Whitechapel - Ryan Review

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Number of Visits: 
This was my first visit
How Busy?: 
A few tables occupied
Date of Last Visit: 
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Time of Day: 
Weekday Dinner
3.75 / 5
Friendliness of Staff: 
3 (Not bad. Did everything I asked of them)
Speed of Service: 
5 (Under 5 mins - I had only just got back with my cutlery and sauce)
Quality of Food: 
5 (Nando's fit for a King - The very best (Please tell us why)!
Decoration & Cleanliness: 
2 (An old Nando's, needs some investment)
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Onto Whitechapel... and an Indian street market in full flow. For about quarter of a mile either side of the tube station are market stalls with what seemed like thousands of people browsing them. It would probably be best to exit the station, cross the road, turn left and then cross back over the road when you see the White Hart Brew Pub.

Away from the bustle and just set back from the main road is a strip of outlets and Nando's is tucked away in there. A chap called Neil seated and served me and he was very pleasant but doing everything as expected.

This time around I was claiming a free 1/4 chicken and getting a rice and salad... and I never hold out much hope when claiming a free 1/4 as seem to get a scabby wing... but blimey - when the breast piece is as big as this, there really is no need to order a half chicken. It was huge - and also piping, piping hot and bright white meat all the way down to the bone, caked in sauce and just enough charring on the skin. The rice portion also came in a larger bowl than normal, so was a massive portion and also steaming hot. Not bad for about £4.

Also as I was ordering there were three sets of people ahead of me in the queue, but all four sets of people's food (including mine) came in under five minutes - very quick service indeed! It was coming up to 6pm and those of us at the till were generally the only people in the restaurant, but still, double quick service!

In fact the only bad thing about this Nando's is the depressing decor. It's generally very dark inside. There are plenty of full length windows, but most of these look out onto the side of a building that has been painted black. There aren't really any booths and it's all table/chair seating and old table/chair sets at that. All the walls are painted in an old peachy colour with no artwork anywhere.

The toilets are immediately to the left as you come through the main entrance and are as small as the seating area. There's only one urinal with the hand-dryer being behind the door, so be prepared to get smacked by the door if you want dry hands...

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