Southwark Arches - Steven Castellino Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
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?: 

The original plan was to meet Blayne for lunch in Canary Wharf (near me) but he ended up working late into the break so I had to come up to meet him. Had the choice of either St Paul’s or Southwark and he suggested Southwark, as it’s a bigger branch and less busy. It’s also easier for me to get over, straight on the Jubilee line. The branch is just by the station and it’s one of the railway arch restaurants with lots of different seating, including circular bays to sit in. We had a table just by the drinks machine and went straight up to order.

Despite it being 1pm, there was no queue to order and I went for the usual butterfly burger with a couple of sides. We were lucky as a huge office group came in just after us. Chicken was good although they forgot to put any peri salt on my chips. It took a while to get someone’s attention but they quickly rushed over with the salt shaker when I did tell them.

There weren’t many sauces available or cutlery (I claimed the last fork) but the staff seemed to be getting lots of people in and out of the restaurant quickly – just like they do at Canary Wharf ones. Made it back to work in almost exactly an hour, which shows how good the service was in general.

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