According to its wall-mounted slogan, Nando's has 'never been just about chicken. It's about pride, passion, courage, integrity, and most of all, family 18 Reviews
According to its wall-mounted slogan, Nando's has 'never been just about chicken. It's about pride, passion, courage, integrity, and most of all, family.' Rolling up to this newly-opened rooster outlet for a lunchtime feed, we settled into a table with a view, surrounded by the earthy-coloured walls, sacks and ladles that symbolise rustic-style family values. The restaurant mascot is a brightly coloured cockerel, the national bird of Portugal, which, legend has it, saved a man's life by crowing, despite the fact that it was already dead.
We chose a range of poultry dishes, all marinaded in secret sauce and cooked on open-flame grills. The waiter took our order with remarkable integrity, reappearing minutes later to passionately hand over a nice tomato salad and a couple of fruit juices. A starter of chicken liver was excellent - buttery texture, with a spicy sauce, mopped up with courageous rounds of Portuguese bread, and a bowlful of wings also hit the mark.
The main-course chicken is outstandingly good, and can be ordered at four different levels of spice, from the manly extra hot peri-peri to the girlish lemon and herb. The butterfly-cut meat is delicious - thick wedges of burnt charcoaled skin with acres of tender white flesh underneath. A chicken kebab came on a spiral-topped skewer hung from a rack, trailing an enormous fork for twisting off chunks of meat. A roast veg accompaniment was less impressive, but couldn't dampen our esteem for this place. A real winner.By Rob Orchard
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