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Nandos is a very popular, fast food, high street chain restaurant. There is one on practically every high street.
Nandos serves Portuguese inspired food. The main ingredient is chicken which is marinated in a piri piri sauce. They serve chicken in various ways – meat off the bone, burgers, wraps and pitas. They also do a good range of meat free options. They have a good range of sides and starters – pita and dips, fries, spicy rice – to name a few. They have a good suggestion of sauces which vary from mild to XXX hot so you can customise your food.
They have a good range of drinks including all you can drink fizzy drinks (Coke etc.)
For fast food, nandos is quite expensive. Prepare to pay about £30 for a meal for two with sides and a soft drink. However, the portions are good.
Service is exceptionally speedy. You do have to go to the counter to order, but your food is brought to your table.
All Nandos are decorated the same. African meets Portuguese. Wooden furniture and “traditional” wall paintings. In terms of atmosphere – there isn’t much. Expect gangs of monosyllabic teenagers and hassled parents trying to prevent their seven year olds pouring XXX chili sauce all over their food.
In short – the food is tasty and quick. If you’re out shopping in town then this makes a nice change from a sandwich from greggs. However, it’s pretty pricey for what it is and there’s no atmosphere so I wouldn’t recommend this as anything other than a quick bite.
I was just about to put 'not a lot other than chicken' as a disadvantage, but, let's face it - you should have the common sense to go somewhere else if you don't like or eat chicken.
We usually visit the Nando's in Bury, located in The Rock Shopping Centre. We have only been a couple of times where there has been a 20 minute wait, however, we are usually seated before the time stated. Once my partner and I have argued the toss about who is going to go to the desk to order (usually me), the food arrives pretty sharpish (usually around 10 minutes).
Great choice of chicken on the menu, including whole chickens, thigh (new), wings, breast, etc. along with an assortment of sides. There are also some nice beers and cider on offer (including Brahma and Savannah Dry) although I often get a soft drink (with free refill) as I like my chicken extra hot.
The also have an excellent loyalty scheme so I would recommend picking up a free Nando's card. Each time you spend £7 or more you receive a 'chilli' and once 10 have been collected you can either redeem a whole chicken or a single combo meal. It certainly sounds like a lot but it soon adds up.
I would recommend:
Double chicken pitta (I have this extra hot but I know this isn't for everyone). I love the salad they use, full of coriander! I also have this with chips covered in peri-peri salt and if I'm hungry I'll stick a corn on the cob on as well
Also, try the perinaise...sort of a lightly spiced mayo. Enjoy!
Nando’s is the place to go if you like chicken! However, if you are not a great lover of chicken then maybe this isn’t the place for you. Nando’s restaurants all have a similar layout and follow the same procedure. You decide on your order; choose the ‘spiciness’ level; select your sides and go and order from the counter. There is also the added benefit of refillable drinks. I have visited several Nando’s in a range of cities and have always experienced the same level of service and the same quality of food.
The restaurants are of a contemporary design and the laid back vibe means the clientele is an eclectic mixture. Prices are reasonable meaning that the establishments are always bustling. Nando’s are usually located in central locations such as: city centres; shopping centres and near cinemas. Because of the convenient location, there is always something to do before or after visiting for lunch or dinner. All in all, Nando’s makes an excellent meeting point for a consistently good meal while you are out and about.
There are a couple of drawbacks to Nando’s. One of them being the aforementioned lack of variety should you not like chicken. The other notable disadvantage is the ‘dining hall’ feel due to the tables being quite close together. I wouldn’t recommend it if you are looking for a romantic evening out. Lastly, the dessert menu is rather limited so if, like me, you are a lover of the dessert, you might want to visit elsewhere.
Nando's is a Portugeuse chain of restaurants, famous for its chicken dishes and 'PERi PERi' flavours. There are now around 300 branches in the UK, at least five of which I have visited myself.
When you walk into Nando's they always greet you and say 'Have you been to Nando's before?' to which I would of course say yes, but if you say no then they tell you how it works.
Although this is predominately a chicken restaurant, there are a few other choices on the menu, including various side dishes and vegetarian options.
When you order chicken you will be asked which flavour you want, ranging from 'plain' to 'extra hot'. The chicken has been pre-marinated in Nando's signature 'PERi PERi' sauce, so even if you order the plain variety it still has a tasty flavour to it, but none of the spiciness. Obviously the flavours get spicier from plain to medium to hot to extra hot.
Various side dishes can be ordered to accompany your main meal. These include a garden salad, spicy rice, corn on the cob, chips, garlic bread, and grilled halloumi cheese.
They serve a pretty standard selection of soft drinks - most of which come with 'free refills' which you serve yourself from the drinks dispenser machine. You can also choose to have beer or wine (these don't come with free re-fills unfortunately!)
There are a few dessert options including carrot cake and caramel cheesecake. Frozen yoghurt is also an option for a lighter choice.
When you place your order, if - like me - you order a 'bottomless drink' then you will be given a glass there and then. There are a couple of drinks machines located in the restaurant which you then use to fill up your drink as and when you require.
The food is always very quick to arrive. The fact you can see partly into the food preparation area means I've noticed that it looks like chicken is constantly being cooked. I usually only wait ten minutes, if that, for my meal. If the wait will be any longer than this they usually advise you at the time of ordering.
