Southbank - Clink Street - Ryan Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
10 - 25 minute wait
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
3.88 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
3 (10 - 15 mins - Nando's average)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
5 (An exceptional Nando's! (Please tell us why) )
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So, onto my last venture for the evening and I had planned to go to Vauxhall, so had a leisurely 1.5 mile walk from Elephant and Castle to help walk off my three Nando's so far... but once I got there, it was closed due to a private bash (which sadly wasn't advertised on the website/Twitter), but I was given a voucher for five free hot wings - so not bad after all! The next nearest Nando's was back past Elephant up to Clink Street, so since it was getting near 9:30pm at this point, I decided to get the tube.

London Bridge tube/train stop is just a couple minutes walk away and being on the south bank there is a whole heap of things to see around here including the Golden Hinde, Clink Museum, Southwark Cathedral and the remains of Winchester Palace etc. Plenty of real ale boozers too.

This really is one area where you don't mind sitting outside in Central London... but saying that, even if there aren't any spaces in the outside seating, if you can get one of the inside tables in the large windows, you can have a great view overlooking the Thames.

For the rest of this Nando's inside, it is fantastically big and spacious and very well decorated. Given its location, the ceilings are very high and vaulted but all of the walls are filled well with canvasses and paintings. There are also very large light fittings, including very large wicker style light shades, large circular discs (that look like UFOs) and even a disco glitter ball! So much seating as well, including on a little mezzanine level. This is a chicken palace.

The place was rammed, so I had a bit of a wait for a table but the chicken still came in under 15 minutes and seeing as I had had some average to poor servings so far this evening, this was a very welcome change. I went for the butterfly chicken breast with chips and a ratatouille (needed one of my five a day...) - and the breast was a king-size portion - cooked perfectly and smothered in sauce and the chips were cascading off the plate and hot and crispy. Certainly a very nice cap off to the evening.

Staff were doing as expected as it was so busy.

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