Nando’s has been in Ontario for quite some time now, but recently I dined there for the first time. I heard good things about the place, especially from the British YouTubers I frequently watch, so why not try it out?
If you’ve never been before, the style of ordering is different than your normal dine-in restaurant. Once seated, given the menu, you then go up to the register to place your order and pay. It’s kind of like a fast-food restaurant but with the atmosphere of a dine-in restaurant.
For my visit, I was with two others and we ordered the Full Pack Share Platter for $34.95. It comes with the following:
- Whole chicken
- 2 Nando’s size sides
- 3 Portuguese buns or garlic bread
For our sides, we asked for the Peri-Peri fries, and an extra side order of Peri-Peri wedges.
Our meal started off with the Portuguese buns (below). To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what makes them Portuguese. The shape of the buns were interesting and quite large. The outside of the bun was a bit hard, but the inside dough was soft and fluffy, making it delicious with a spread of butter.
When the chicken came, it was the whole chicken cut up into three large pieces, with a little flag pierced through one piece. The flag indicates the level of spiciness – we got Medium.
Stated on their website and menu, Nando’s marinates their chicken for 24 hours! After the chicken has been marinated, it is then flame-grilled and basted with the flavour of our choice (which would be the medium spice).
The first bite I had, the meat was tender, juicy, and full of flavour. If I were to compare it to a place known for chicken, I’d say it’s tastier than Swiss Chalet. I know Swiss Chalet’s chicken are roasted, but I tend to find the meat a bit dry, which is why I always douse my entire chicken with the Chalet sauce. But with Nando’s, you don’t need much additional sauce to it. The chicken itself has flavour. If you do want more flavour, you can ask for bottles of their sauces- Garlic, Medium. Hot, and Extra Hot.
For the sides (fries and wedges), I’m assuming the “Peri-Peri” is the spice that’s sprinkled all over. I’m not sure what the spices are that the use, but it was a bit salty. To be honest, their fries and wedges weren’t that great. I found them a bit dry, but the spice added on was tasty.
Before we left, we ordered a box full of Portuguese tarts – or as Nando’s calls them Pasteis de Natas. If you’ve never had one before, you are missing out! The tarts are filled with an egg custard that’s sweet, but not too sweet. And the outside is a nice crispy, flaky, crust. It was the best way to end the meal.
Overall, the place was enjoyable. The chicken tasted great, but I was too impressed with the sides. However, the Portuguese tarts made up for all the disappointments 🙂
Would I go back? Maybe. It may not be my first choice for a chicken place (I do prefer Popeye’s Chicken more), but I wouldn’t count it out either.
If you’ve been, let me know what you got and what your experience was like.
Until next eat!