When thinking as Nando's as a fast food restaurant it could be classed as a bit expensive, when thinking of it as a normal restaurant it's really quite cheap. I personally think the prices are about right for what you get and the quality of the food.
I usually spend about £13 on my meal of butterfly chicken, rice, salad, halloumi cheese and a bottomless drink.
I don't really have a lot bad to say for Nando's as long as you judge it on what it is. It's not a posh restaurant, it's a fairly cheap, almost fast food, serve-yourself joint - which doesn't claim to be anything else. I think the food is super tasty, and consistent too. Whichever branch I've been to, and whatever time of day, the food hasn't let me down.
I was only introduced to Nando''''s once I started university and I seemed to be the only one who had never been there before. I am such a fussy eater but chips and garlic bread are two things I will eat anywhere, so I decided to try these and I also braved a chicken breast in a pitta. I was really impressed with the chicken and ate pretty much the whole thing, I thought the portion was very reasonable and I enjoyed the meal as a whole. Since then I must have been to Nando''''s about 100 times and I absolutely love it. I like that with most chain restaurants the food always tastes the same no matter which one you''''re at. I think the selection on the menu is great and there''''s loads of extra options etc however I would say some are slightly pricey for what it is. The choice of sauces and condiments is great and I like the fact the drinks are unlimited. The only thing I''''m not so keen on is when you having to go up and order because pretty much every time you can guarantee there''''s loads of people waiting and something daft like 2 people on tills. Nando''''s is one of my favourite fast food/restaurants and I think I''''ll always be a customer. I think their loyalty card is also brilliant, especially if your a regular customer there, earning either a quarter chicken, half chicken or full chicken roughly every 4 visits. They have also changed the rewards recently and you can now earn instead like a full combo meal. Nando''''s have also now began taking orders through their app, for you to go and collect. I think they are defiantly one of the best chicken/fast food places and would defiantly recommend anyone who hasn''''t already, to try them out and see what you think! :)
Im a Veggie from birth, I used to love the nandos veggie burger until I watched them cook it....Nandos do a veggie burger and veggie pitta, as well as salads. The nandos veggie burger is cooked on the grill with the meat, it is covered in chicken bits and cannot be called veggie or vegan. the salad has grilled green beans also cooked with the meat and the other salad has parmesan cheese. so the answer is really NO, nandos do not do ANY veggie food. I challenged the nando manager who told me that its company policy and in line with training to cook the everything on the same grill... 'contrary to what the menu says'... avoid nandos if your veggie! Nandos UK customer care number is 0800 975 8181ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS COOK THEM WITH THE FRIES!!!
This is a review of Nandos. Even though Nandos have been around since 1992 I only started to become aware around two years ago. A quick bit of research tells you that there are over 280 Nando's Restaurants in the UK now - over 100 of these are in London! I have been to Nandos branches in Cardiff, Bristol and Merthyr, however my review is of the Bristol (Cribbs Causeway) branch as I went here a couple of weeks ago with my sister during a shopping trip.
On arrival, like a lot of restaurants you have to wait to be seated. We went on a Monday lunch time around 2.30 for lunch. It was therefore not too busy, although as the centre was busy there were still a few diners there. There were several servers around and we got seated fairly quickly (within three minutes). We were given the option of having a table near the kitchen or near the balcony so we went for the balcony. I get the feeling that if there are more of you, you are more likely to get one of the more comfy booths.
On arrival the server had asked the question they always ask 'have you been to Nando's before'. 'Of course!' I said. If I hadn't though I don't know if I would really like to admit for fear of looking silly. The server then asked if she could get any drinks for us (which we declined). She then instructed us to order when we were ready, but to help ourselves to the free water and ice if we wanted. Although you have to get up to get this yourself, I quite like the fact that water and ice are freely available - instead of you having to wait for the server to bring refills.
The menu at Nandos is very straightforward. Although most of the foods are based on chicken there are also veggie options and a range of sides (in regular or large) and salads. Prices are reasonable and even more so if you choose one of the chicken platters (there are a choice of four for anywhere between 2-6 people). On ordering you also have to decide if you want your food spiced as ...
mild (lemon and herb or mango and lime)
There is also a children's menu for the nandinos, which like most places is basically a menu made up of the same as an adult menu but smaller portions.
My sister and I opted for the Wing Platter. She had to go up to the bar to orderso had to go and get your own plates and cutlery), which can be a pain but at the same time you can take your time deciding and not feel under pressure to have to wait for a server. For me if this means getting food quicker and more efficiently (and keeps costs down) then I'm all up for it. After all this is the way they do it in Weatherspoons!
My sister really likes it hot - so she had it hot whereas I have milder taste so went for medium. On ordering the person at the desk was more than happy to accommodate for this even though we ordered a sharing platter. When the food arrived, then wings were clearly marked as to which was hot and which was medium. From the time we ordered it took around 15 minutes for food to be served - which I think is reasonable - but also shows that food was cooked fresh!
The menu states that the platter serves 2-3 people, which I think is a bit ambitious. Neither myself nor my sister are big eaters but we gobbled this up and I can't imagine another person being there to share the food (there would have been some food fights)!
Generally the food was scrummy. The chicken was hot, the spices were spot on. We had four sides - the peas and mint were lovely, the salad was not that inspiring - a few lettuce leaves, come cucumber and tomato (and a bit mean in portion), the coleslaw was lovely however and the chips were nothing great but cooked well (they could have been oven chips)? In this particular restaurant you can see the kitchen which is always nice and reassuring as you can see the chefs at work.
