Old Street

Average Rating: 
4.31 / 5

Staff: 
Average: 5 (3 votes)
Speed: 
Average: 4.7 (3 votes)
Decoration: 
Average: 5 (3 votes)
Food: 
Average: 4.3 (3 votes)
197 City Road
London
EC1V 1JN
020 7490 8789
Halal: 
No
Nearby: 
Less than a five minute walk from Old Street rail station and less than ten minutes walk from Angel underground station.
Parking: 
Just outside of the Congestion charging zone and parking during the day is very limited. After 6pm then there are no restrictions on many of the side streets, so free parking.
Photos submitted by: Pompey Ranger
Photos submitted by: Ryan
Photos submitted by: Ryan
Photos submitted by: Blaynos
Full Reviews:
Anonymous's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, April 18, 2016
Rating: 
4.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
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?: 

Amazing food, friendly staff, nice place. Definitely will come back!

Pompey Ranger's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 1.5 (2 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Time of Day: 
Mid-afternoon or late evening
Rating: 
2.38 / 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: 
1.5 (Very disappointing - cold, flavourless, burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

This store is a short 8 minute walk up from Old Street station amongst other eateries and opposite a Bavarian beer keller which looked very tempting. The store was quite empty when I arrived and there is a large hole at the front which allows natural light to drop down to the basement below. The seating looked smart and it was quite a spacious store with bright colours.

Anonymous's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 3 (2 votes)
Author: 
Anonymous (not verified)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
Rating: 
4.5 / 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: 
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?: 

Friendly staff, great food! Defiantly will be back!

Damien's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (3 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, January 25, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.38 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
3.5 (Average but with lots of 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?: 

The 28th RYN reviewer event at the new Old Street branch was my first Nando’s 2016. Back in the day, I used to work in this area. Seems that since I last passed through the place, it’s been bulldozed and rebuilt beyond recognition (at least on the Nando’s side of the road). The restaurant itself is striking from outside, with fancy light fittings and swanky architecture visible from the window, facing on to the stairs and down to the basement area, where we were seated.

Blaynos's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (3 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
2-5
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, January 25, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.38 / 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: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
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?: 

RYN28 at the recently opened Old Street branch; already my second visit to the restaurant having been on its opening day. Still a 5/5 for décor for all the reasons described in my first review and the rest of the evening was good too.

Marc Joss's picture
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: 
Monday, January 25, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
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?: 

RYN28BringAMate was a very enjoyable evening that saw 17 members of the RYN community check out the very impressive Old Street Nando's that opened in December. This is a funky Nando's with lots of different colours and styles spread throughout the restaurant which has a fairly large downstairs area with lots of comfortable sofa seating and an amazing Barcelo design on the wall.

SVC's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, January 25, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
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: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
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?: 

What a lovely evening was had for all at Old Street Nando's. It was a rare and unprecedented pleasure to eat at the UK'S top rated Nando's. After tasting their lovely food and meeting their lovely staff, the Nando's quiz followed. A great evening was had by all. Thank you, James and Marc.

James RYN's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, January 25, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
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?: 

A new Nando's in London is always an exciting event, and this was no exception. Of course, the decoration was pristine, and there were some intriguing artistic details, the highlight being a giant Nando's cock made of balls of wood. We were sat downstairs, though there is an atrium-style opening which makes it feel less enclosed.

Elliott's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, January 25, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
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?: 

Old Street Nando's is brand new, and was the location of the reviewer dinner.

After the usual fanfare of the raffle, we headed to order. An okay process. Sadly there were a couple of glitches whilst ordering, but otherwise all good.

Steven Castellino's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, January 25, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.25 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4 (Above average - noticeably tastier than normal)
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?: 

My first RYN dinner for a good few months was a rather pleasant one...

Easy to get to if you're coming from Old Street station (national rail or nothern line) just a 3minute walk. You can also walk from Shoreditch High Street (London Overground).

Gerry Louis's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, January 25, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
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?: 

They really went all out with us for Ryn28... The staff were hot and on point.

I had a free meal, half chicken mango and lime with peri chips and garlic bread and I do not remember how long it took to come out but I remember the staff were great, friendly, attentive the branch was really clean, with everything new it had to be.

jackie molyneux's picture
How Helpful?: 
No votes yet
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Monday, January 25, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.5 / 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: 
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?: 

We visited the very recently opened branch of Nando, in Old Street, for the RYN reviewer dinner.
Our allotted space was in the basement section of the branch, with two tills situated at the back.
After our raffle, and free starters of wing roulette and hummus, we headed off to order. This caused a slight queue at the tills, for obvious reasons. One of the very enthusiastic and helpful staff suggested we head upstairs to place our orders, as it was quieter up there.

Ryan's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 4.3 (4 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
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?: 

In Maidstone for the evening, so why not have an impromptu visit to Old Street for a new Nando's?

Being on City Road, it's just outside of the Congestion charging zone and parking during the day is very limited. After 6pm then there are no restrictions on many of the side streets, so free parking. Otherwise, it's less than a five minute walk from Old Street rail station and less than ten minutes walk from Angel underground.

Blaynos's picture
How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (4 votes)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
4.5 / 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: 
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’d spotted this branch a month or two ago while it was being built walking along City Road and had kept half an eye on it on both the Nando’s website and RYN, and was expecting it to open in the new year. I was then pretty surprised to see on Twitter that the branch had hatched and – as with St Christopher’s Place – I was able to head over for a late dinner after after-work drinks to christen the new restaurant.