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>> No. 5883 Anonymous
6th April 2011
Wednesday 5:52 pm
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Why do a lot of people seem to rave about Nando's?

My friends think I'm a freak because I very rarely eat Subway or Nando's; as far I can tell it's just, not especially good quality, grilled chicken that has been marinated in peri-peri sauce. Am I missing something here?
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>> No. 5884 Anonymous
6th April 2011
Wednesday 5:56 pm
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Can't comment on Nando's but loads of my mates love Subway, I can't understand why. In an area with loads of great local sandwich shops, they still visit subway regularly...
>> No. 5885 Anonymous
6th April 2011
Wednesday 8:09 pm
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>>5883
Nandos feels like a proper restaurant, but is as predictable (and consistent) as a McDonald's. I.e. you get the ease of eating fast food without the "stigma" of eating fast food. Add in that it's not especially expensive and you're onto a winner, even if their actual food is not great.

As for Subway... no idea.
>> No. 5886 Anonymous
6th April 2011
Wednesday 8:18 pm
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>>5883
Nando's is shit. It's regular fast food with a ton of capsaicin added as an afterthought. Uninspiring food for uninspiring people.

Subway is ok in my books though. Nothing to write home about but still one of the rare sources of healthy fast food.
>> No. 5887 Anonymous
6th April 2011
Wednesday 8:53 pm
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>>5886
>Healthy.
Lad.
>> No. 5888 Anonymous
6th April 2011
Wednesday 11:42 pm
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Nando's isn't especially great, but there's not much you can do wrong with sticking chicken and chillies together in some pitta bread. I don't mind eating there if people want to, even though I can never help thinking how easily I could have just made the same meal at home in the time it took to go to the restaurant.

Subway is just proper shit, though. Their ingredients are horrendously low quality.
>> No. 5889 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 1:28 am
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Nandos is very poor by any stretch of the imagination. The meat is horrible and the chips are uninspiring. It is incredibly bland and largely popular with boring people. Pino Grigio at an office get-together sort of thing, junior management women with that school secretary look about them. Grey suit trousers. They might even say stuff like "dead classy" and keep dead twigs in a white vase near their TV. They like Dido.

Anyway fuck Nandos. A friend of mine worked there and basically told me never to eat any of the chicken. That kind of accolade made my mind up. Even Wetherspoons is better than Nandos, in that you can actually order something reasonably nice from a menu. You can see into the kitchen in one of the Spoonses in my hometown, and that's pretty reassuring.

Anyway Spoons isn't great but it's better than Nandos. But why would you bother going to either when every town in the country has a better, cheaper option?

>>5886

Oh mate no it isn't healthy though is it come on now
>> No. 5891 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 10:23 am
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>>5889
>t is incredibly bland and largely popular with boring people. Pino Grigio at an office get-together sort of thing, junior management women with that school secretary look about them. Grey suit trousers. They might even say stuff like "dead classy" and keep dead twigs in a white vase near their TV. They like Dido.

You just described my girlfriends mother. This is going in the Christmas card this year.
>> No. 5892 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 10:24 am
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>>5889
I thought Spoons did all there food in those horrible frozen bags and just microwaved it?
>> No. 5895 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 1:56 pm
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I've heard of Subway but not these others. Oh well.
>> No. 5897 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 2:31 pm
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>Nandos is very poor by any stretch of the imagination. The meat is horrible and the chips are uninspiring.

I can't see that the meat is that bad. It's just fresh A-grade chicken which has been flame grilled and doused in hot sauce. It's hardly inspiring, but it's not objectively bad either. To criticise simply prepared fresh food like that but praise over-processed shit like Wetherspoon's is weird.
>> No. 5898 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 2:50 pm
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>>5897

It isn't fresh, simply prepared or indeed "grade A". The chickens they use are battery farmed and usually class B. It's covered in artificial sauces which are bland yet full of flavour enhancers (rather than actual ingredients) resulting in a terrible mess of nasty textures and greasy seasoning. Whether you agree with the ethics of intensive farming or not, it produces a much lower grade of meat. If you're used to bad meat, then Nandos probably doesn't taste that different, but it really is low grade stuff.

