People and businesses have USPs (unique selling prepositions) like great taste, fast service, best breads and so on but you would hardly find a place that advocates 1 particular chilli sauce at its USP. That’s the case with Nando’s, the South-African chain with Portuguese/Mozambique theme and flavour. The place thrives on Peri-peri or African birds eye chilli sauce, which is very mild to Indian standards but yet very flavourful.
One popular misconception about the place is that it originated in Portugal, but in fact it started from Johannesburg, South Africa when Portuguese Audio engineer Fernando Duarte took his entrepreneur friend Robert Brozin to a small takeaway joint called “Chickenland” & Brozin bought the place for around 25,000 USD back in 1987 renamed it to Nando’s on his friend’s name and as of now the chain has more than 100 outlets in more than 30 countries, The rest, as they say, is all history.
Not long ago the chain debuted in F block, Connaught place and when I got here it was few minutes past 3 and I still had to wait, which gives you a fair idea of how is it doing. I got cozy on the 1st floor and placed my order of Peri- peri chicken (which is a must for obvious reasons) with macho peas, Moroccan butternut & grilled pepper with chicken fillet in a pita, a vegetable wrap with corn-on-the-cob and some Portuguese lemonade.
The service is tuned to handle masses with complete ease; my food was plated on the table in just under 10 minutes, all in one go. The Peri Peri was excellent with sublime chilli rubbed all over it and grilled to perfection; it was very juicy and scrumptious in taste. The Portugese Lemonade carried a hint of African Bird Eye Chilli added to a normal lemonade which gives it all the more flavours but the downside is all across the globe and even when they lauched the same thing in 2010 in Malad, Bombay they had a free refill for any drink which is not being followed now. It was quiet a attraction for the majority of Indian who dine out.
Next in line was chicken with grilled pepper and butternut in pita. For anybody confused over butternut, it’s just a breed of pumpkin. The most striking part about this was the pita; it was so fresh that it was semi-moist and worked so well with that great chicken. The vegetarians are not totally ignored here but I certainly didn’t expect the vegetarian food to be a complete winner and the case was same as the spices were slightly on higher side in the veg wrap.
The Peri-Peri had a certain aftertaste and heat to it, which I was unwilling to leave for as long as I could, hence I completely gave up the idea of trying dessert here. For any chicken lover, this is the place to be rather than a KFC or Mc-Donald’s. The chicken is so fresh that it clearly speaks quality in itself, although at a price higher than other QSR chains.
The PLF for the place is 1500 INR for 2, the place can be contacted on (+91)9999440911& the suggestive orders are Portuguese lemonade, peri-peri chicken & chicken with grilled pepper & butternut in pita.