Southampton - James Colom Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Author: 
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
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: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
Comments - Stand out in our weekly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

This Nando's is situated in the food court of Southampton's main shopping centre (I forget the name), and is actually rather small considering the people traffic I have no doubt can occur on a weekend. This visit was on a weeknight just before closing, so it wasn't very busy and we were seated straight away and had our orders taken quickly.

The manager was a friendly chap and offered us both 20% student discounts, despite the fact only my friend had a student card - a welcome bonus. The food didn't take long to arrive and was of a very high standard; definitely the highlight of this visit.

While eating I took the chance to take in the decor, and have to say there was nothing particularly thrilling about the restaurant. It was clean and everything, but no decoration of note. This wasn't helped by one side of the branch being set directly on to the shopping mall, erasing the possibility of decoration on one whole side of the restaurant.

Overall, I would definitely return here, but would caution over thinking it would be a quick in-and-out during busy shopping periods.

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