While Spoons is a far cry from fine dining, it has a more interesting menu with better ingredients. The beef is Farm-Assured, they bother to use Maris Piper spuds, the sausages are free from crap, the eggs are free range, the fish is sustainably caught... It's still Spoons, the puddings are still microwaved and the curries come from a tub, but it's better quality food than Nandos for a fraction of the price.
>> No. 5899 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 2:51 pm
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But they have bottomless drinks at Nandos!
>> No. 5900 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 3:13 pm
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>>5899

Of cheap syrup mixed with flat soda water coming out of dirty lines.
>> No. 5901 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 4:32 pm
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>>5898

Look, I don't mean to be argumentative, but you're just wrong by the source I looked at prior to making the previous post.

http://www.theprintworks.com/the_place/venues/nandos/

So it's fresh, A-grade chicken marinated for 24 hours and grilled to order. What now?
>> No. 5902 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 4:41 pm
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>>5895

You've never heard of Wetherspoons? What manner of cave have you been living in? They sell cheap beer and passable grub, it's my temple. They steaks are the only thing I'll eat mind you because I know they grill them fresh.

What about Yates or Sizzling? Note: Yates is balls.
>> No. 5904 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 4:47 pm
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>>5885

Not especially expensive?! Lad, it's about £14 for a beer, shitty bit of chicken and a fistful of chips. I've only been to Nandos once and can happily say I'll never return. When I dine out, I like to be so full that I feel sick afterwards... Nandos wouldn't fill the stomach of a starving Ethiopian.
>> No. 5905 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 4:57 pm
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>>5901

Lad, the website for an entertainment complex in Manchester isn't a valid source of information.

For starters, "A-grade" actually doesn't mean anything. I can legitimately bludgeon a chaffinch to death and sell it as "A-grade". In the UK we have a meat class system - Class A and Class B. It isn't even particularly relevant.

The fact that it's been marinated for 24 hours doesn't change the quality of the chicken. It arguably masks the taste and texture of mediocre meat, but it isn't a refined cooking technique and definitely doesn't merit the prices.

If you don't mean to be argumentative, why are you voraciously defending a mediocre institution with non-facts derived from extraneous sources? I suggest you reassess your allegiance and stop eating at terrible restaurants.

>>5902

The Spoons steaks are pretty reasonable. They aren't generally the best examples of their cuts, but they stand up to basic inspection and tick all their respective boxes. I've often wondered why the steak sauces are advertised as "suitable for vegetarians" though.
>> No. 5906 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 5:15 pm
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>>5904
Less than £15 quid for a meal out in a restaurant-type place featuring semi-table service is what I consider "not especially expensive". Whether it's value for money is different question entirely and in that regard I'd agree.

> Nandos wouldn't fill the stomach of a starving Ethiopian.
I disagree. The "half a chicken with two sides" is reasonably filling (for me, at least, and at a touch over 15st I'm not exactly a minimalist when it comes to eating).

Anyway, it's not like I'm recommending the place, but it's so thoroughly bland, average and uninspired that it's hard to actually find something to genuinely dislike about it. I don't get the rave either, but I find the almost visceral hatred some people have of the place equally baffling.
>> No. 5907 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 5:22 pm
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>>5906

No visceral hatred, lad, just a scathing disregard for a bad product. Maybe we just have higher standards than you.
>> No. 5908 Anonymous
7th April 2011
Thursday 5:30 pm
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>>5907
> Maybe we just have higher standards than you.
Must be it.
>> No. 5912 Anonymous
8th April 2011
Friday 5:26 am
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I'm going to be controversially un-edgy and say that I like Nandos. If a mate of mine said let's go to Nandos I would not recoil in disgust. I have bottles of Peri Peri sauce in my fridge and I use them on my own chickens.

inb4 cretinous inchworm or whatever the latest forced meme of the day is

Incidentally this is what Nandos say about their chicken on their website. Notably there is no mention of what class they may be.
Currently, Nando’s uses barn-reared chickens. Our whole chickens are sourced from the UK and supplied to us fresh by Faccenda and Freemans of Newent, who supply our halal chickens.
A small percentage of our chicken breast fillets are sourced from Holland and Germany as demand for this product outweighs supply in the UK. We do not purchase battery reared chickens or any manufactured chicken product.
We insist on the highest standards of hygiene and quality from our suppliers, who comply with the ACP (Assured Chicken Production) industry standards. Our barn-reared chickens are housed in deep littered, well-ventilated barns and have constant access to food and water. They are fed non-GM feed and are free from antibiotic growth promoters.
As part of a continuous process of reviewing all aspects of our supply to make certain our products are properly and ethically sourced. We are also actively looking at RSPCA Freedom Foods and Free Range chicken.
Nando’s prides itself in offering great tasting food at great value. Chicken welfare is of utmost importance however we also need to consider the price our customers are willing to pay.

