I might just get offended if you haven’t heard of Nandos so let’s just pretend that all of you are familiar with my favorite restaurant, ok? Well, on the off-chance that you are not as familiar as others, allow me to enlighten you. It’s mostly Portuguese flame-grilled chicken as well as some vegetarian dishes. Apparently, Nandos is named after Fernando, who was a chicken that saved a pilgrim’s life in the fourteenth century in Portugal. Maybe I should start a fact of the day on the Blog as well?
On arrival, you are directed towards a table, given a menu and flashed a Portuguese smile. There is a “Spicometer” available at the counter, which will help you decide how spicy you want your chicken. I would highly recommend you to go all the way – Extra Hot. The Perri-Perri spicy Mayonnaise is phenomenal so you must order some of that as well to go with your Perri-Perri french fries (mouth-watering-fries).
There is a variety of options at Nandos so you may want to take your time deciding between some tasty, moist chicken with crispy skin, fillet burgers, chicken in pita, mushroom & cheese pita, couscous salad, rich & creamy sweet mashed potatoes or one of the “platters”, which is a meal deal for groups of people. You’ll end up with a lot of food on the table but it’s quite affordable considering the hot and happening environment and drinks with free refills. I promise that you will feel right at home and there are several signs in the restaurant asking you to do so: “Treat Nandos like your home”. I take these signs very seriously by obediently taking off my shoes, rolling up my sleeves, and shove my entire hand (till elbow) into my plate!
Everything is cooked fresh right in front of you and the quality is amazing. For those who are health conscious and have found their new love for jogging recently (woah), you can tailor the salad to your taste (with little or no dressing!) as well.
Writing about my favorite restaurant has satisfied my appetite for the time being …! Who would have thought this Blog was going to end up assisting me in my new healthy lifestyle?
If you ever make a Nandos plan … count me in!