Stirling - 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: 
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
Rating: 
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
1 (>25 mins - Asked repeatedly. I need my Nando's)
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?: 

*The best Nando's food I have ever tasted*

The tale of this meal has become almost as extravagant as the quality of the chicken on that much fabled 2010 summer's night. Four men, 1500 miles in three days,two night camping, no shower, no good meals. Stirling was only chosen as a resting place for the night BECAUSE its Nando's hadn't been visited. Fate? Perhaps, though who really knows how the peri-peri gods work.

Firstly, this Nando's is not at all easy to locate, though that could easily be blamed on some out-of-date TomTom maps. When we eventually worked out that the restaurant wasn't situated in the centre of a nearby industrial estate, we enjoyed the convenient free parking outside, and were soon seated by the very friendly staff. Upon going up to order we were told that there currently was a batch of chicken cooking, and we could expect to wait for at least 25 minutes for our food. Obviously there was no question over whether we would wait, and mouths watering, we sat down to discuss our adventures from the past few days (Lands End to John O' Groats in 21 hours, camping on a haunted beach, 5 miles hikes, and the most beautiful sunset we had ever encountered).

When the food finally arrived the assault on the senses was almost overwhelming. Should I start with the perfectly fried chips? Or the non-clumped steamy rice? Or the huge burger with Extra Hot sauce dripping out of it from all sides? If memory serves me correctly it was the chips which were attacked first, and each one seemed more delicious than the last. Next, the tender chicken burger numbed my taste buds, and quickly quashed any emotional pain I was still experiencing from having survived off sub-par camping food.

With meals consumed and satisfaction at an all time high, we departed and were never to be seen again (at this Nando's anyway). I blame it on the 400+ miles it takes to get from London to Stirling, though I still dream that one day I will return.

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