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Nando's - Any Good? What's The Deal?

Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:55 pm

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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Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:57 pm

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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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:00 pm

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

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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:03 pm

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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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:03 pm

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

nope
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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:03 pm

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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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:04 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:05 pm

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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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:07 pm

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

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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:08 pm

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!
 
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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:09 pm

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
 
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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:10 pm

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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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:14 pm

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
 
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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:16 pm

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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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:19 pm

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

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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:41 pm

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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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:47 pm

I enjoyed my two visits to Nando's in Doha.
 
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Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:49 pm

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.
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Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:08 pm

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?
 
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Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:12 pm

I wouldn't drive that far. 20 clicks yes, 80 no.
 
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Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:13 pm

Can you get them to deliver ? Then they can do the driving  Wink
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Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:14 pm

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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Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:16 pm

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.
 
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Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:27 pm

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 !

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Sat Jan 14, 2006 1:40 am

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.
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Sat Jan 14, 2006 1:47 am

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???
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Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:00 am

mmmm Nandos! It is sooo good!

Peri-Peri spice is originally from Mozambique.
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Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:10 am

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 your own cutlery/crockery etc.

Not a bad place.

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Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:24 am

Quoting BristolFlyer (Reply 27):
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 your own cutlery/crockery etc.

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 to get a take-away, you may do so. Selected branches also offer a drive-through option.

As have been said, Nandos chicken is much healthier (flame-grilled) than KFC's or McD's. IMO they are also much cheaper than KFC, which has fallen of the price-and health bandwagon a long time ago.


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Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:27 am

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 in butter smothered in a cream sauce and topped with a kilo of salt the Belgians dont want it  Wink
 
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Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:48 am

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 24):
4 or 5 hours to go 80km ? Has the ox got bunions ? Blimey...

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 where it's located is in the city - they can have their fantasies. At least it's on the island. It would still take around two hours to get there from where I live (southern tip) to Malad (northern end).

[Edited 2006-01-13 18:54:31]
 
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Sat Jan 14, 2006 2:55 am

Quoting Kiwiandrew (Reply 29):
fried in butter smothered in a cream sauce and topped with a kilo of salt

Yummmmmmmm... Sounds dee-lish!
 
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Sat Jan 14, 2006 8:32 pm

Their chicken is very tender and juicy, however it is a bit pricey for that kind of food.
 
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Sat Jan 14, 2006 8:38 pm

Quoting ZKSUJ (Reply 32):
Their chicken is very tender and juicy, however it is a bit pricey for that kind of food.

... and worth every cent of the difference when compared to the crappy KFC / McD etc etc etc  thumbsup 
 
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Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:21 pm

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 campaign to overcome here... Some cynically sees them as a "rebranded local chilli chicken"... Which, unless have researched the history of Nando's, I could have sworn it was true!  Smile

80km drive for Nandos? NO WAY!
40km drive for Nandos? NO WAY!
20km drive for Nandos? MAYBE...
*Why maybe? Hey I live in the 3rd world and I got the country's biggest nando's 300m from my office!... LOL

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Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:41 pm

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

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 reminds me of the fresh grilled, spicy style of Southern California. The food is actually really good and combines influences. It is also one of the few places in the UK that give free refills.
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Sun Jan 15, 2006 4:40 pm

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 saw they opened one in LEWISHAM of all places and figured it wasnt that hoity-toity. Maybe ill give it a go this summer- always been curious exactly what it was. Figured it was just a few slabs of chicken with sides sort of a joint.
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Sun Jan 15, 2006 4:53 pm

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 house, so for me it is easy!

I was in the one in Milton Keynes a couple of years ago and they had South African cider for sale too. The cashier had a sense of humour failure when I gave her SA money though, humourless cow  Smile
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Sun Jan 15, 2006 5:07 pm

Quoting Andz (Reply 37):
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 house, so for me it is easy!

I just wish they would come to the US. They do sell their sauces here, but no restaurants
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Sun Jan 15, 2006 7:08 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 38):
I just wish they would come to the US. They do sell their sauces here, but no restaurants

same with Belgium , you can buy the sauce but not the chicken  Sad
 
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Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:00 pm

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 17):
now seems to be a global thing

Actually there are none in Portugal... must be like Pizza Hut in Italy.

Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 26):
Peri-Peri spice is originally from Mozambique.

Not true. It is called Piri-Piri (I don't know why the chain decided to call it Peri-Peri) and it is originally from Portugal (though I don't doubt it was brought from Moçambique to South Africa).
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Mon Jan 16, 2006 5:04 pm

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 9):
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?

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 to for some tasty/spicy food (it helps that I like chicken). Luckily there's one just outside the Ealing Common tube stop that's a 10 minute walk from home (or what was my second home in 2005).
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Mon Jan 16, 2006 7:26 pm

So, here's the verdict.

We went to effing Nandos. Took 1h45 to get there and 2h30 to return home.  crazy 

Supposedly, it was very good. But I ate 3 ice creams from another shop, so I wouldn't know.

And since I can get the same ice cream down the road, I've decided it wasn't worth the torture of getting there and back.

Also, we've now struck a deal. The next time he wants Nandos, he can go himself.  Smile
 
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Mon Jan 16, 2006 7:34 pm

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 42):
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 from another shop, so I wouldn't know.

And since I can get the same ice cream down the road, I've decided it wasn't worth the torture of getting there and back.

Also, we've now struck a deal. The next time he wants Nandos, he can go himself.

so we can mark you down in the "Not a Fan" column then can we?  Wink
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Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:03 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 43):
so we can mark you down in the "Not a Fan" column then can we?

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  crazy 

Quoting Nimish (Reply 41):
But there's barely any food that's worth spending 2 hours in traffic for

Oh there is! Even if it took 6 hours, I would drive to Juhu Beach to eat gola!
 
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Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:12 pm

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 44):
Oh there is! Even if it took 6 hours, I would drive to Juhu Beach to eat gola!

Wow - you must be kidding me! Strange - if true  Smile
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Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:30 pm

Quoting Jasepl (Reply 44):
I like peri peri - just not a fan of chicken

As someone who doesn't like chicken - Nandos was always going to be a bit of a non-starter for you to be honest  Wink
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Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:47 pm

Quoting Nimish (Reply 45):
Wow - you must be kidding me! Strange - if true

Hahhah! Are you're beginning to find out, I am a freak! (but my freakishness does not extend to Pe@rsonesque proportions)  Wink

Quoting Cornish (Reply 46):
As someone who doesn't like chicken - Nandos was always going to be a bit of a non-starter for you to be honest

I agree - wasn't left with much of a choice, was I.

Do they do cows in peri peri? That may be worth trying out!

[Edited 2006-01-16 12:50:20]
 
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Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:41 pm

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)?
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Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:10 am

Tried Nando's in London few years back and loved it!

Best fast food by far!
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