Nando’s is a worldwide Portuguese flamed grilled chicken restaurant chain founded in South Africa. Their chicken is seasoned and marinaded in a peri-peri sauce. It’s Portuguese in origin and made from crushed chilies, citrus peel, onion, pepper, salt, lemon juice, bay leaves, paprika, pimiento, basil, oregano, and tarragon. While recipes can vary from region to region the common ingredients are chili, lemon, oil and red bell peppers.
My coworker Stacey told me about Nando’s so we decided to stop at the Baker Street location. The restaurant is a casual counter service place, with seating upstairs and downstairs. The staff seats you first, then you review your menu. Once you have decided on your order, you place your order at the cashier and give them your table number. It’s important to remember your table number. Then on the side counter, you can pick up your utensils, extra sauces, and fill up your soft drink.
Stephen and I shared the Full Platter for 2, which was a full chicken (2 halves) and 4 sides for £19.95. We asked for the lemon & herb and also the mango & lime chicken, plus selected the fries (with a side of peri salt), the mint peas, garlic bread and a dish called “super grains” which consists of grains, greens and beans with an avocado & buttermilk dressing as our 4 sides.
Bellies full, but peri-peri sauce on the tongue, we needed something sweet. For £2.95 there’s an AYCE (all you can eat) frozen yogurt machine, and the flavor of the day was chocolate. It was the perfect ending to a tasty, inexpensive meal.