Whiteley - Ryan Review
This Nando's is found on the newly opened Whiteley Shopping Centre next to the Cineworld cinema and offers free parking for up to four hours between 7am and 6pm - and there are then no restrictions up until midnight when the car parks close. It's easily found of J9 of the M27... but be prepared for a big traffic queue coming off the motorway! It's also about 1.5 mile walk away from Swanick train station.
Arrived here at about 7:30pm and was seated straight away, with the restaurant being two-thirds full. Despite this... the food took 32 minutes to come. I did have two apologies for the wait and the staff were generally pleasant and doing as expected.
It's such a fresh Nando's and the decor inside and out shows this. There are six or so tables outside, a couple are bright red plastic. Inside there is lots of colour too. As soon as you enter you see the till area which is clad in reclaimed wood set in a triangular pattern - most pieces have been painted a bright colour. To the right/front are some colourful large circular booths with a few more square booths against the wall. Towards the back right wall are further smaller square booths and right at the very back (where the toilets also are) is a little semi-circular section, walls clad with wood in a wicker style and enough tables for a large party to go in here. Each booth has a wicker lampshade above it too. The rest of the seating is table and chairs and with a couple of supporting pillars in the way, it is a little cramped towards the back on this seating. There's plenty of yellow too - yellow metal separators in a web effect, which matches the yellow patterned table tops and the yellow/brown walls in the toilets. Overall, very nice.
With the food coming in 30+ minutes... I was hopeful it would be worth the wait - and it certainly was! A very large portion of hot and crispy chips came, accompanied by a chicken fillet burger. The chicken breast fillet was much larger than the cibatta bun - very thick and juicy and oozing in sauce and mayo. A very tasty meal indeed.