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The Mozambique- Portuguese based fast-food chain has recently touched down in Singapore, introducing the peri-peri to the local population. The Barcelos Cockerel, the signature symbol of Nando's was chosen because like Portuguese explorers it believed in faith, justice and good luck. Serving grilled chicken, with its speciality being the different peri-peri sauces, it has a range of peri-peri spice sauces. Peri Peri, or rather Pili Pili is the Swahili name for bird's eye chilli that mostly originates from Southern Africa. It helps the body release endorphin and anti-oxidants and contains no fats.
Many told me that Nando's was the cheaper alternative that tastes just as good.
When I tried for the very first time -roasted chicken drizzled with Peri Peri sauce-, I could only conclude it was just.. average. The chicken was a measly part served on a large plate, garlic bread on the side. It looked a little pathetic.
They had a lot of sauces available at the condiment bar and I tried out every one of them in attempts to make my meal more satisfying. Unfortunately, they are more of an acquired taste. I couldn't get used to the foreign mix of spices in them.
It definitely is cheaper but I'd rather pay more for succulent and generous portions of chicken at Kenny Rogers.
I was stoked when I heard they are opening and expanding their business to Singapore. I popped by their Bugis branch and was clearly impressed. The setting of the restaurant was based upon their Mozambique-Portugese cuisine. The juicy chicken tasted amazing with the peri-peri sauce and their potato wedges were superb. But the added bonus that made me come back for more was the bottomless drink. Service was excellent too.
Overall, I give them a two thumbs up.
The chicken I got in Nandos was nicely grilled and seasoned well. It wasn’t to dry and quite tender. In Nandos, you can choose between 4 different peri-peri sauces, each with varying spiciness levels. As always with me, I went with the spiciest option. The sauce is simply superb and blended nicely with the chicken. Their potato wedges are tasty as well but the chicken is definitely the highlight.
The prices in Nandos tend to be on the high side at average 20-25 bucks per head. The atmosphere is relaxing and calm and generally the service quite good. Overall, expect good food, good service and nice atmosphere in Nandos.
And while the chickens taste good, I honestly thought it wasn’t value for money. It wasn't just the portion, the chicken didn’t taste like a ten-dollar chicken and the ambience of the restaurant didn’t justify the cost of the meal either.
But the peri-peri chickens is definitely worth a try. It is one-of-a-kind.
Their prices are also pretty reasonable. If you get a set meal, it comes with the main dish and 2 side dishes. I usually get the mediterranean rice as one of my sides and it does a pretty good job of filling me up. Within $20 per person, you'll easily be able to get a snazzy drink and a main dish with 2 sides. I think that that's a reasonable price to pay, especially because their portions are quite generous.
First the sauces... the sauces are still the same so no complains there.
When the food arrived, it looked exactly the same as the food served backed in Australia.But when me and my friends dug in, we found to our horror that the chicken tasted bland. The meat was so dry we had to drink lots of water to soften it. The skin looked nice, but was dry and bland as well. It seemed like Nandos here had been extremely stingy with the spices.
Their chicken tasted nothing like the ones served in Australia. It seems that the Nandos here have lost the flavors that it is so famous for back in Australia.
I recommend never going to Nandos. Their chicken is not good at all. If you really want to try Nandos, you might as well head to Australia to try it. It taste so much better then the ones here in Singapore.
I went to the branch at JCube and my first thought was that it had such a good ambience – the Mozambican – Portugese theme was unique! They always greet customers as well (though I can’t figure out what was it because of the language). If you think that their famous peri-peri chicken will be really spicy, don’t worry! You can choose your own “levels” of spicyness, from plain, to extra hot. I chose medium though I want to try out the extra hot the next time.
It was absolutely delicious! (I need a second to relive that mouth-watering moment). It was truly value for money; They even serve you with 2 side dishes of your choice, or 1 of the more expensive side dish. They also have a free flow of your drink if you do buy one. Isn’t that great?
So do come and give Nando’s a visit. I mean, offering affordable prices, a unique theme, and halal for the muslims, why not?
I ordered a half chicken with 2 sides. The wedges were nice. It was unique and interesting how we can choose from the 4 flavours of chicken (based on how spicy) but I felt very sick and tired of eating the chicken because it was just chicken without anything else in it.
However, I am not a fan of their side dishes, as they were mostly bland, except for the french fries and grilled veggies. If you still have room for desserts, give the chocolate biscuits a try!