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Nando's - Any Good? What's The Deal?  
User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3111 times:

Supposedly Nando's have opened up at the other end of Bombay recently. And now, I've been instructed by the other half that I'm supposed to drive around 80 km tomorrow so he can eat there.

So, what's the deal with Nando's? Are they any good? Are they worth a 2-hour drive (in each direction)?

I don't even like chicken and now I'm stuck doing this!

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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

Quoting Jasepl (Thread starter):
I don't even like chicken

Then Nandos probably isn't for you as the vast majority of their dishes consists of chicken. Their spicy Peri Peri chips are nice though  Smile



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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3106 times:

Pardon my ignorance (please!) but, WTF are NANDOS?

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3098 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 2):
Pardon my ignorance (please!) but, WTF are NANDOS?

A Portuguese (well actually South African - but made to look Portuguese) restaurant chain. their main speciality is Chicken dishes with various levels of spice - in particula Peri Peri spices which i think are from somewhere like Mozambique originally.

There are quite a few in the UK these days - we have one in the town where i live. Go to South Africa and they are everywhere, including at the airports.



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User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3098 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 1):
Are they worth a 2-hour drive (in each direction)?

nope


User currently offlineSunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1759 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3098 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 2):
Pardon my ignorance (please!) but, WTF are NANDOS?

I forgot IOM is a land of no civilisation  Silly

www.nandos.co.uk



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User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 2):
Pardon my ignorance (please!) but, WTF are NANDOS?

The thingies that dangle betwixt your legs, I believe. I'm not all that current on the vernacular kids are using these days.


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

Wow those places are everywhere.

I went to a Nando's in Perth just last week and didn't realise how popular they are.



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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3087 times:

Quoting Sunshine79 (Reply 5):
I forgot IOM is a land of no civilisation

Not quite right. The IOM is just a tad behind the rest of the world. But we do have a state-of-the-art money laundering banking system and a fully functional corrupt government Big grin

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 2):
Pardon my ignorance (please!) but, WTF are NANDOS?

Exactly! What Nando's was first mentioned, I thought "WTF is that?" Then I was told it's a Portuguese-South African chain that does fried chicken or something.

Quoting Cornish (Reply 1):
Then Nandos probably isn't for you as the vast majority of their dishes consists of chicken.

I thought as much. Do they have anything other than chicken? Is it any good?

Most importantly - even though I don't really have a choice - is it worth anyone driving 40 km in each direction in horrendous traffic?

Quoting Cornish (Reply 1):
Their spicy Peri Peri chips are nice though

Oh good! I've had peri peri flavoured chips before (though not from Nando's). I like!


User currently offlineIsuA380B777 From New Zealand, joined May 2005, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

Quoting BNE (Reply 7):
Wow those places are everywhere.

Yeah mate, They are infested now. Every single mall in Auckland has a Nandos. Very expensive meals, when comparing to BK, KFC or Macdonelds. But due to the unique taste, people go to eat at Nandos


User currently offlineSunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1759 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 8):
But we do have a state-of-the-art money laundering banking system

Yeah, I know a few people to went to work in our IOM offshore banking department a few years ago.



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User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3072 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 4):
nope

Thank you. Now would you please tell him that!

It's such a long drive from where I live, I;m afraid they're going to ask for my passport on the way!  Wink


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12466 posts, RR: 46
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3068 times:
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Quoting IAH777 (Reply 6):
The thingies that dangle betwixt your legs, I believe. I'm not all that current on the vernacular kids are using these days.

I think those would be nads!

Nandos is pretty good - certainly a couple of steps up the food ladder above McDs and KFC!

The chicken is grilled not fried and is generally pretty good.

Yes they are expanding - there's even a Nandos in Doha now! In fact the most popular dish there is not available in the UK. It's a hanging chicken kebab that's been grilled on the skewer, served with rice and salad. Very tasty.  

[edited to add]

While it's pretty good, I don't think I'd ever drive 2 hours just to eat there.

[Edited 2006-01-13 13:19:33]


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User currently offlineSK A340 From Sweden, joined Mar 2000, 845 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3064 times:

The best is to by their peri-peri sauce and barbecue (braai  Smile) your own chicken.

/Micke


User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Mmmmmm Nandos, love their spicy chicken went to my local one last night though I don't think it's woth a 40km drive though.


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User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3052 times:

I enjoyed my two visits to Nando's in Doha.

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3050 times:

Mmmmmmmm Nando's - lemon 'n herb, my fave ! Very popular in SA, now seems to be a global thing, good on 'em. The international versions can't quite get the chips right though, they need to be good old South African slap chips, thick cut and a bit soggy. Mmmmm.

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 9):
Then I was told it's a Portuguese-South African chain that does fried chicken or something.

Not fried - flame-grilled, very important distinction. And very yummy.


User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3043 times:

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 17):
Not fried - flame-grilled, very important distinction. And very yummy.

