The Great Debate: Where is Nando’s best?

Everyone knows Nando’s… right? Maybe not? You will soon! The chain has become a beacon in the casual dining industry. You can find Nando’s internationally, with more than 1,000 locations worldwide. The UK boasts over 300 locations and the US is growing and now has 18 (most of which are in the DC-MD-VA area, hooray!). What’s all the hype about? And where is it best?

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Nando’s | Middlesex Street, London

Nando’s lovers’ allegiance to the Peri Peri (PIR-ree-PIR-ree) chicken runs deep. I was first introduced to Nando’s in the DC area where my best friend lives. It’s our happy spot, our mini life celebrating spot, our pick-me-up spot. Another one of my good friends had her graduation party at a location in the UK. My brother’s first stop off the train to DC from anywhere… is Nando’s.

Nando’s Basics:

  • You enter the restaurant and are shown to a table and given a table number.
  • You decide what you’d like, then make your way up to the counter to order. They’ll ask for your table number. Don’t forget to tell them how spicy!
  • Peri Peri (African Bird’s Eye Chili) sauces galore and silverware are located for you to pick up yourself.
  • Your food is dropped off at your table.
  • Soak up all of the flavors of the vibrant atmosphere!

Old Faithful for me in the US is as follows: 2- 1/4 legs & thighs (Lemon & Herb), mashed potatoes and garlic bread.

I ventured out on a limb in the UK and had a “special guest” addition to the UK menu: Fillet Steak Prego Roll (Lemon & Herb), with a mixed leaf side salad.

Nando's Peri Peri sauce

My Favorite Peri Peri Sauce | Wild Herb

I’m currently in London. Who could resist eating Nando’s outside of their native country? Not me–market research! Here are some Nando’s ponderings from my first Nando’s UK experience:

Atmosphere: as expected!

The atmosphere was just as I expected–lively, with great music, art and unique interior design. No two Nando’s are alike!

US or UK? Draw.

Menu: varied from US.

The menu had some variations. The US menu can be found here and the UK menu can be found here. I liked the variations on the menu in the UK, for my taste. For example, you can order 4 drumsticks, 4 thighs, or wing roulette (10 randomly spiced wings). All in all, there are many more options in the UK and they sound delightful! 

US or UK? UK.

Meal: excellent!

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Fillet Steak Prego Roll | Nando’s Spitafields

The meal was amazing. To be fair, my metrics are off because I haven’t had the steak sandwich at my local Nando’s. To be more accurate, I should go back to the Nando’s here and have something as close to old faithful as possible… and then head back across the pond and eat a steak sandwich at my local Nando’s. Challenge accepted! I’ll update the post afterwards.

One thing I did notice was the bread. The Portuguese roll in the UK was more authentic in style than the US.

US or UK? Inconclusive.

Customer Service: excellent!

The customer service was exactly as I expected. Everyone was polite, attentive and quite cheerful. I wonder if you have to take a personality test to be in the employ of the Peri Peri masters?

US or UK? Draw.

 

Between our private chefs and Nando’s, you’re guaranteed delicious culinary experiences wherever you happen to be!

Have you had Nando’s? In which countries have you had the pleasure of eating the delicious Peri Peri chicken? Share your experiences with us in the comments section below!