Manchester - Trafford Retail - James Colom Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

I had the choice of this Nando's, Chill Factor and Trafford Centre, but thought this might be safest to avoid the Christmas shoppers! It was still pretty busy for 8.30pm on a weeknight, though I was seated straight away. I took some time to take in the decoration, which is fantastic, and well worthy of a 5/5. The ceiling is a real highlight, and some interesting artwork high up around the edge. Outside there is a giant Nando's Cock on a pole which made me chuckle!

Staff were friendly and made me feel welcome, especially the Manager Ana, who explained how she thinks of the restaurant to be like a family. However, no one checked on me during the meal to take my cock, so a point deducted for that! As for the rest of the visit, I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed. The food took almost exactly 25 minutes to arrive; narrowly avoiding a 1/5, and the food left something to be desired. I ordered a double wrap as I was feeling peckish, and there simply wasn't much sauce in it, while the pineapple was in two large chunks rather than cut up and evenly distributed. The chips were hot, though a small portion, and severely lacking in peri-spice.

Overall I would recommend this restaurant mainly for the decoration, and to avoid the mass of shoppers at other local restaurants during peak times. Got quite a few more to visit locally before I will be returning though!

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