>> No. 5913 Anonymous
8th April 2011
Friday 6:03 am
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It tastes quite nice but is quite expensive for the portion sizes. I cannot muster any more enthusiasm for the topic than that. It's alright, nothing more, nothing less.

Buying their marinade from the shops allows me to enjoy a heartier portion for less money, though, so I'd rather do that sometimes than go to the place.
>> No. 5917 Anonymous
8th April 2011
Friday 1:33 pm
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I've not been in a long time, but Nando's fillet burger and chips is probably the best meal I've ever eaten. Bunch of poncy Frenchies in this thread. Some of you will probably suspect me of attempting to troll, but I'm dead serious.
>> No. 5920 Anonymous
9th April 2011
Saturday 1:51 pm
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Nandos have got really stingy with their portions, when they first started over here it was actually quite good value, not any more.

I remember going into a Nandos in Croydon about 8 years ago and being the only white person in there :/
>> No. 5921 Anonymous
9th April 2011
Saturday 7:42 pm
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>>5920

Racist
>> No. 5987 Anonymous
13th April 2011
Wednesday 10:33 am
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>>5891
>keep dead twigs in a white vase near their TV
My girlfriend's mum actually has this. Are we dating the same woman?

>>5912
I shall join you and fester in un-edgy-ness. Yes, I could cook similar at home, but what you really pay for is for someone to cook and clean for you, as well as the food itself. Good place to go if you want to get out the house but don't have too much money to spend. I usually go for the mash rather than chips though, I must admit. And from experience it seems that some places are better than others so maybe I'm just lucky/ all of you are unlucky.

I'd place it in the same league as places like Bella Italia or Pizza Express, rather than Maccy Dees. Stuff you could do yourself, but they just do it a little bit better, and isn't made by deep fast frying chunks of offal.
>> No. 5989 Anonymous
13th April 2011
Wednesday 3:04 pm
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>>5987
But Bella Italia is shite and you could do it better yourself.
>> No. 5990 Anonymous
13th April 2011
Wednesday 4:27 pm
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>>5989
I don't know, haven't been there for years, was just the first thing that came to my head.
>> No. 7103 Anonymous
30th November 2011
Wednesday 9:09 pm
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HUNGRY Ross Dance bit into a Nando's chicken wrap — and found he was chomping on a live FROG. The horrified diner managed to spit out the 4in-long animal, but fears he may have already eaten one of its legs.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3968219/Hoppy-Meal.html

He looks hopping mad.
>> No. 7104 Anonymous
30th November 2011
Wednesday 9:22 pm
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>>5912
>barn-reared chickens
Doesn't really mean anything.

>We do not purchase battery reared chickens
This would depend on whose definition of "battery farm" you use.

>ACP (Assured Chicken Production) industry standards
Industries can invent their own standards for anything and then stick a nice shiny label on the packaging. Only independent standards are worth anything.

>We are also actively looking at RSPCA Freedom Foods and Free Range chicken.
And I'm actively looking at buying a Ferrari but it's not going to happen any time soon.
>> No. 7105 Anonymous
30th November 2011
Wednesday 10:11 pm
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I think we've essentially established that Nando's is mediocre at best, that their constant waffling about quality means precisely fuck all, and that their target demographic is the dull, semi-chavvy, dead-twigs-in-a-vase brigade.
>> No. 7106 Anonymous
30th November 2011
Wednesday 10:15 pm
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>>7105
Are you telling me that Are Ross in >>7103 is part of the 'dull, semi-chavvy, dead-twigs-in-a-vase brigade'?
>> No. 7107 Anonymous
30th November 2011
Wednesday 10:22 pm
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>>7106

He can barely adjust his face to make a recognisable expression. He's an accounts manager and he has a wife called Karen. The amount of potpourri and dead twigs in his (mostly white, tan and beige) sitting room is probably enormous. Karen probably says stuff like "dead classy" and I bet this is the most interesting thing that will happen in their entire lives.
>> No. 7109 Anonymous
30th November 2011
Wednesday 10:39 pm
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>>7107

I giggled.
>> No. 7111 Anonymous
1st December 2011
Thursday 12:27 am
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>>7104
>Doesn't really mean anything.
>depend on whose definition of "battery farm" you use

So let me get this straight, you're saying that the words 'barn-reared' and 'battery-reared' do not mean what they say they mean? Explain yourself. Do you think Nando's wouldn't be done for misleading customers if they were happy to advertise that they do not purchase battery hens when in fact they do?
>> No. 7112 Anonymous
1st December 2011
Thursday 12:38 am
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>>7111

Most battery farming is done in barns. All chickens are barn reared, whether they're confined in cages or not.

