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Member Name: minimunchkin
Advantages: Tasty, fast, not too expensive
Disadvantages: Cold if sat near door
We went to Nandos (Ashton Moss, Greater Manchester) today as a little treat for mine & my nephew's birthdays. We actually wanted to go to Red Hot World Buffet but that's another story...
Anyway, my nephew hadn't ever been to Nandos and we do really like it so we were quite happy going here.
We went in, it was pretty busy but as it was a Sunday afternoon, to be expected really. We had to wait around 10 minutes for a table but we had somewhere to sit and had a menu to look at it so it didn't feel like we were waiting ages.
Once seated, I noticed straight away the table hadn't been cleaned properly, I just wiped up a little wet patch with a napkin and I was okay with that, it wasn't dirty; there was just that one little spill. We decided what we wanted and I went up to order it, this kind of reminds you that you're in a fast food place as opposed to a proper restaurant but I don't really mind that. I ordered a chicken fillet burger with spicy rice and chips, a tub of Perinaise sauce (mayonnaise with a hint of peri peri sauce) and a bottomless soft drink. For three of us it came to around £42.
Once I was back at my seat, I was very aware of how draughty it was, we were sat really close to the door and with people coming in and out all the time, it really did get very cold towards the end of our meal. I'd definitely ask to be seated elsewhere next time.
The food arrived pretty quickly and was warm enough although I wouldn't say it was red hot. The spicy rice is delicious, though it is pretty firey, I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to spicy foods so somebody else might think it's not spicy at all. The chips and Perinaise sauce was yummy but I can't understand why they have some sauces free and some you have to pay for, the Perinaise was 50p for a small tub. The burger itself was okay, I don't recall them toasting the bun before, maybe they just toasted it a lot this time, it was quite crunchy. The chicken was a bit fatty I thought but the other two people I was with thought it was okay. The medium spice is quite tolerable even for me. We had a bottle of Garlic sauce on the table which was absolutely red hot, my poor nephew didn't realise it would be hot and put loads on his burger without trying it first...eeek!
My nephew and I had a dessert, I had a strawberry and cream gelado which I'm not sure was worth £2.95, it was very tasty, especially the cream part but it was really small. My nephew had the Choc-A-Lot cake and shockingly didn't eat it all; he said it was nice but really sickly.
To me Nandos is half way between MacDonald's and a proper restaurant, it's informal but quite cosy and if you're not sat near the door, quite warm I expect!
The staff were nice but we didn't really have much interaction with them aside from taking our orders and clearing our plates but they were friendly and polite.
My nephew enjoyed his first trip to Nandos (he also spotted Ricky Hatton so he was quite pleased with that) and will definitely be returning, as will we.
Summary: Nice little treat if you're just wanting something casual and quick