Walton On Thames - James Colom Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Half Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
Rating: 
4 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
4 (Good stuff. Very polite)
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: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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Heading down to Guildford on a Saturday morning, and since I've already been to the Nando's there, I had to find one on the way. While not quite on the M25, this branch was conveniently located in the suburbs, and parking was nice and easy in the shopping centre car park. Only 80p for an hour which was the cheapest town centre parking I've seen in a long time!

First, decoration. While the interior seemed quite new, and everything was acceptably clean, this was certainly nothing above 'average', and I couldn't see any artwork of note. The whole restaurant itself was actually rather small, and it was nice to be in one of the booths at the back, since it looked like the tables for two would have someone brushing past you the whole time.

Ordering was reasonably quick, with staff members noticing the queue building up, and getting to the tills asap to make up for it. In fact the whole branch seemed to be well managed, with the manager himself getting involved in taking orders and handing out food. My order was taken by a trainee, who may have been the best trainee I have ever experienced. The order was taken quickly and with no problems at all.

Food arrived in just under 10 minutes, and was steaming hot. Usually I would be proclaiming this was the best Nando's I have had in a long time, but a solid 5/5 food effort from Borehamwood branch earlier this week unfortunately steals that honour. It was however delicious, and my wrap was stuffed to the brim with chicken, and so spicy I had to stop and take a break at one stage. Rice was moist and not clumpy, while the garlic bread was well toasted and had garlic spread evenly all over it. Great stuff!

Overall, the food was the highlight of this branch, though everything else added up nicely to create an experience I would definitely return for if I was in the area.

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