The restaurant was clean enough and the servers seemed very quick to clear any tables as people left to make the atmosphere nice for everyone else. There was the usual hustle and bustle of the restaurant and people chatting (the tables are a bit close together but not majorly so). It would have been nice to have some music playing perhaps however. The toilets were also maintained to a good standard.
The server came and checked if we needed anything 10 minutes into our meal. She also came to say goodbye as we were leaving which I thought was really nice.
So it's not Michelin Star food or anything but I would definitely recommend. Although I am not a huge fan of chain restaurants, from my experiences I have found the restaurants in this chain always to be clean, tidy, the food is scrummy, service is ok and you know what you're getting. Above all, the prices are very reasonable! I would only remove a star for the meany portions!
I stumbled across Nandos several years ago when this rather different kind of restaurant was built in Lincoln. Perhaps it wasn''t the most different of restaurants but to us Lincoln-folk used to the usual pub grub or restaurant style places to eat this was a welcome change to the norm.
Nandos is a Portuguese style restaurant and although I really do love it and enjoy the food and atmosphere there are a few points which annoy me too so I thought seeing as I have a bit of a mixed opinion it would be great for a review!
Nando's are quite readily available now, at first they seemed quite rare but even here in Wakefield we are treated to one and there are at least 2 in Leeds!
The restaurant is easily identified by it's big red logo with a black and red chicken above it. The chicken is rather odd looking but I'm not one to judge!
When you first enter the restaurant you are shown to a table and given a chicken. This chicken contains a number and it isn't really all that vital, I think it's mainly just for the staff to see how many people are still to order and where they are sitting.
The seating is one of the issues which annoys me. If you are not lucky enough to get one of the big comfortable booths which gives you plenty of privacy you are then one of the unfortunate ones, crammed in to the tables which are lined up next to each other and you're forced to listen to other peoples' conversations! There really is a case of cramming you in, the last time we went our table was so close to the two either side of us that we could only just squeeze past to get to our seat. This does annoy me in restaurants, I really like to go out to relax and have some intimate time with mrs B, I don't want Joe Bloggs and Tom, Dick and Harry listening in on either side of us.
The lighting of the place is always quite dim which I like, it does give out that relaxing kind of feel which is nice to have when you're having a break from the bright office lights you put up with every day. There are often some random facts about chickens or Portugal written on the walls too which makes it all rather quirky.
The menu has now become quite complicated with 'small sides' and 'medium sides' having been introduced.
Starters are nothing special, we have never ordered anything from this section as nothing ever appeals to us as they're all a bit 'picky' things like olives and nuts so not something we would tend to call a starter, maybe if they were already on the table we may pick at them but they're not something i'd want to have as an entire course!
Mains are based around chicken! You can have a half chicken, a whole chicken, a chicken breast, you can have it in a pitta, in a bread. You can then decide wether you want one or two or even three sides and whether you want them to be small or medium sides- complicated- aye! The sides include spicy rice which is delicious! It comes served in a ramakin pot and ideally I'd like twice as much, not because there isn't enough, but because it's declicious and I'm greedy! chips, bashed peas, mash, garlic bread, corn on the cob and several others.
Your final decision is the kind of marinade you'd like. I will warn you- they are spicy! If you're not a fan of spicy then pick the lowest one and if you usually like just a little spice then the second one on the scale will be fine, anything above that then you're talking properly spicy!
If when you get your food you don't think it is spicy enough it doesn't matter! You can use the bottles of marinade to spice things up yourself! these are great for sprinkling over your chips!
When ordering food you go to the bar to order. I guess this irritates me. Seeing as they have the courtesy to seat you it would be nice for them to take the order too but instead you have to go and queue at the bar and then, to add insult to injury, it's up to you to get your own drinks and cutlery! I just think that what defines a restaurant is it's ability to wine and dine you instead of you doing all the work like you would in a pub- although in a pub you don't even have to get your own drink.
The food is amazing. They cook the chicken fresh on the coals and you can tell. The flavours are always really beautiful and go really well with the various sides they have to offer. You never have to wait too long for it either which is good and when they bring it to you it is piping hot. I have never had any reason to fault the meals they are fantastic.
In terms of it being rather different; if you order the same food it comes on the same plate and you share off it! This was a rather shocking feature at first but now we really like it and quite enjoy this element of it!
Price wise Mrs B and I had 2 main meals with 2 medium sides and 2 drinks (both these drinks are refillable so if you want to keep getting up to refill you can!) and it cost us £19. I don't think that is too bad value but also not great if you're on a budget either.
I think this is a great restaurant to go to if you're not on a romantic quiet night out where you want to relax as, lets face it, if you go here you don't tend to have a lot of time to relax as you have to go and order and have to keep going to get your own drinks. I also don't think you tend to stay here very long so i think it would be a good place to go for lunch or if you're going out with friends. It's great if you want to go somewhere and don't have much time too!
Piri Piri is a well known type of chilli and has a rich heritage in Portugal who created a unique oil/marinade for meats such as chicken. I myself have been to Portugal and had piri piri chicken and its very nice. Nandos began in 1987 and has well over 1000 restaurants located world wide including around 250 in the UK and specialises in piri piri chicken although it does do other meat and vegetarian options
My Introduction to Nandos
My cousin who lived in Manchester took me to the Trafford Centre shopping and recommended Nandos to me, Id never heard of it before but she said that they did piri piri chicken and was really good so we went in, that was about 7 years ago and since then I've been into the closest one to me which was Coventry City Centre but that was only on shopping trips. Late last year my home town Leamington was rumoured to be getting a Nandos and sure enough this was confirmed and opened on 10th July (My birthday).
