Nando’s landed in Bangalore in 2010 and it didn’t take long for people to fall in love with the addictive taste of flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken, within 2 years another Nando’s outlet was set up in Whitefield. Nando’s is a world famous South African chain of casual dining restaurants with Portuguese/Mozambican theme serving only grilled chicken with different Peri-ometer (Lemon & Herb, Mild, Hot and Extra Hot). What is Peri Peri? PERi-PERi is an African Bird’s Eye Chilli, at Nando’s they loved thespice so much that it became part of brand identity.
As per the Nando’s ideology all the Nando’s Chicken are marinated for 24 hours in the secret sauces (these secret sauces travel all the way from South Africa to each outlet) until the flavor goes right through to the bone, Chicken is then flame-grilled and basted in your choice of Nando’s Peri Peri Sauce. The core offering at the restaurant is the delicious ‘flame grilled PERi-PERi chicken’, followed by a further selection of salads, appetizers, burgers and wraps. But serving Chicken does not mean there is no room for Vegetarian delights; Nando’s offers great choices for vegetarians, which includes salads, burgers, grilled paneer and wraps to choose from.
Appetizers or Appeteasers what they call at Nando’s were a platter of Peri Peri Hummus and Pita, Spicy Mixed Olives and Chicken Livers with Portuguese Roll, Hummus and Pita were well made and pickled olives are always my favorite I just love to nibble them. From the designer drinks menu we ordered Poncha Zurra (A traditional drink infused with pomegranate syrup, cinnamon and ginger with slices of orange and apple), Citra (Citra syrup mixed with Sprite and generous helping of ice cubes), Citrus Bliss (Mojito mint syrup, grapefruit juice and Sprite coupled with ice cubes and fresh mint leaves) and Madeira Red (A sweet, fizzy, pomegranate lemonade made with Sprite and finished with a delicious sugary rim) all these mocktails are served in tall very tall glasses and each has a very distinctive refreshing flavor.
Then came an array of platters full of Chicken and more Chicken in different Peri – meters, Nando’s Signature Peri Peri Chicken, Chicken Wings along with Portuguese Salad with Chicken (Fresh tomato, Nando’s PERi-olives, mixed peppers, cucumber and onion on a bed of crisp lettuce). My vegetarian co-diners had Peri Peri Paneer Kebabs (2 paneer and veg kebabs, basted in your choice of flavour and flame grilled), Roasted Veg and Paneer Meal (Seasonal veg, tender marinated paneer grilled and basted in your choice of flavour) and Mediterranean Salad (A mix of lettuce, peppers, Nando’s PERi-olives, cucumber, onion and tomato, all topped with feta cheese).
But the showstopper of the evening was the Chicken Breast Meal, a new addition to the Nando’s menu. The Butterfly Chicken Breast is a unique A-grade; trimmed off excess fat, 24 hours marinated, flame-grilled chicken served with your choice of PERi-PERi flavors. The Portion of chicken is butterflied and off the bone. This distinctive flame grilled double breasted delight is served with Crispy Wedges, Fresh side salad and a Refreshing Designer Drink, the Chicken breast was extremely tender, juicy and flavorful.
All the meals at Nando’s are served with interesting sides – Potato Fries, Spicy Rice, Coleslaw, Corn-on-the-Cob, Three Bean Salad and Crispy Skin-On Potato Wedges, all the sides are extremely well done and it is so hard not to fill yourself with these. I always look forward to my desserts by the end of the meal but at Nando’s dessert failed to impress me we had Creamy Cheesecake (Dense baked cheesecake with real cream cheese and crunchy biscuit crumbs) and Choco Cake(Chocolate cake with layers of homemade buttercream).
But Nando’s is truly your place if you are in a mood to have tons of chicken with minimal calorie indulgence and bombing flavors.