Whitechapel - Blaynos Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
Almost Full
Date of Last Visit: 
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Time of Day: 
Weekday Lunch
2.5 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
2 (15 - 25 mins - Where's the food? Might have asked a staff member)
Quality of Food: 
2 (Quite disappointing - seems rushed, may have some parts burnt)
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
3 (Standard Nando's, nothing bad, nothing exceptional)
Comments - Stand out in our monthly competition! What did you eat? Unique aspects? Parking/transport tips?: 

Bethnal Green last week, Whitechapel this week as I look for Nando's branches less busy that the City...

I couldn't remember if I'd been to this branch a few years ago (had friends at Queen Mary) but I definitely didn't recognise it when I saw it. It's part of what looks like a fairly new-build (or at least refurbed), about a 4-5min walk from the station (turn left when you exit the station; District/H&C/Overground, and Crossrail in a few years). There's like a circular glass shape that provide views of the road but otherwise it's quite a bland restaurant, with a rather awkward entrance that funnels customers past the tills into the main seating area.

I arrived early again and staff generally seemed to be rushing everywhere with not much actually being done. The burger was ready, as one Nandoca found, but the girl behind in the kitchen made a point of saying that my chips would only be ready at the time specified online, which was rather odd - especially given as nothing seemed to be cooking, despite a queue at the till. Time came and went and still no chips for a couple of minutes after the time before I eventually was served by Miguel - who was very good at the end, asking if I needed napkins (and getting them) and sauce, which I didn't need. Actually, that's something I forgot to say in the Bethnal Green review, I wasn't given any napkins. Seems trivial, but there should be some placed in every takeaway bag.

Chicken burger was of decent size and had a good amount of hot sauce on it (alas, a lot had soaked into the bread by the time I was served) but the portion of chips was of pitiful size. I mean, it was just woeful.

Would I return? Again, like last week, probably not.

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