How it works
Nandos is semi waiter service. You are shown to a table and given a menu, its then up to you to order and pay at the till and the waiting staff will bring your food out to you. As its piri piri you will be required to select a "strength" now if you are not a fan you can opt for plainish, which is basically plain chicken but it might still have some spice on it due to how it cooked. Then you get mild lemon and herb or mango and lime, medium heat, hot then extra hot. I personally opt for medium and when I first started doing in this was just about ok but now I have become accustomed to it and I add extra table sauce. Once you have ordered your food and drink if you opt for a bottomless such as cola, sprite or Fanta then they will give you your glass and you go over to the self service section to fill up as often as you please, here you will also get napkins, extra plates, cutlery, table sauces and other condiments, you can also wash your hand here which is handy. Food usually takes around 15-20 minutes but this will depend on how busy they are and what you order.
The only thing that I don't like about the Nandos model is that you cannot reserve tables if there are less than 6 people, sometimes you cannot reserve at all, this is a pain as you have to rely on it being quite or try to get there before the rush. I have been into many city centre to do some shopping and went to go to Nandos and seen a massive queue for tables and left, it is off putting but if you can book or get there early do it.
Food on offer
Nandos main food is chicken, you can get chicken burgers, pittas, wraps all with chicken in it as well as 1/4, 1/2 and whole chickens. These can all be ordered on their own or with sides. If you don't fancy chicken or are vegetarian you can opt for beef steak burger or halloumi and mushroom burger, pitta or wrap or veggie burger, pitta or wrap. If you fancy salad there are a range of salads available, these include veggie options.
Sides available with meals are chips, spicy rice, coleslaw, macho peas, garlic bread, salad, corn on the cob and creamy mash. You can have 1 or 2 sides as part of a combo meal for one, you can order extra if required. You can also opt for fino sides (posh sides) luso beans, ratatouille, or sweet potato mash, as a combo meal you can have 1 or buy extra. Other sides are available to buy, these are halloumi cheese, bread rolls, cheese, piri mayo, piri piri sprinkle all at varying costs. You can also get appetisers such as olives and nuts, Ive never had these before but they do look quite good if you are starving and cant wait.
Nandos also do a range of platters, this is very cost effective if there are a number of people eating, I myself have ordered platters before with my sisters and you do get quite a lot of food for the money you pay. The biggest platter is a jumbo platter and comes with 2 whole chickens and 5 large sides, its recommended for 4-6 people and this would most definitely be enough to fill everybody up.
They do a children's menu which has a variety of things on offer, all mild so it wont be to spicy for them. I personally have never been and ordered one so I don't know how big they are. The adults portion sizes are good so I would assume these to be the same.
There is also a range of puddings to order and bottomless frozen yogurt, I've only had the yoghurt once a few years back and its very nice, cannot comment on other puddings.
Drinks on offer
If you opt for a bottomless drink they will give you a glass and allow you to fill up as often as you wish, bottomless drinks include cola, diet cola, sprite, Fanta. They also do other soft drinks not bottomless and can be brought at the same time as ordering although if you want another you will need to pay for and get at the till. There is also a range of bottled alcoholic beers, wines and ciders, again you buy what you want/need and re-order if required. If you want a hot drink they do all the usual coffees, hot chocolate and teas. Ive had a hot chocolate once and it was very nice.
The cheapest option is around £7 for a piece of chicken and 1 side, if you want extras you can add these on and a drink is around £2 so its possible to eat for around £10 per person. A platter is most cost effective, a meal platter which is a whole chicken and 1 large or 2 regular sides and 2 bottomless drinks is £20 which Ive had before and is very filling for 2 people. If there is a group of you a jumbo platter would be a good idea however one thing to note with the platters is that the chicken is all cooked to the same heat so I don't think you can request different heats, however I have never tried this so it might be possible if you ask. I myself vary what I have, most often I have half a chicken , medium, with 2 sides, 1 portion of halloumi cheese and a bread roll then a bottomless drink, now I must add I only have this when Im very hungry! This is around £15 and is a splurge but I enjoy it all very much. If Im not very hungry I will have a chicken burger with 2 sides and bottomless drink for around £11.
I've tried quite a bit of food off the menu and never had anything I don't like. The chicken is always cooked well and tastes great. I've not had the veggie or beef options but a friend who did have beef has advised its very nice. Sides I've had all but the luso beans and mash and liked all of these, my personal favourite is the spicy rice and macho peas which I usually do have as my 2 side options. The halloumi cheese is a lovely side to have and I almost always order it when I go in. If you are new to piri piri and/or Nandos I would recommend trying a mild heat and then add extra table sauce if you want it hotter, I began on medium heat which was just about ok however I now add lots of extra sauce to it and love it, how hot you like it will depend on your own tastes.
For those on a diet Nandos is one of the best places to go. The salads are around 300 calories and a main (1/4 chicken with corn on the cob) is around 400. As a weight watcher member you can have 1/4 chicken and rice for 8PP (It was this last time I checked). If you want to "splash" out a chicken burger and chips is just under 800 calories. I myself whenever I have nandos I feel full but not sick or lethargic, its something I really enjoy and I don't feel hungry an hour or so later as opposed to some chains.
