Ealing - Common - Marc Joss Review
This turned out to be an interesting visit due to the outrageous scenes of violence in London which have affected huge areas of the capital (and the rest of the country).
As for location, the first Nando's in the UK is located next to Ealing Common tube and free parking was easy enough to find on a weekday evening just outside.
The staff were very friendly and accommodating. On entering the branch I was struck by the curly writing above the grill (see Photo Gallery below) which explained that I was in the first Nando's in the UK. It is surprising that it has taken me this long to visit some a historic branch especially considering I live in London but now it is done!
A logistical point to consider when meeting someone for Nando's in Ealing is that there is (at least there was, not sure how bad the damage to Bond Street is) another branch on Ealing Broadway and this one is officially in Ealing Common. Luckily the confusion created on this visit was quickly rectified as I ordered for my friend who arrived just in time for her chicken pitta to be placed on the table. I used a free quarter chicken and obviously ordered another quarter with 2 peri chips, I wasn't massively satisfied with the portion sizes and was far from full on completion. This was twice in 2 days as the same thing had happened at Edgware the day before. This time, I was about to order dessert (chocolate cheesecake obviously) when Assistant Manager Monica asked us to leave as soon as possible as the rioters were on their way and she had been told to close the restaurant as soon as possible. Obviously this was in the interest of everyone's safety and so we quickly left the area and fled for our homes! Let's hope these rioters get taught a lesson and stop causing completely unjustified civil unrest. I do not take kindly to being denied dessert because some clowns want to loot a shop!
One quick word on decor: this Nando's is rather quaint and the atmosphere is unique. I really had the feeling that everyone there was proud to be in the UK's first Nando's. There are 2 or 3 booths and all other seating is standard and on one floor. Some colourful artwork lights up this branch too.