Now, I'm not him and I don't think they're outright lying, but they're not telling the truth either, and their chicken is not free-range Class A like they're eager to imply it is with their "barn-raised A-grade" talk.
>> No. 7113 Anonymous
1st December 2011
Thursday 1:03 am
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>>7112
But they said their chicken is not battery, so your syllogism is bollocks.

They are implying their chicken is free range by stating it's barn-raised? Are you mental or something?
>> No. 7115 Anonymous
1st December 2011
Thursday 1:09 am
7115 ARE YOU MENTAL OR SOMETHING?????
>>7113

Hahaha

Just passed this post in * and found that sentence completely representative of the bollocks chatted on .gs

>They are implying their chicken is free range by stating it's barn-raised? Are you mental or something?
>> No. 7116 Anonymous
1st December 2011
Thursday 1:10 am
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>>7114

Herring? Like the fish? Are you MENTAL or something?
>> No. 7117 Anonymous
1st December 2011
Thursday 1:17 am
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>>7113
When they say that their chicken is not battery they use the technical definition of battery, but the public generally think battery farming is just anything involving cages. So what they say is completely true, but misleading at the same time.

Also, their assertion that they don't use battery farming is a red herring anyway.
-It will actually be illegal to use battery farms from next year, so they don't really have a choice about this.
-and battery farming is mainly only used for eggs, the only way a battery farmed chicken would ever end up on your plate will be as a processed lump of meat covered in batter.

>>7111
The ASA is ineffectual enough as it is when it comes to punishing companies for complete lies. When companies write things like this about their products, everything they say can be argued as being entirely true, but they rely on the ignorance of the public to make them think it means something else.
>> No. 7124 Anonymous
1st December 2011
Thursday 7:09 pm
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>>7113

>They are implying their chicken is free range by stating it's barn-raised?

Of course they are.
>> No. 7135 Anonymous
3rd December 2011
Saturday 3:59 am
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>>7115
Chat is an intransitive verb, fuck you.
>> No. 8688 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 12:19 pm
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My friends dragged me to Nandos yesterday, it just strikes me as a slightly more upmarket KFC but mainly for people incapable of properly seasoning their own cooking.

I wish I'd bought shares a few years back, mind. They must have skyrocketed.
>> No. 8689 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 1:51 pm
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>>5902
I know someone who worked at spoons. The steaks are green before they are cooked. Also they treat staff like shit.

Never been to a Nando's but I'm a Subway fan. You get the convenience of fast food but less grease than Burger King or Macdonald's. And I like how you can actually choose exactly what goes on your sub. I'm sure the ingredients aren't super top notch but no fast food ever will be.
>> No. 8690 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 2:00 pm
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Are you by any chance friends with a number of "LADs"?

If so, this is why.
They are mental for eating that crap.
>> No. 8691 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 2:03 pm
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>>8690
I was first introduced to Nandos by a friend I met at university, who wasn't exactly a LAD, but decidedly working class. I was horrified that I was supposed to eat chicken with my hands, having been raised by middle-class parents to always respect proper table etiquette. It didn't even taste good.
>> No. 8692 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 2:50 pm
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>>8689
Can't you get that at any sandwich shop?
>> No. 8693 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 3:08 pm
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>>5987

>I'd place it in the same league as places like Bella Italia or Pizza Express, rather than Maccy Dees. Stuff you could do yourself, but they just do it a little bit better

Bella Italia, Zizzi, Nandos and especially Pizza Express all fall into a class of eatery I call "mediocre food for mediocre people". The culinary equivalent of an All-Bar-One.

If I'm paying twice the price of what it'd cost to produce at home, I expect a meal that's twice as good - and in these places you simply don't receive it.
>> No. 8694 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 4:10 pm
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Not that I'm really complaining that someone took the time to look for a related thread before posting, but this thread is almost 2 years old.