For me 5/5
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.
I remember when Nando's first opened and I was told it was primarily a chicken-serving restaurant. I was told every dish involves chicken and wasn't particularly interested in going there. I didn't see how a proper sit down restaurant could revolve around chicken and be so popular or interesting as you can't really be that creative with chicken. My friends and family had all visited Nandos for various occasions and I was persuaded with the offer of a free lunch to go ahead with my daughter and give it a go.
We originally went to the Nando's restaurant in Castlegate, Dudley. It's not a particularly large restaurant but is a decent size with plenty of seating area. It's located amongst other restaurants, a pub and a large cinema so there's lots to do in the area and plenty of parking right by the restaurant. The exterior of the restaurant seems quite posh. The Nando's logo is on the front of the building in large red letters with potted plants outside and wooden beams over the entrance.
Once inside the restaurant we were given a menu and told there would be about a ten minute wait. There's an area of seats where you're able to wait for a table which is much nicer than standing. The restaurant is decorated really nice with large paintings, extravagant lampshades and nice wooden tables and chairs. The lighting is nice too, it's not really bright but is given a nice glow by numerous lights dotted around the room. It's not too dark so you're able to see your food but it sets a nice mood. There's cheerful Portuguese or Spanish (I'm not sure which) music playing quietly in the background of the restaurant which again adds to the relaxing atmosphere of it. My first though was that it felt like I was on holiday. When you dine out in a nice foreign restaurant in a hot country, this is what Nando's feels like to me which makes sense as Nando's is a Portuguese style restaurant.
I thought the menu would be a bit plain as I didn't know how much you could do with chicken but I was pleasantly surprised. There's a range of appetisers wittily labelled as appeteasers including mixed olives, peri peri nuts and a humous peri drizzle pitta bread all priced around £3.45. The mains include a quarter of a chicken, half a chicken, a chicken butterfly, burgers and pittas and a couple of chicken wraps. All Nando's restaurants have a frozen yoghurt dispenser which you can use yourself for dessert. They also serve a variety of flavours of gelado, cheesecakes and carrot cake.
I didn't have a starter as I don't usually eat that much and wasn't sure what the main portion sizes were like so thought I'd play it safe and have a dessert afterwards if the main wasn't filling enough. When you choose what chicken dish you would like, you also have to choose the the spice level. This can be from plain-ish which I'd imagine is little spice, lemon and herb or mango and lime which adds flavour, medium, hot or extra hot. This is clearly explained on the menu with a spice chart so you're able to make an informed choice on what you want. Once you've decided what you want and how hot, you can order sides with it. It's normal to order our burger, chicken or wrap with two sides which is priced on the menu. I opted for the chicken butterfly with medium spice as I don't like my food to be too bland. I had coleslaw and chips as my side which sounded like it would be lovely. Other sides available include corn on the cob, garlic bread, haloumi cheese and spicy rice. It says on the menu that the coleslaw is freshly made in the restaurant and I was keen to try this as it's something I haven't tried before, I've always bought it ready-made in Asda.
There are also vegetarian options on the menu which I haven't mentioned. You can get a beanie burger, veggie burger, and haloumi and mushroom rolls and pittas. I've not tried any of these as I do like their chicken but I've been told the beanie burger is particularly nice and is a favourite of one of my friends who isn't vegetarian.
The drinks menu isn't great, they do bottomless soft drinks which are just £2.45. I think they are the best value. They also offer red, white and rose wine and some portugese beers and ciders. They don't serve popular lagers, alocopops or ciders which I think would be a bit better as you tend to stick to your favourite drink when you're out.
Once you've decided what you want, you go to the counter, tell them your table number and pay for your food there. I ordered two bottomless soft drinks with the meals and was given my receipt and two glasses which you're able to fill yourself at the drinks machine. I quite like this as it means you don't have to pester the waiters for re-fills.
The restaurant was quite busy so I thought we'd have a long wait for food, particularly as it's all cooked fresh but it came out after about 15 minutes which I thought was more than reasonable. The food was nicely laid out with the chips and chicken on the plate and the coleslaw in a separate bowl. I'd expected a small scoop of coleslaw on the side but got quite a big bowlful as well as a good helping of chips. I wasn't overly impressed with the size of the chicken butterfly as it didn't look that big but it was quite thick and a lot more filling than it looked. The chicken looks very succulent and juicy and is covered in their herbs and sauce, it looks delicious. I asked the waiter for a side serving of barbecue sauce which he happily fetched for me and gave to me in a small plastic dish.
The chicken was cooked brilliantly and was soft and easy to cut. It has a fantastic taste, it wasn't overly spicy but I wouldn't have gone any spicier as it was definitely hot enough. It was very juicy and chewy and tasted great mixed with the coleslaw and the BBQ sauce. The chips were also lovely, none of them were burnt or bad and they were well cooked and very more-ish. The whole meal was really nice and I must admit, I've never enjoyed such a simple meal of chicken and chips as much as I did then, it's very simple but cooked to such high quality. It was also very filling, I didn't have room for dessert although I had wanted to try the frozen yoghurt as people kept walking past with it in little tubs and it looked really nice.
