Basildon - Festival Leisure - Marc Joss Review
It was time for a Rate Your Nando's team adventure to a Nando's which neither James nor I had previously frequented for Sunday lunch and Basildon Festival Leisure fitted the bill perfectly. We arrived within about 40 minutes and felt most welcomed to the area by various enticing road signs! We managed to locate the Nando's in the Leisure Park after a minor moment of uncertainty given the usual complications when using a post code for a leisure centre with no street number.
We parked for free right outside the restaurant which has a cinema and bowling alley in the near vicinity making it very busy in evenings and on the weekend in general. We were lucky to choose a particularly quiet Sunday during the Easter holidays and even luckier to pick a Nando's with a lovely outside area perfect for peri-peri in the sun on such a warm, spring Sunday.
There was no queue to order with Dan, who explained to us that the restaurant has been running competitions for children which involve them colouring in their Nandino worksheets and they are all displayed on the wall as you walk in, a lovely touch! Our starter arrived within minutes of sitting down and our mains arrived as the last piece of pitta bread soaked up the remaining drops of peri-peri drizzle infused houmous, perfect!
As for the food itself, my chicken was covered in sauce, the garlic bread was great and I received a particularly generous single peri chips portion. On the negative side my wing was missing but a Nandoca quickly saw to that. I must say that it wasn't at all spicy on this occasion so as extra hot lover, I can't give more than 3.5/5 if the spice doesn't even tickle my taste buds.
Overall my 133rd different Nando's visit was a success and I'd fully recommend this restaurant!