I remember posting in it, but it was so long ago that I no longer recognise which post might be mine. Still, I've not been to Nandos yet and I noticed one in Stirling. Seeing this thread again has put me right off again, so probably worked out best.
>> No. 8695 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 4:19 pm
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I've been once. Never again.

Thankfully it seems the place is so fucking popular now there's an hour or two to wait to eat there, so I never have to face it even if my idiot friends want it. "Oh no but we're hungry now, that's a shame we'll have to go somewhere that actually sells food"
>> No. 8696 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 4:24 pm
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I have been to a Halal nandos. I don't mind nandos, I don't know why everyone is up in arms about it.
>> No. 8697 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 4:37 pm
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>>8696

Food snobbery is a socially acceptable form of cuntery?

Still, I agree with them for the most part. I really like chicken, cook it all the time. The stories I hear do not endear the place to me.
>> No. 8698 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 6:54 pm
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>>8697
>Food snobbery is a socially acceptable form of cuntery
How dare you post this on /nom/. Fuck you.
>> No. 8699 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 7:27 pm
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>>8694
I wouldn't have been arsed to trawl through all the pages in the hope the thread still existed. It's a good job we have the catalogue. I didn't realise the thread was so old, though. I sort of enjoy reading (or guessing which ones are) my old posts.
>> No. 8700 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 7:27 pm
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>>8698

Now, now. I'm implicit in it, but that doesn't mean I don't recognise it for what it is.

I'm the guy who replies in disgust everytime someone posts about putting milk in their tea. Are you trying to insinuate, regardless of wether or not I'm right or wrong, I'm not a cunt?
>> No. 8701 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 7:38 pm
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>>8699
>I didn't realise the thread was so old, though.
Yeah, it's not like each post has a timestamp telling you when it was posted, is it?
>> No. 8702 Anonymous
10th February 2013
Sunday 8:40 pm
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>>8701
I meant before I clicked on the thread in the catalogue, silly sausage.
>> No. 8703 Anonymous
11th February 2013
Monday 9:35 am
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I'd honestly rather eat at Maccy D's since unlike Nando's I can't cook it at home cheaper, better, and without the company of twig-bothering HR staff. Blumenthal himself would struggle to recreate the ethereal, sponge-like burgers in question.

There's something quite sad about people seeing a place like Nando's as aspirational. It reminds me of reading about some poorer, Asian countries where eating KFC is treated as a formal night out.
>> No. 8704 Anonymous
11th February 2013
Monday 6:26 pm
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>>8703
McDonald's does nothing for me. The fries taste like warm, salty paper and the burgers are incredibly bland and tasteless.

At least at Burger King the burgers taste meaty, even if it is horse.
>> No. 8705 Anonymous
11th February 2013
Monday 6:39 pm
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>>8692
Well I don't know of a great number of independant sandwich shops where I live. So given a choice between Subway or Maccy's, I'll easily choose Subway.
>> No. 8706 Anonymous
11th February 2013
Monday 6:46 pm
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>>8705
If I've read /sentry/ right (probably not) then you're from Hull. If you're in town then go to Trinity Market, there's a couple of sandwich stalls that don't look like much but offer cracking sandwiches.
>> No. 8712 Anonymous
12th February 2013
Tuesday 11:58 pm
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I posted >>5912 two years ago and thought I'd check if Nando's policy had changed. It's nearly identical, except that they've removed the bit about getting chicken breasts from Holland and Germany (even though they still qualify all the chicken they source from Britain being "whole") and, suspiciously, the part about the chickens being "fed non-GM feed and are free from antibiotic growth promoters". Hmmmmm.
>> No. 8760 Anonymous
14th February 2013
Thursday 11:33 pm
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>>8706
Never been to Hull in my life I'm afraid. Problem with where I am is it's full of tourists, so really easy to get ripped off with them if you're not careful.
>> No. 8818 Anonymous
15th February 2013
Friday 10:57 am
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I like Nando's. I have no delusions as to what it is, but that's pretty tasty food for not a lot of money.
>> No. 8848 Anonymous
17th February 2013
Sunday 9:47 pm
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>>8706
Ahh Freshco, next to that barmy Italian guy selling home made pizzas and pasta! They offer good scotch eggs.
Do you remember Skeltons selling cheesy scotch eggs, with a layer of cheese between the meat and egg?
>> No. 8849 Anonymous
17th February 2013
Sunday 9:49 pm
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>>8706
Has the pizza bloke fucked off for good? The sandwich stall next to him is amazing, I'm assuming it's one of the ones you're on about. Newland Carvery is also great for a carvery-in-a-sandwich.
>> No. 8878 Anonymous
19th February 2013
Tuesday 7:02 pm
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>>8849
I can't say I've seen him in a while. Last time I was in Newland Carvery the woman there kept offering me meat to try, afterwards I barely had room for the sandwich I'd bought. I've also heard that there's a sandwich shop about 100 yards down Hessle Road that's very generous with the fillings they give you and I still need to try Olive Garden on Prinny Ave.
>> No. 8886 Anonymous
19th February 2013
Tuesday 10:48 pm
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Since we're talking about nice independent places do any of you know anywhere good outside the Arndale Market in Manchester?
>> No. 9193 Anonymous
7th May 2013
Tuesday 6:44 pm
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>>8878
>I still need to try Olive Garden on Prinny Ave.

