Sherman's Food Adventures: Nando's (Strawberry Hill)

Nando's (Strawberry Hill)

There are times when I just don't know what to eat.  Yes, as crazy as it sounds, I had no cravings whatsoever for lunch.  Seeing how I didn't have a lot of time, I settled on fast food, but I had no urge to visit anywhere that started with Mc or ended with King.  Hence, I briefly considered Wendy's with their salads, but in the end, I didn't want to spend $9.00 for it.  Subway came into play, but I had that the week before.  And really, I didn't want to go back to Nordel Kitchen because it ain't any healthier than the aforementioned fast food joints.  Finally, I settled on Nando's partly because I had an Entertainment coupon burning a hole in my pocket.  Now, there were actually a couple of them where I settled on the whole chicken dinner.  Yes, I got a whole family dinner for myself...

It included Garlic Portuguese Buns which, in my opinion, were too chewy for my tastes.  Don't get me wrong, I love Portuguese buns especially for making tasty sandwiches, but I want my garlic bread to be either soft or toasted, not in between.  Moreover, for garlic bread, there was not a whole lot of flavour either.  Onto the star of the meal, the Flame Grilled Chicken with a hot spice level.  Consistent with this location, the meat was moist and juicy, even the the breast.  It was indeed spicy and dressed further in Peri-Peri sauce. The flavours were smoky and the extra packets of Peri-Peri sauce ensured a wallop in every bite.

For my 2 sides, I went for Peri Fries and Spiced Rice.  Frankly, I've never liked the sides at Nando's.  The fries were not crispy enough in my opinion being rather generic.  Even with the spicier option, I didn't find them that flavourful.  As for the rice, it wasn't any better.  It was dry, bland and unappetizing.  Whatever the case, the chicken was good (especially this location as I find other places make it very dry).  Nando's can be a bit expensive, especially without a coupon, but the chicken is pretty good.

The Good:
- Nicely grilled chicken (at this location)
- Spicy (just the way I like it)

The Bad:
- Can be pricey
- Sides are weak

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5 comments:

Steve said...

I like to go on Tuesdays when they have their double legs combo on special, it's always very juicy. I agree, the sides are fairly weak, however I do have one favourite, the corn on the cob, which unfortunately is only available seasonally. Ask them to slather plenty of their lemon herb sauce on the cob when they grill it - very tasty!

AJC said...

As a Portuguese...and Portuguese "expert" on Portuguese food...Nando's is Portuguese food as Taco Bell is Mexican...

Sherman Chan said...

@AJC Congratulations that you are a Portuguese expert. I am in no way indicating this is authentic Portuguese food. It is what it is...

Etienne said...

This place doesn't hold a candle to the original joint on Davie called Tigallo's

The Dietress said...

I thought Nando's was South African?