Long Street - Upper - James Colom Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Rating: 
2.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
2 (Quite disappointing - seems rushed, may have some parts burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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After 12 hours on a plane, there is only one thing a true chicken fan needs: Nando's. My lust for chicken was compounded by a less than desirable hour long queue at immigration, followed by getting drenched in an unseasonal Cape Town thunderstorm. You can imagine the mood; tired, wet, hungry, desperately craving a peri-fix.

Luckily, my hostel is close to several unvisited branches, and I ended up at this branch after driving around for about 15 minutes. When I got in it seemed very busy, though I soon found out this was mainly to do with people waiting for takeaway orders. Skipping past these peri-adventurers, I soon made it to the till and ordered my food. I was feeling indulgent so I went for a wrap over a burger. This turned out to be a top decision, since the wraps in South Africa provide more meat than their burgerous (you heard that word here first) counterparts.

The food arrived within 10 minutes, and during that time I took in the restaurants decoration. It was decidedly Nando's average, and seemed quite out of date. That's not to say it wasn't clean or pleasant, it just looked like nothing had been done decoration-wise for quite some time.

The food itself was slightly disappointing compared to what I have become accustomed to on this side of the equator. The chips weren't like other South African branches, being chunky, rather than the slightly thinner variety I had on my previous trip. In addition, the wrap was questionnably composed, with one end being full of (undeniably tasty) spicy mayonaise, while the other end was spilling over with chicken and Extra Hot sauce. Oh well! It all went regardless, and you, me, and the chickens know I'll be back at Nando's by tomorrow.

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