Gloucester Road - Christopher Poole Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
3.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
2 (Quite rude, ignored me as they walked past)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of peri-spice)
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?: 

Chicken Pitta extra hot
Cheese
Pineapple
3 Wings hot
Soft drink
£12.70

IMPORTANT NOTE: FROM THIS REVIEW I WILL BE RATING MY DINING COMPANIONS

PLACE: Table 12. Well it seems West London gets favoured treatment when it comes to Nando's interior design, it couldn't feel further away from the depressing Bethnal Green canteen. Interesting lighting sculpture that spans the 'straunt and a great big porcelain sink. Lovely big windows which gave the whole place a bright and airy feel and allow you to observe yuppies without them observing you. This place could almost pass for an independent, upmarket deli restaurant if it wasn't for the prominent retro coke fountain - 8/10

HOST: Alessia (although it said Augstina on her name badge so mark down for improper till use). Absolutely rude. I've heard things on Google+ about this Nando's only being rated 15/25 (the lowest I've seen) and that the staff are rude. Yes it is true, she was totally devoid of the traditional Nando peri-sparkle. When she came to our table she held a plate up and said "is this anyones?" we couldn't see what was on the plate so hesitated then she said "well can't you just take it?" 2/10

FOOD: CHEESE ON UNGRILLED PINEAPPLE?! Why would you do that? The poor slice would never get a chance to melt into the chicken. After some internal pitta reconfiguration, I really got to taste the meal how it was intended. I think this griller fancies himself as a bit of a chef because he grilled the actual bread giving it his own distinct, crunchy texture and his [probably] trademark black lines across it- 7/10

DINING COMPANIONS: It's a shame to start this new section with this particular visit as one of my companions was an anonymous band. Before we stepped into Nando's, they made me sign an NDA which prevents me from disussing any conversations and I'm still yet to see what they actually look like below the masks. As for Jen, she's a great supporter of mine and regularly comes to Nando's even though it gives her tummy ache. All 4 donated loyalty stamps to me- 8/10

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