bank and was in the Nando's within 15 minutes. The people I was with were heading to a comedy club in Shoreditch after, which is apparently only a 20 minute walk away.

As for the decoration, this was a very average Nando's affair. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, since the restaurant was clean and well kept, but it would probably be quite high up the list for modernisation (I believe this is actually one of the oldest Nando's in London, and the UK).

There was no queue and the restaurant overall wasn't particularly busy, though it was only a weeknight after work. My food came in an average time, but my friend's came within 5 minutes, which was impressive, but led to him having to wait for us all - we definitely ordered barely within 1 minute of each other so synchronising orders better might be something to look into. The food itself was great. My burger was an average size, but doused in extra hot sauce which left me with quite a burn in my mouth (something that can be all too rare in some of the lazier branches such as Edgware recently). Chips were covered impressively with peri-spice and my quarter chicken breast was large and covered in sauce. Rice was cooked just right and not stuck together at all. Overall, potentially enough reason to return to this branch. I was left wanting more despite this being my second Nando's in as many days.

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