Had a Mediterranean Melt from Olive Tree today. Ruddy gorgeous. No wonder the Subway down there is always dead.
>> No. 9194 Anonymous
7th May 2013
Tuesday 8:27 pm
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>>5902

The food at spoons isn't passable. The mash is hydrated powder and the meat (even the 'steaks' 'pork chops' and bacon) is microwaved, reformed and barely hit for humans.

Theres a reason you can get a hot meat and 2 veg meal and a pint for 5 quid...
>> No. 9195 Anonymous
7th May 2013
Tuesday 8:32 pm
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>>9194
n1 m9. dat 25 month old post dont no wots hit it.
>> No. 9196 Anonymous
7th May 2013
Tuesday 9:22 pm
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>>9194

This is demonstrably false, lad. I worked there, you're a complete berk.

Ask down your local about how they cook their stuff and what produce they use, you'll get a demo. Their meat isn't reformed in anyway.
>> No. 9197 Anonymous
7th May 2013
Tuesday 11:47 pm
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>>9194
Careful with that axe, Eugene
>> No. 9198 Anonymous
8th May 2013
Wednesday 12:00 am
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>>9193
Sad to think that on one of our fanciest avenues the best food place is a sandwich shop, isn't it? Bar a few which are obviously wank before you even go in I've eaten everywhere down Prinny Ave and nowt's impressed me that much. A mate of mine was a chef at Boar's Nest and the owner packed up and moved to South Cave, his comment being "people come down here to get pissed, I'm not going to get taken seriously as a restaurant down here".

On the topic of delightful indie establishments, though, have any of you hullfa.gs been to English Muse for a nice coffee yet? It's not bad. More and more coffee shops popping up, it's good to see.
>> No. 9199 Anonymous
8th May 2013
Wednesday 3:54 am
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>>9196

I can second this. Furthermore, especially considering what you pay for it, their meat is actually surprisingly good quality.

And the mash is brought in frozen, not dehydrated.
>> No. 9200 Anonymous
8th May 2013
Wednesday 6:08 am
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>>9198
My favourite down there is Thai House. Laundry is alright, but I found the service quite poor.

Aside from Raj Pavilion I reckon the best places are around town; Lion & Key, Garbo's, Wilson on the marina does a fantastic gammon and chips and if you can afford it then the food at 1884 is exquisite. I've also heard good things about Swadh on the old Hedon Road.

I've never heard of English Muse, it sounds like the kind of place you'd get down Newland Ave.
>> No. 9201 Anonymous
8th May 2013
Wednesday 9:54 am
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>>8703

In fairness that's how Americans see us with Pizza Hut; in fact our Pizza Huts are far more upmarket than they are Stateside. I think it's the same for KFC in many Asian countries.
>> No. 9202 Anonymous
8th May 2013
Wednesday 1:38 pm
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>>9198
>>9200

I've always found the Real Sandwich shop in Ezzle square and just along from the McDonalds in town really nice, their Turkey/cranberry/stuffing bap has helped overcome many rough heads.