The meal and the drinks came to around £25 which I think is quite pricey for lunch for two but was worth every penny as not only was I full but I'd enjoyed the experience of being in a nice restaurant and felt like I'd eaten really good quality food. I've since been back to Nando's quite regularly and always have a chicken butterfly with the same sides as it is so nice. I had a change yesterday and tried one of the wraps. It was a really good size filled with chicken breast chunks, lettuce and a medium spicy sauce. It was really lovely but now I have to choose between the butterfly and the wraps on future visits which is a pain! I also tried a serving of haloumi cheese which I must say I wasn't impressed with. For about £2 I only got a little dish with two slices of grilled cheese in. Although it was quite nicely done, I've had it in a greek restaurant where it was much nicer and I know it's only £2 for a whole block so was a bit disappointed with how much I got for how much I paid. This is the only time I've ever been disappointed with something I've ordered from Nando's.
There is a large sink in the restaurant where you're able to wash your hands after your meal which I thought was really unusual and quite a nice touch. The restrooms are also very nice. In the Dudley restaurant, there's only two toilets which isn't great because the restaurant can get really busy. There's one sink which is large and quite posh with a large mirror behind it and the toilets are really clean and fresh which adds to a nicer experience when you go there. I've been to lots of nice places that have been let down by poor hygiene in the bathrooms but their quality reaches every area of the restaurant.
I've since been to the Nando's restaurant in Wolverhampton and in the Bullring and have found that all the restaurants offer the same quality and the food tastes and looks exactly the same wherever you go. They've done a really good job at maintaining great quality throughout their different branches.
If you're a regular at Nando's you can get a loyalty card which I think is a really good idea. Every time you spend £6 or more you get your card stamped or signed. Three stamps gets you a free 1/4 chicken, 6 stamps gets you a free 1/2 chicken and 10 stamps will get you a free whole chicken. I like this idea as it can save you quite a bit of money on your main but I wish it included the butterfly chicken and wraps as I don't really eat chicken off the bone. It's still a good idea to get people to keep going to the restaurant and get something back in return.
Overall, I really like Nando's. I love the food that they offer, the quality, the vibe of the restaurant and the fact that its an ideal place to go whatever the occasion. You can go there for lunch with a friend, to celebrate a birthday or occasion or for a romantic date and I think it would be suitable for all. It's not the cheapest place to eat but I think it is worth more than you pay as it's really great food. If you haven't already, give it a try!
Nando's seems to be one of those places that up until a couple of years ago I just had never tried nor had I been interested in trying. When I did try it though I loved it and it fast became one of my favourite places to eat! This review focuses on my visit to Nando's on Brentwood High Street in Essex.
**What is Nando's and what do they do?**
Nando's is basically a Portuguese style restaurant which offers mainly chicken but some vegetarian options as well along side their peri peri sauces to give it a bit of a kick.
Starters at Nando's aren't something I like to buy as I find a main meal fills me enough but you are able to get small items such as dips and pitta or a bowl of olives for around £3.50.
There are various options on the menu but a main course can set you back around £7 to £15 depending on what you order. You are able to have things such as chicken in a pitta, wrap or a burger or those that don't eat meat are able to have mushroom and halloumi, bean or veggie burgers. There are options to have just one side or two with your main meal as well as a platter which would feed a couple of people providing that you can all agree on how spicy you would like your chicken.
The desserts at Nando's cost around four pounds and are the standard items such as cheesecake or chocolate cake and cream. The portions are large should you have room after you have finished your main meal!
Children are catered for with a Nandino's menu and they can choose from a burger, chicken breast strips or wings as well as bean or veggie burgers and chips. They get a dessert of an ice lolly or frozen yoghurt for a reasonable £4.25.
**Nando's Brentwood High Street**
Nando's on Brentwood's High Street is easily to miss to be honest as it is just slotted in the road near to the Sugar Hut night club. The whole of Brentwood High Street did seem quite odd to us as a group anyway as there would be bars with a Halfords next door or something and it just didn't seem to be set out as we were expecting. The opening times of the restaurant are Sunday to Thursday 11.30 - 22.30 and then Friday and Saturday 11.30 - 23.00.
We did not have to wait for a table when we visited at lunch time on Easter Saturday and were shown quickly and efficiently to our table by a member of staff. The table was clean and none of the surrounding tables had any plates or food left over on them which is always nice to see! We were given menus and were able to take our time looking through to see what we would like. My sister and I have visited branches of Nando's regularly but my cousins had not and so they really wanted to take their time checking out the menu. What I like about Nando's is once you have made a decision about what you would like to eat and drink you simply go to the counter and tell the staff member your table number and pay for your food there and then. This eliminates the need to wait around for a bill when you have finished and is particularly useful if you are in a rush to get away.
I often order a single chicken breast in a burger when I visit Nando's but for a change I decided to order the peri peri chicken breast with two sides. I always have my chicken coated in a medium peri peri sauce which is still quite spicy I have to say. You can choose to have the chicken made hotter or not hot at all and that is obviously down to personal preference. I ordered chips and corn as my two sides as well as a bottomless drink and so the meal cost me £12.35 which is a reasonable price to pay for a meal which is going to totally fill me up!
I was given a clean glass with my receipt for my meal and made my way to the drinks machine to make myself a drink. The area where the drinks are was clean and I had no issues with there being no ice which is something that seems to happen in other branches of Nando's I have visited. Once I had got my drink I went to pick my cutlery and bottle of garlic peri peri sauce which I like to have on the side of my plate for dipping my chips in! The cutlery was plentiful and clean and this was nice to see as often in other Nando's the cutlery runs out quickly and is dirty when it is put back in to the pots.
