It’s been a while since we have featured a member of the team on our blog, so we thought it was about time we told you a bit about our General Manager – Nazmi.
With over 17 years worth of experience in the industry and a vast CV in hospitality, Naz took the reins at the restaurant earlier this year and is loving every minute of it.
He is a strong believer that the secret of a good restaurant is “a fun team with great personalities giving service with a smile.” Working with the mantra that “communication is the key to success” we sat down with him for quick fire question session.
So Nazmi, Halloween or Christmas?
Definitely Christmas! Something about this time of year makes me really appreciate the little things. When the cold weather roles in, I love how the environment changes. Everyone you see, even in central London, has a little spring in their step because of the festive atmosphere. The restaurant has a warm buzz and is alive with people celebrating the festive season. Everyone decorates their houses and of course we deck the halls of W&B too! The flavours of Christmas are warm, hearty and comforting. I could go on and on – I absolutely love it!
Cats or dogs?
Dogs, but some cats are great too.
Wings or Goujons?
Oh god, how can you make me choose? Goujons, if I need my crispy crunchy fix. But if I’m feeling the need for some spice, I’d have to go for our new Sriracha wings.
Beer or cider?
I’m really not a beer man so it has to be cider. Nothing beats a nice beer garden or terrace in the sun with an ice cold refreshing cider!
Favourite holiday location?
I recently got back from a break in Croatia and it was so beautiful. It wasn’t my first time but every time I go I just get so surprised by the beautiful scenery. It’s seriously one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. The weather is scorching hot (which is always a bonus) and it’s close to my family so It always brings me good memories.
Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter?
Summer is my favourite season of the year, I’m a summer junkie and love feeling the sun on my skin. Nothing beats an ice cold cider or a whiskey, sitting in the beautiful heat and just relaxing on a day off!
Favourite dish at W&B?
5 spice chicken. There’s something so incredible about the infusion of spices in the half roast. It’s got a great little kick to it which compliments the sesame oil veg that comes with it. It’s the best free-range chicken I’ve ever had in London and I could eat it everyday!
Dream big, work hard and always smile.
I love cooking. I make a mean steak, an incredible roast dinner, pretty good fish, and have mastered many pasta dishes. When I’m outside of the kitchen I like to play and watch snooker. I’ve loved it since I was a kid.
So, in 1999 I got my first hospitality job working in a club around Carnaby Street. I worked there with a group of friends and it was really fun. After a hectic night shift we all went to get the bus home to South London. I was absolutely knackered and fell asleep on the night bus but didn’t think it was an issue as I was with all my work mates. Boy, was I wrong! My ‘friends’ thought it would be hilarious to just leave me on the bus and see how far I would go. I woke up in a startled panic in Harrow (North London) in broad day light on a packed bus full of commuters (and made a bit of a fool of myself as it took me so long to realise what was going on). At least I was on the right bus to get me back home!
Thank you Nazmi! You’ve been great!
No worries, if anyone would like a free plate of wings on me quote ‘Nazonthenightbus’ to your waiter and I’ll get them right to you!