Balham - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
3.13 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
4 (5 - 10 mins - Some conversation had begun)
Quality of Food: 
2.5 (Average but needs more peri spice)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
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So onto my third Nando's of the evening and fourth of the day... so I was starting to feel a bit full at this point! But the next step took me to Balham.

This Nando's is just a few minutes walk away from Balham Train and Tube Station. It is a fairly small restaurant with only 20 or so table/chair sets in a slightly narrow and longer layout.

There are four large canvas paintings on the right hand wall, with one large chandelier at the front in the window. The rest of the lighting is just spot lighting, with also standard decor by way of some pots/carvings.

The food came in 6 minutes and for some reason I ordered another half chicken and chips... It was maybe the first time I was hoping for a "leaner" bit of chicken, but what came was the biggest piece of chicken I've had in a Nando's..... BUT it was just big boned! It turned out there wasn't actually that much meat on it at all, which in one way was a relief. It was cooked okay, maybe a bit dry. The chips were overcooked and mainly crispy as though the potato had been fried away...

Staff were okay and did as expected.

Oh, and there was a ladder in the toilets. Nice touch.

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