We waited around ten minutes for our food to arrive and we were all served at the same time despite the fact that we had ordered separately so we were pleased about that. My double chicken breast was cooked nicely and was full of flavour which was enjoyable although I did leave quite a lot as it was just so big! My fries were cooked just right and were enjoyable but my corn was a tad more burnt than I like and so wasn't as enjoyable as normal. The corn on the cob from Nando's is one of my favourite things as it is just so sweet and tastes fresh but it wasn't as enjoyable on this occasion.
None of us decided to order pudding when we had finished our meal as we were all so full up. We did all visit the bathroom though before we left the restaurant. The bathroom was up some stairs and just had two toilets. The toilets were clean and toilet paper was available. There was a sink with a mirror above it which some of my party took advantage of and touched up their make up. Hand wash was available as well as a good quality hand dryer which really does dry your hands as opposed to one of those where you have to go looking for a paper towel as well!
I would certainly visit Nando's on Brentwood High Street again should I be in the area. The restaurant was clean and didn't feel like we were cramped in there and the staff were pleasant and helpful. The group as a whole really enjoyed their food and felt it offered good value for what we had eaten.
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Nando's is a behemoth in the restaurant galaxy and like a good friend, Nando's and I go back a long way. Down the years, it has been the destination of choice for most of my friends for birthdays, celebrations and emotional goodbyes. We have dabbled in such experimentations as Pizza Express and ASK Italian. However, we all end up in our special booth in a very special restaurant. Basically, Nando's is a chicken restaurant with Portugese/Mozambique origins. They are a global brand in over thirty countries and five continents and are continuously opening new restaurants. However, unlike other food chains eg McDonalds etc, they have personality, a sublime brand identity and most important of all, are a wonderful place to eat and share special moments.
This is why I go to Nando's. I will talk about the food a little later, but that (strangely enough) is secondary to the experience of the restaurant itself. Though I have visited many different outlets of the chain, most of my experience is based around my 'local' in Southend in Essex. Each building is different but my Nando's is set in a stylish wooden building with leafy plant decorations and stands in strong contrast with the other restaurants all around it with their basic shop front styles. You tend to have to queue because the place is bustling with people. But that just ramps up the anticipation as you get closer. Unfortunately you cannot book ahead for a reservation, you can do so on the day if you want a guaranteed table. You are greeted by a friendly member of staff who asks you if you have been to a Nando's before and of course we always share a wry smile and say yes. We often ask for our regular booth as we are a bit of a permanent fixture. Normally, they are able to accommodate our same-day bookings and so we tend to be happy.
The real charm of Nando's comes through when you walk through the restaurant. The interior design of their restaurants is sublime with each having an individual character. Whilst mine is a dark wood theme, others such as in the Westfield shopping centre in London are stylish glass interiors. Whilst I will discuss the food in a short while, the way you order food is a little more controversial. Rather than the traditional format of being asked at the table, you take your order up to a front desk where they process it for you. You then have to help yourself to cutlery, napkins, drinks and condiments. Some may say that this is lazy and does not justify the cost of the dining experience. Nonetheless, I say that this is a part of the Nando's experience. When you have picked your food, you tend to go up as a group and order, bond as you do and are not rushed by a waiter with that awkward moment when everyone has decided what they want to eat and you have no idea. I am the sort of person that muses on the menu for ages and change my mind constantly, so that is the nightmare situation. In terms of money, because of the self-service, a tip is not foisted on you which is fair enough, it is simply an option for a discrete bowl on the counter's side. Particularly nice are the personal touches that come with the brand. On the board behind the cooking area, there are always quips and light hearted jokes for you to enjoy whilst you wait. To be honest, you will notice that particularly at certain times, it is a largely youth-oriented restaurant, but this is an unfair generalization. People of all ages and especially families can feel comfortable eating with the Nando's experience, as long as they like the food that is.
However, one of the things I adore most about Nando's is their generous rewards system. You get a card and a stamp for every visit where you spend over £6. Then after three visits, you can get a free quarter chicken, then half chicken and then a whole chicken. I have had more free chicken than I can eat in the past. I think it is time now to talk about...
This is why you came to Nando's after all really. However personal and youthful the branding and experience is, it is a place where people come to socialise over food. They have a standardised menu with only small and usually international variations. The main specialism is Peri-Peri Chicken, the name of their signature chilli, which is pretty much ubiquitous in most of the dishes. First of all you may want to order a starter, I do not tend to but such is the wealth of my Nando's experience (or lack of wealth by the time I am finished) that I have tried most of them. Appeteasers as they are cutely named can be bought separately but are often offered at a discounted price by the person taking your order. The hommous is nice, though fairly standard with pitta, elevated though by a divine Peri-Peri drizzle. As you can see, it is quite important that you can enjoy chilli. However, my best friend likes neither chilli nor chicken and yet somehow Nando's is still his favourite restaurant! You can also buy alternatives like a red pepper dip and olives but I would suggest simply going to your main course, which is where the heart of Nando's truly lies.
