Stevenage - Marc Joss Review

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How Helpful?: 
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Time of Day: 
Weekend Lunch
4.63 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
5 (Wow, I feel incredibly welcome! Recognised if a frequent visitor)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
4.5 (Great - Very tender, piping hot, not at all burnt, dripping in sauce)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
4 (Very clean, newly furnished, impressive artwork and lighting)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

The Rate Your Nando's team decided to visit this branch as it was a new one for us both and we felt like it needed checking out. The drive up the A1 from North London was very easy and took around half an hour. Parking is completely free and right outside in the leisure park which is a bonus. You can find a cinema, David Lloyd and other chain restaurants such as Frankie and Benny's in the surrounding area so the common cinema plus Nando's combination is possible here!

As for the Nando's itself, the huge chandelier which is protected in a glass cabinet directly above the entrance (see photos below) is extremely impressive and something unique which I do not recall seeing in any of the other 65 branches which I have visited. The branch is blessed with huge amounts of natural light as there are windows surrounding half of the branch. Seating can be found in a range of booths, sofas and chairs. Most tables for 2 have 1 seat on a sofa along wtih a chair opposite which is where we were.

There was no queue to order and we engaged in a thoroughly enjoyable chat with manager Jon. Our starter actually arrived at the table before we did, what more can you ask for? Moments after munching our houmous with peri drizzle, we saw a Nandoca heading our way with huge amounts of food and 2 extra hot flags, it could only be for us! Food was fantastic although the leg was not the meatiest I've ever seen. Having said that, the quantities worked out perfectly as I just about got through my half chicken, 2 peri chips and halloumi. The term 'satisfied' doesn't quite do it justice, I couldn't have asked for anything else. A nice touch was having my mayonnaise brought in a proper pot (rather than the small plastic containers) which meant that it was easy to create my ultimate sauce (mayonnaise doused in extra extra hot sauce) and I had more than enough to go with my whole meal.

The staff were all extremely friendly, especially when we mentioned the website and the Nando's Defence League (see photos for evidence). Aidan (one of the grillers) even confessed to regularly checking the website to have a read through reviews, that's what we are here for after all!

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