It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and hubs and I had a quiet, chilled out night away, which after all the busy-ness recently in our lives, was a welcome thing! I had a big party for my 35th birthday last year, so there was no party this year…we went out for a meal, in the town centre of the hotel we were staying at – nothing fancy “just” Nandos. For those that don’t know, Nando’s is a Portuguese restaurant that specialises in PERi-PERi chicken. I can’t say it’s cheap and cheerful as I think it is quite pricey for what you get – especially when you do everything yourself! But the food is always good, and you can’t complain about that can you? In general, we always find them to be busy – which is always a good sign!
This is how it works in a Nando’s…you are shown to your (numbered) table, you go to the counter to order and pay for your food and drinks – you help yourself to fountain drinks, cutlery, plates (if you’re sharing a platter), napkins and sauces. Your food is then brought to you – usually very quickly…sometimes a little too quickly, but I’ll get to that in a bit. You can go back and order more/desserts if you wish or you can ask a member of waiting staff who will order for you and you pay them directly. And it’s for that reason that I (we both) think that the food is a little overpriced…but, on with the food!
We pretty much order the same dishes when we go – we know that they taste good!
We ordered an Altogether Now Platter with hummus with PERi-PERi drizzle, red pepper dip, spicy mixed olives and toasted pitta bread. This is £8.95. It says it’s for up to four sharing – there’s plenty of bread, but I don’t think everything else would split to four people very much.
Whenever we order, we ask that our main dish gets brought out when we are finished…this NEVER happens! We can never just enjoy a starter!
We also love the PERi-PERi Nuts – spicy almonds, cashews and macadamias – they pack a punch! We often just take these home 😉
For our main meal, we ordered the Full Platter, which contains a whole chicken, plus you can order 2 large or 4 regular sides. So we ordered fries (with spicy seasoning), coleslaw, salad and spicy rice. This costs £18.95. You can also pick how spicy you would like your chicken. Hubs ordered garlic and herb on ours, but it goes from plain up to fiery hot!
The food is always good whenever we go to Nando’s, and we love just putting all the different sauces on our chicken! As I said, we tend to order the same stuff, but if you want to look at their menu online.
Nandos serve THE BEST carrot cake in the world – it is soooo good. Really good! You get a huge slice of really flavoursome cake – lots of texture with nuts and raisins, plus lashings of creamy frosting. You also get a little cupful of cream on the side – yummy! (£3.95)
Hubby enjoys the low-fat frozen yoghurt – which is self-serve and bottomless! On this visit, the flavour was strawberry. (£2.95)
On this Nandos visit, the drinks fountain was broken, which meant no bottomless drinks…so for this meal we paid just short of £40, and yes, I think that is pricey for some chicken…but, I can never grumble about the quality of the food, which in our experience is always good. And they do take-away too – score!
After our meal, we just chilled out in the hotel bar, and then watched movies in our room – quite heavenly not to have to do anything!