“ Address: 15 - 16 Market Place / Derby / DE1 3AH „
15 - 16 Market Place
We actually have three Nandos in Derby but this is the only one I have eaten in so I will focus my review on this one in the market Square in Derby. We ended up in this restaurant one evening while looking for somewhere easy and quick to grab a meal so it wasn't a planned venue.
The restaurant is actually in a building that was formerly the Derbyshire Building Society and sits on the corner of the market square in a part of the city they are trying to revitalize but this is not entirely successful with shops. The huge Westfield centre is at the opposite end of the city and so this end of town has struggled somewhat. There are a number of restaurant which have opened up and it does some to be getting a bit livelier in the evening.
The first Nandos we went to was in London many years ago but since then many more have opened up throughout the country.
Nandos is a South African franchise that was inspired by chicken restaurants serving piri piri chicken to the original gold miners during the South African Gold Rush . In 1987 two friends fell in love with chicken Piri Piri and started their restaurant Nandos and has since then gone from strength to strength and spread across the world to different countries.
The one I am reviewing in Derby opens from Sun - Thu from 12.00 - 22.30 and then on Fri & Sat from12.00 - 23.00.
I am not sure that it is always necessary to book as we just called in on the off chance and it certainly wasn't busy but if you really want to eat here then it might be better to book to make sure you get a table as it isn't a huge restaurant.
ATOMOSPHERE AND DÉCOR
This is very African in its look and I think it is designed to look like a brai or BBQ South African style so the furnishing is chunky and wooden. There is an African look to the decor and in fact Nandos are proud of the Afro Portuguese roots and restaurants in the UK have over 3000 pieces of African art displayed in their different venues which is quite remarkable and hopefully has helped some African artists along their way.
Did you know that Aberdeen has the most northerly Nandos in the world? Manchester has the most Nandos of any UK city with nine in total. These are other facts about Nandos can be found on their website and it is quite interesting to read.
WHAT CAN YOU EAT HERE?
If you have any food allergies or a specific diet they suggest you talk to the manage to advise them and they will also be able to explain what ingredients are in which dishes.
Well they serve chicken and the chicken comes in many different shapes and flavours but they do also have a number of vegetarian meals and other things such as beaf steak and chicken livers to name a couple.
The starters are all around £3 to £3.50 which I thought was good value. They also have a sharing starter for four which we chose which had Spicy Mixed Olives Red Pepper Dip, Houmous with peri peri and warm pitta for the price of £9.25 and there were four of us sharing and we had plenty.
The other starter s were similar such as houmous with pitta, olives and some nuts as well so none were huge or too filling and were just a taster really.
If you are in a big group or feeling particularly hungry you can order meals that consist of whole chickens with different choices of side dishes but neither my husband or I like legs and chicken extremities so we avoided suggesting sharing a platter and opted for choosing our own main meal.
My husband chose the flame grilled butterfly chicken breast with a side of chips and salad which came to about £10.25. He said it was really very soft and succulent and spicy although he did visit the salsa stand and get the hot piri piri sauce to add to his plate!
My choice was Mushroom & Halloumi Burger which was described as Roasted Portobello Mushroom & Halloumi Cheese Burger in fresh Portugese roll and I had a sald with this and the price for this was £7.60
My friend joined me and had the halloumi burger while my step son went for the whole chicken meal!
I did quite like the halloumi burger but found that it was quite a lot of bread so left the top half. The salad was quite fresh and balanced out the saltiness of the halloumi nicely.
We had some beers and I had a soft drink as I had pulled out the short straw and was driving. My husband chose a Brahma beer and my step son a Sagres and both these were £3.60 which is a fair prices. A glass of house wine for my friend and as soft drink were also pretty average prices and we did have second drink each .
The desserts were a lot of cakey sorts for about £4.25 each, a Nata which is a kind of Portuguese custard pie for £1.10 and various ice creams for about £2.95 . My friend and I chose desserts and my choice was a vanilla gelato, my friend had a toffee one and the men chose a nata each.
TOILETS AND MORE
These were accessible and clean so not complaints there. The entire restaurant is disable friendly and wheel chair accessible as it is on ground level. The toilets have baby change facilities and in fact the restaurant does welcome children and families. There is a child friendly menu but as we didn't have children with us we didn't really study that.
THE BILL AND GOODBYE
The bill came when we asked for it and they were happy to take my credit card. The waiter had been lovely and chatty so we left a nice tip and said goodbye. He wished us a nice evening and off we went.
Yes it is a pleasant enough place to eat. It is far from posh but okay for a friendly relaxed meal out. I can't say this would be my first choice but I wouldn't say no if someone suggested eating here again. You know what you are getting here and the menu is the same in any other Nandos but the décor will vary from site to site.
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