The classic dish that I would recommend to beginners in this particular form of cuisine is the exotic sounding quarter or half chicken. I would recommend getting it with two sides such as chips, garlic bread (which is especially sublime), rice or corn on the cob. You can pay a little extra if you like and get a posher side such as ratatouille or flavoured 'Macho' peas. Alternatively, burgers, pittas, wraps and salads are also available for you to fill with chicken. If you are considering ordering the steak roll, please leave Nando's immediately. Of course, if you are vegetarian there is a whole range of other dishes and I have been surprised how good their meatless selection actually is from bean burgers to vegetarian salads to mushroom and halloumi pitta.
Above all, though, the key to your main course is the spice of the chicken. You can choose from a sliding scale of Plain, Lemon and Herb, Mango and Lime, Medium, Hot and Extra Hot. I would not go for plain personally as the other two varieties are mild but have a lot of flavour to them. However, my spice of choice tends to be medium, it is the perfect 'medium' between a small kick and a shove off a cliff in terms of chilli. You specify these things and can then go and pick up sauces and condiments. They are kept in their own little enclave which is nice, but sometimes leads to minor fights over bottles. I tend to grab about four different flavours, all Nando's varieties and leave behind the ketchup and salad dressings. It is also great that you can recreate your Nando's food experience at home since they sell lots of their sauces, rubs and marinades in most supermarkets.
If you are eating such spicy food, though, the drinks become an issue. When I am feeling particularly generous to myself I get the bottomless glass where you can refill with as much coke, diet coke, fanta and sprite as you like. Other times I get a glass just for water and ice which they are less grudging to give you than lots of other restaurants and do not add a service charge for all the effort of turning on a tap. Now. There are many school of thoughts on Nando's. I have never done it but there are those out there that believe it is morally okay to get the free water glass and then discretely fill it with other drinks from the refill stations. I will leave that up to your morals. Choose well. If you still need to satisfy your chilli tastebuds with a dessert, you can also get unlimited frozen yoghurt for a one off cost and they have other desserts available as well. Once you are done, the service tends to be swift but it is a place where many people stay after they have eaten to hang out until they feel guilty enough looking at the queue. Our record is two hours. All in all, this is one of my favourite places on the planet. If you have never been, go. Eat. Enjoy. I would write more,except I actually have to leave to go for a meal out for my friends. Can you guess where we are going?
Nando's is one of my favourite places to eat out. I've been to quite a few branches across the country, but mostly ones in central London and in Bluewater shopping centre.
Nando's is not your typical fast food restaurant, but neither is it a fancy restaurant. It is somewhere firmly in the middle. You will often have to wait for a table and once seated you must order your food at the bar, then get your own soft drinks, cutlery, sauce and napkins. The staff in my experience have always been really friendly even though the restaurants are always really fast paced and although you are meant to get collect everything yourself if you ask them to get something for you, they are happy to help you out. Turnover is fast and you may feel a bit rushed as there are usually people waiting for your table, but I have never felt so rushed that it was unpleasant.
The food is fantastic. I am a vegetarian and there are 3 different burger equivalents I can have, each served in a wrap, pitta or burger. It's unusual for a chicken restaurant to do so much for vegetarians. Each main comes with a range of sides and the option to have it cooked in different levels of spiciness. As far as the non-vegetarian food goes, I've heard it's also really good. You can have chicken on the bone or butterfly chicken breast in a burger. One impression I am under, however, is that the chicken is a bit overpriced. As well as the mains there is a variety of starters which come out really quickly, but the mains might come out before you are finished as they are not technically 'starters'. One of my highlights is the frozen yoghurt which is fat free and bottomless - and delicious! Speaking of bottomless, fizzy drinks are free refills which is always a bonus, especially if you're having spicy chicken!
They offer a loyalty card which gives you a stamp for every visit, and then after various amounts of visits you can claim a free ¼ chicken, ½ chicken and whole chicken. As a vegetarian they also offer alternative rewards for your loyalty stamps which is nice. My mother works for the police and with her identity card she receives a discount - this also applies to NHS workers, fire-fighters and members of the forces.
Overall I really enjoy my trips to Nando's. It's not pretending to be fancy, but it is fun, relaxed and delicious. The loyalty card keeps you going back and rewards you for your custom which is a nice touch! I also like the consistency of the branches - I feel that I could step into any Nando's in the country and be confident I would enjoy it as much as any other. They also do a takeaway (no delivery) which I have used once - it was the same delicious food, but once home it was a bit cold and not as good as in store.
I have only ever been to Nando's twice. The first time I absolutely hated it and vowed to never go again. However, I was convinced by friends to return. Yet again, I was disappointed.
Their is no option for plain chicken. You can either have peri chicken, lemon chicken or whatever other chicken they can think of. Either way, they are always really spicy even if you ask for the coolest flavour you could have. When I ordered chips they came with some sort of dust on them (I was later told this was peri peri) which I did not ask for. There is no real way of getting what you want. There are so many different options that you get completely confused and end up getting any old thing, unless you're some sort of pro.
The service of the waiters/waitresses is diabolical. They hover around you whilst you are eating however once you've finished it's like they vanish into thin air
One thing which really annoyed me is you have to get your own drink, your own knife and fork and serviette. For the amount you pay to eat there I would expect that to be already provided.
Went to the toilets which absolutely reeked, there was no evidence of cleaning
This place is ideal for people who absolutely adore chicken however if you are like a me, a very fussy eater, Nando's is probably the worst place you could go.
I would not recommend to anyone who is looking for a good meal at good prices