I'm quite fond of that Hitchcock's Vegetarian restaurant in town, you can take in your own booze too. The only weird thing is how it's a buffet. Napoleon's restaurant isn't too bad either from what I can remember, though we just got a cheap meal each and won back enough to cover the meal and a taxi home with the vouchers they give you...
>> No. 9203 Anonymous
8th May 2013
Wednesday 1:55 pm
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>>9202
I've been to Hitchcocks many times and I almost always end up bored by the food as it tends to be bland and stodgy. The only time I've been impressed was when they had some lovely marinated carrots. If it wasn't for the puddings I'd leave their hungry.

If you're after veggie food then Zoo isn't bad. It always tickles me when their specials are whatever is on offer at Jack Fultons across the road.

(A good day to you Sir!)
>> No. 9236 Anonymous
10th May 2013
Friday 6:01 am
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>>9203
Banned for mixing up their and there? This is why I shouldn't post on my phone while I'm having a poo at work; I was literally shitposting.
>> No. 9238 Anonymous
10th May 2013
Friday 6:15 am
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>>9236

It was the correct use of "their" but

>their specials are whatever is on offer
>> No. 9239 Anonymous
10th May 2013
Friday 6:25 am
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>>9238
What should it say?
>> No. 9240 Anonymous
10th May 2013
Friday 6:30 am
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>>9239

In the context of the original sentence:

>when their specials or whatever are on offer at Jack Fultons across the road.
>> No. 9241 Anonymous
10th May 2013
Friday 6:32 am
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>>9240

Maybe it should be "Jack Fulton's" with an apostrophe too but some establishments omit the apostrophe in their name.
>> No. 9242 Anonymous
10th May 2013
Friday 6:36 am
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>>9240
But that means something different. What he was saying is that the specials menu comprises whatever happens be on offer at Jack Fulton.
>> No. 9243 Anonymous
10th May 2013
Friday 6:39 am
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>>9238
I thought it would have been for

>If it wasn't for the puddings I'd leave their hungry.

>>9241
I've just looked it up. They're actually called Fultons Foods.

There seems to be a few of us up early this morning.
>> No. 9244 Anonymous
10th May 2013
Friday 6:57 am
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>>9242

You're right. I completely misinterpreted it.
>> No. 9249 Anonymous
10th May 2013
Friday 9:49 am
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>>9244

It's amazing how my eyes and brain autocorrect their/there mix-ups. I was picking out spurious grammatical errors like a blackout drunk confabulating memories to fill in the blanks.
>> No. 9299 Anonymous
13th May 2013
Monday 6:23 pm
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>>9200
>Laundry is alright
You think? I thought their menu was trying to be fancy but their chefs just couldn't match up to it. I took our department there for Christmas dinner and everyone's food came a bit wrong somehow, my rosti was rock hard and more people's veg was "a bit too al dente" (the phrase that was getting thrown around). Also the only two people that had steak got food poisoning.

I went to 1884 the other night and it was honestly the best dining experience I've ever had without having to leave Hull for it. Not quite on par with Pipe & Glass near Bev, obviously, but not as pricey either. I'm now desperate for an excuse to go back.

Never tried Hitchcock's, nor have I tried Green Ginger but I've wanted to for a while. I'm just not a big fan of mushrooms and I've heard veggie types tend to eat a lot of them because they secretly miss meat and mushrooms are as close as they can get.

Without turning this into yet another Hull thread (too late for that, soz everyone else), I'd love some more recommendations around here as I'm running out of new places to eat.
>> No. 9300 Anonymous
13th May 2013
Monday 6:25 pm
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>>9299
>they secretly miss meat
You don't really know any vegetarians, do you?
>> No. 9301 Anonymous
13th May 2013
Monday 6:27 pm
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>>9300
I was just being a cock. I know a few. I once watched a vegetarian ease his way back into meat-eating by having a tuna sandwich. He basically orgasmed right there in the pub.
>> No. 9302 Anonymous
13th May 2013
Monday 10:46 pm
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>>9299
It's well over a year since I went to Laundry, but I found the food very agreeable. I guess it helps that when I went it was almost empty and the chefs won't have been rushed like they would over Christmas.

There's not a lot of mushrooms at the buffet at Hitchcocks. It's a different theme every night (whoever books first for the night gets to choose the menu) but it's quite bland. I think that their core clientele* are so grateful just to have a vegetarian restaurant instead of having to make yet another choice between a cheese and tomato tart or five bean chilli that they lap it up regardless.

