Leeds - Trinity - Ryan Review
This Nando's is located in the newly opened Trinity Centre, meaning it is in the city centre. Leeds train station is only a few minutes walk away. Parking varies wildly between car parks, so make sure you check before you go. For example, there are amber AA road signs from about a mile out advertising "Trinity Centre Parking" and if you follow these you'll end up at two car parks: Boar Lane NCP and Criterion Place Q-Park. They are very handily located but expensive. Boar Lane charges 24/7 and is £6.50/2hr, £10.50/3hrs and £13.50 for up to 6hrs. Criterion Place is a bit cheaper as it has an evening rate from 6pm-9am at £5.60/2hrs and £6.50 max for over 2hrs, but during the day it becomes £7.20/3hrs, £8.80/4hrs etc. I recommend following the signs to the "Multi-Storey" which is Woodhouse Lane Multi-Storey. Opening hours are a bit restrictive (Mon-Sat 7am-9pm, Sun 9am-5pm) but the price is much better (£2/2hrs, £3/3hrs, £4/4hrs etc and only £2 all day Sunday) and with it being Pay and Display you can come and go with the same ticket.
The Trinity is home to an Everyman cinema along with plenty of other shops and eateries (some are still yet to open though). My personal favourite (except Nando's of course) is the sweet shop Gob Stoppers - which is just a few steps away from Nando's too.
This is a very modern shopping centre. It's extremely open and built in the shadow of the Holy Trinity Church whcih can be viewed through the enormous glass domed roof covering most of the centre. There are some great pieces of artwork on display - including a huge metal constructed mule sculpture which is impressive.
The Nando's is located on the second floor and it a very good size. It's split into three distinct sections each with differing bits of artwork and decor. There's a section just to your left as you go into the entrance - a middle section just to the right of this and then a further open section further to the right which is also across the walkway/bridge so gives you good glance out on the streets below... and makes you think you're in a motorway services :-D It means there's plenty of seating for parties of all shapes and sizes. It is mainly tables/chairs or bench/table/chair seating, but there are some larger square and circular tables particularly in the third section. Overall there (if split) there could be 40+ tables.
When this opened, Nando's put up 30 or so pictures of it on their Facebook page and it really is as nicely decorated as it appears. First off you have a big wooden carved Nando's on the floor outside the entrance. The first two sections have the ceiling covered in big wicker style colourful petals with some small spotlights hanging down from these. The wall on the left has three large bright canvas paintings and some further golden orb lighting above the benches/tables. The till point and serving hatch are covered in sparly tile/mosaic patterns and the bench seating in the middle section is bright olive green with beige/brown stripes. The third section though is great. Not only do you have the full length windows overlooking the streets below, but you have frosted glass on the floor creating more light and on this glass are the very bright green and red chairs. There's a great display of bright colourful pots and further canvas paintings, wall coverings and some bright red lighting. There are also a handful of sea-through mosaic clad lampshades creating fantastic colourful, bright effects.
Anyway, that's far too much said about this branch and the centre itself! Onto the food... I arrived here at about 8pm in a party of three and the branch was only a third full, which meant there was no wait for anything with the food coming under just under 5 minutes and it continued the streak of fantastic Nando's meals I've had, as this was also delicious. The chicken was another big portion and was piping hot all the way through. The meat was bright white and steaming, but very succulent. It was smothered in sauce and charred just enough on the oustide. The portion of rice was very generous and steaming hot while being moist and tasty. The chips came in abundance and were very hot and crispy too. I really can't fault this at all as it was a superb meal!