Dorchester - James Colom Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
4.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
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)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

The third and last Nando's of my weekend tour of the South coast (Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester), and arguably the best. Parking was nice and easy in the bay's opposite, for the ludicrously cheap price of 20p for 2 hours (50p for the whole day if you are interested).

The main thing to comment on was the food - my first 5/5 in quite some time. My order was simple, but each item was perfectly executed. Firstly the quarter chicken breast, which despite not being the largest specimen I have ever seen, was impeccably cooked, with a rare abundance of sauce. The rice had no dry lumps or sticky bits, and the garlic bread was well toasted, warm, and covered evenly in garlic butter. The whole lot went, and was delicious!

Staff were also very friendly, and did a good job of making us feel welcome. Decoration is pleasant, and what I would expect of a small-town Nando's built in the last couple of years. I suppose the only slight let down was the average speed of service, which was surprising given the restaurant was less than half full - nothing to put me off returning though.

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