If you like fish then I recommend Lion & Key. The chefs there used to work at Ceruttis, which is probably the best fish restaurant in Hull but it's very dated and a bit stuffy inside. Tony Cerutti is very welcoming, though. I'm also fond of Green Dragon in Welton, it's a Marstons but the food is far superior to what's on offer at the likes of Goldcrest and Warton Arms.

As far as I can tell, there are 3 main groups of people you will see at Hitchcocks:-

1. Students who like the informal hippy vibe.
2. People who have dragged their friends, date or family there for a special occasion, usually a birthday. If it's family then the dad will invariably make a quip about having a plate full of chips and nothing else or popping to a takeaway on the way home to get a burger. The stubborn attitude of the dad makes the veggie more determined to like Hitchcocks.
3. Banshees. Groups of up to 20 women who spend the evening working their way through several bottles of wine and cackling like witches. They're too pissed to care what's actually on the plate in front of them.

>> No. 9315 Anonymous
14th May 2013
Tuesday 10:37 pm
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>>9302

>Banshees

Oh Jesus Christ that description triggered my PTSD. No good can come of a table like that, and apparently they don't even tip as they are protecting their fucking pooled 'kitty' like its the holy sacrament. Just shuffle credit cards like normal fucking people. But try to refuse them service, I dare you.
>> No. 9316 Anonymous
14th May 2013
Tuesday 11:45 pm
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>>9302
>Cerutti's
I was going to bung that in my post and ask if anyone's tried it, actually. It's always closed when I wander past but I've heard nothing but good things about the menu. Two Rivers in The Deep is apparently shite food and you're basically just sitting in a canteen that's had an evening makeover but I still want to try it out.

Speaking of dated and stuffy inside, have you tried Lantern on Whitefri'gate? I went years not even knowing it's there but I went in January and the food is just great. It's supposed to be Cypriot food but everyone I know that's been has had steak because they were told the steak is amazing. I had the steak, it was amazing. Paid the reasonable £17 for a fillet and it didn't disappoint at all. You pay for your veggies on the side but if you're paying £17 for steak then £3 for something to go with doesn't really take the piss. Decor is reminiscent of a Teddy's Amusements that hasn't been done up since the seventies, plastic ornaments and dusty curtains and all that. We had the restaurant to ourselves, I'd love to go again in spite of the time travel.
>> No. 9318 Anonymous
15th May 2013
Wednesday 8:16 am
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>>9316
I've been to Two Rivers with work, it's not in the canteen. We were sat between the sharks and the Amazon tank. I can't recall much about the food, though.

I've never been to Lantern but I've had it recommended before. I might look into it.
>> No. 9347 Anonymous
19th May 2013
Sunday 11:30 pm
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>>9318
I went to Lantern again on Wednesday and was again the only person in the restaurant for some time. However, I was treat like a king and my steak was amazing. If you can catch them when they're open, I highly recommend you go.
>> No. 9443 Anonymous
18th June 2013
Tuesday 5:04 pm
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>>9347
Another Hull lad here, I shall check out Lantern, is that the one next to that leather jacket shop that is obviously some seedy ciggy smuggling front and up those stairs?
>> No. 9444 Anonymous
18th June 2013
Tuesday 5:44 pm
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I know I'm more than a little late to this thread, but I might as well throw my oar in as I ate at a Nando's for the first time a few weeks ago. I had basically the OP with a coke, no dessert. I'm surprised they're a rising success because to me it just tasted like fast-food chicken and fast-food chips. Which is alright, I'm not that snobby about my food, but it cost over a tenner and for that kind of money I expect (and can easily get elsewhere) some proper food.

Won't be going there again unless I can't avoid it.
>> No. 9445 Anonymous
18th June 2013
Tuesday 6:01 pm
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>>9443
Yes it is and it's amazing. I'm surprised you actually pinpointed its location, it's quite easy to walk right past even if you're looking for it.

I've actually been back again because my friend wanted steak last week and I didn't know where else to take him. I'll recommend you get the fillet steak because it really is perfect and supplement with some french fried onions (onion rings) and the peppercorn sauce but whatever you decide to get do let me know how it is because I feel a bit bad getting the same thing every time I go back.

To put things into scope, I regularly eat three meals a day consisting of fish and sometimes have to make the conscious effort to eat something that isn't fish, Lantern has a menu with about ten different kinds of fish and I don't even give them a look after trying that steak. It's really a case of "I could try this... but I know I'm going to leave happy with the steak".
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