Hey guys! Welcome back! This post is a little different from my previous ones. It’s the first of hopefully many restaurant/food reviews. I decided to make it a little easy on myself by choosing my favorite restaurant here in the UK. So, this review might be a little biased. Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have told you that, because now there’s no incentive to continue reading…blog FAIL! Hmm, let’s just pretend like I didn’t say that and this is my first time ever mentioning Nando’s. Alright, “Nando’s Food Review,” take two! Hey guys, here’s my first stab at review of a popular restaurant chain here in the UK; it’s called Nando’s.
I’ve had the pleasure of dining at a few different Nando’s locations and I love the consistency of the inviting atmosphere in every single one. The upkeep of the inside and outdoor areas shows that a keen eye for detail is customary. They really seem to care about how their restaurants look and feel to the customers. I don’t know about you, but I’ve actually left restaurants in the past without eating based solely off of the way the environment made me “feel.” I hope I’m not the only one, because that’ll just make me sound weird. Just kidding, I was weird before you even got here. But in all honesty, I do put a lot of pressure on a restaurant’s setting to determine if I’ll dine and “if it ain’t right, I not staying to take a bite”..okay that was bad! Let’s get back on track and forget that quick. Adding to Nando’s warm and inviting atmosphere are the beautiful pieces of art along the walls, doors and tables. All of the pieces are one-of-a-kind, original pieces created by some of South Africa’s most talented artists. You can check out some of that unique art on Nando’s website.
As with the consistent settings at multiple locations, I’ve never been disappointed with the service at any of them either. I’ve been to a few different ones at various times and every, single time, awesome service. If you have a complaint, they’ll take care of it. If you want to move to another table, they’ll take care of it. If you have a larger party and no reservations, but would still like services, they’ll take care of it. They’re genuinely there to serve you and their actions will remind you of that. For those of you reading that have never been, let me just give a quick explanation of how their service works. When you enter and are greeted, you’ll be seated with menus. You can decide what to eat from the Mains, Fire-Starters, Sides, Drinks and Desserts sections. Once you’ve chosen what you’d like to dine on, you head to the counter to order and pay. Their Coke products are bottomless and you can refill as often as you’d like. So you head back to your table, drinks in hand and wait for you food. Even with a large group at one of their busiest times, I don’t think I’ve waited longer than 20 minutes for my food. I think my average wait time is around ten minutes. But within those 10-20 minutes, someone is likely to come over to check on you to see how you’re doing. Once your food arrives, you’ll be acknowledged a few more times before you leave. Upon your departure, yet another act of great service; a grateful farewell.
We’ve finally made it to the most important part and my favorite thing about this place; the food! Now, my go-to choices are the quarter chicken (half if I’m sharing with my mini man), creamy mash, macho peas and orange Fanta. I think I told y’all this in a recent post, but this my favorite thing to eat at Nando’s. I’ve tried other dishes and have never been disappointed, but it’s just something about that lemon and herb Peri Peri sauce smothering a warm, juicy chicken thigh, that I just can’t leave alone. It’s my constant, my forever, my everything! Save the Dates are in the mail by the way, lol. I seriously could eat this everyday and would love it just as much each time. The mashed potatoes are so thick, creamy and delicious! They pair perfectly with those macho peas I was raving about a couple posts ago. The medley of flavors just work so well together and hate sharing them. Come to think of it, I don’t really like sharing any of it. So if I ever take you out to eat at Nando’s, GET YOUR OWN!
As a whole, this restaurant’s fantastic. I give it a 5 out of 5. Not sure exactly what that means or if it even matters. It at least sounds like a good thing and nobody can be mad at that, right? Right. Okay, good. Now before I leave though, I almost forgot to mention some exciting news about Nando’s Peri Peri sauces. For any of my readers in the U.S. that would like to try some of these tasty sauces and marinades, they’re available here and here. I dread the day when I have to leave my UK love for good, but knowing that I can still hold onto a small piece even once I’m stateside, makes saying goodbye a little bit easier. But at this moment, I must say goodbye to you or as Tigger would say, “TTFN, ta ta for now!” xoxo -Charell A.