Dammit! Grilled is good... But fried is even better! Only problem is that it's chicken - which I don't much care for.

Now that our other resident gourmand is here, tell me, would you spend 4-5 hours driving around 80 km for Nandos?


User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3035 times:

I wouldn't drive that far. 20 clicks yes, 80 no.

User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3034 times:

Can you get them to deliver ? Then they can do the driving  Wink


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User currently offlineLY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2248 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

They opened in Israel about 8 years ago (not sure - but definitely about that time) and been quite successful. Personally I like them , not to mention the fact that they offer the healthiest fast food in the market.


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User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3030 times:

Quoting Cornish (Reply 20):
Can you get them to deliver ? Then they can do the driving

Hmmm... Worth a try.

Even McDo, Subway and Barista (coffee chain) deliver in Bombay, so I don't see why Nando's shouldn't. The distance might be a problem though.


User currently offlineCraigW From South Africa, joined Aug 2005, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

As we say in South Africa "very lekker!" (nice, good etc) and there are some healthy options.One of our local airlines 1Time DC9's is painted in Nandos colour scheme. Check out their website www.nandos.co.za. Open a franchise in your own town !

craig


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2997 times:

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 18):
Now that our other resident gourmand is here, tell me, would you spend 4-5 hours driving around 80 km for Nandos?

4 or 5 hours to go 80km ? Has the ox got bunions ? Blimey...

I might drive 40 km for Nando's, but not 80.


25 CV990A : Yes- Nando's is very good- I didn't realize they were outside South Africa though- wonder if they can open a franchise here in the DC area???
26 LooneyToon : mmmm Nandos! It is sooo good! Peri-Peri spice is originally from Mozambique.
27 BristolFlyer : I think they try to aim at being a restaurant with fast food prices. Hence you do a lot of the legwork yourself - ordering at the till, picking up you
28 SA7700 : Definitely not - in South Africa anyway. All our Nandos branches have a sit-down service with waiters/waitresses available to serve you. If you wish
29 Post contains images Kiwiandrew : Oh how I miss Nandos - I wish they would open up here in Belgium - but there is very little demand for healthy (-ish) food here - if it is not fried i
30 Post contains images Jasepl : Oi! We may be Third World, but we aren't so backward. We use bullocks, not oxen.   And it would take that long to get there. People claim the suburb
31 Jasepl : Yummmmmmmm... Sounds dee-lish!
32 ZKSUJ : Their chicken is very tender and juicy, however it is a bit pricey for that kind of food.
33 Post contains images Kiwiandrew : ... and worth every cent of the difference when compared to the crappy KFC / McD etc etc etc
34 Post contains images Mandala499 : The combination of the chicken and the peri-peri is good... But, we got our local variety of peri-peri... similar in taste, and Nando has an image cam
35 N1120A : Andy, they are all over the F'ing UK, I am shocked you haven't seen one. Anyway, when I lived in the UK, Nando's was like a sanctuary for me as it re
36 Amhilde : I always passed one in the O2 center on Finchley Rd going to the Sainsburys and always figured it was overpriced. (ahh the O2- how late 90s). Then I s
37 Post contains images Andz : I knew about the UK and Australia franchises but I didn't realise they had expanded this much, good on them! There are 2 outlets within 5 min of my ho
38 N1120A : I just wish they would come to the US. They do sell their sauces here, but no restaurants
39 Post contains images Kiwiandrew : same with Belgium , you can buy the sauce but not the chicken
40 Pyrex : Actually there are none in Portugal... must be like Pizza Hut in Italy. Not true. It is called Piri-Piri (I don't know why the chain decided to call
41 Nimish : It's great food. But there's barely any food that's worth spending 2 hours in traffic for. The Nando's in the UK is normally the place I want to head
42 Post contains images Jasepl : So, here's the verdict. We went to effing Nandos. Took 1h45 to get there and 2h30 to return home. Supposedly, it was very good. But I ate 3 ice creams
43 Post contains images Cornish : so we can mark you down in the "Not a Fan" column then can we?
44 Post contains images Jasepl : He he! Yes, definitely. I like peri peri - just not a fan of chicken. And to have to go all that distance to not eat something I don't like is Oh the
45 Post contains images Nimish : Wow - you must be kidding me! Strange - if true
46 Post contains images Cornish : As someone who doesn't like chicken - Nandos was always going to be a bit of a non-starter for you to be honest
47 Post contains images Jasepl : Hahhah! Are you're beginning to find out, I am a freak! (but my freakishness does not extend to Pe@rsonesque proportions) I agree - wasn't left with
48 Nimish : The more I read this thread - the more I'm dying for my next Nando's chicken (extra-hot). Is there a Nando's in the bay area (SFO)?
49 JoKeR : Tried Nando's in London few years back and loved it! Best fast food by far!
50 Jasepl : Nope - sorry. Like Reza said, no Nando's in America. Or Bangalore, for that matter.
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