I have to admit that I find this a very difficult review to write. I had no expectations of Nandos and was unsure how the visit would go.
My friend is an old hand at Nandos and speaks very highly of it so he took me along to the Chambers Street branch in Edinburgh about 8pm on a Saturday night in April.
As you would expect it was very busy. We waited about 10 or 15 mins for a table which was fine. I'd looked at the menu online and was completely baffled but found it easier to navigate once seated.
I didn't realise we had to do most of the work ourselves - go to bar to order and pay then go and collect drinks, cutlery, sauces etc
We were seated upstairs and it was basic I felt. It was rather chilly and lacked atmosphere even though there were few empty tables and one large group of young ladies. We sat right in the middle and there was plenty of traffic to and from the till, past our table and this caused a chilly draft on me with each passing person.
The food took nearly half an hour to arrive as it was so busy but I am assured that this is not the normal speed of service.
We both had butterfly chicken breast which was ample. I had the mash which was nice. I also had the corn on the cob which was very average. While there is nothing much you can do wrong with corn it was not as sweet and juicy as corn should be!
The staff were pleasant and young (kept calling every one 'guyz' !) and the food was average.
If you are looking for fine dining in luxury surroundings this is not for you.On the other hand if you are looking for simple unpretentious grub at a reasonable price, before you go out boozing of a weekend, in a relaxed, casual and unhurried atmosphere then this would suit you perfectly.
Will I return ?
Well yes probably, but it will depend on the day, my mood and my dining companion(s)
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