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.
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Nando seemed to be trending for a bit, few months back. Then, people were telling me it was as good as Kenny Roger's chicken and I just couldn't wait to try it! Kenny Rogers serves quality roasted chicken but could be a little bit costly.
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 had my first taste experience in Australia, and I must say, I'm hooked! Their chicken was grilled to perfection. Throw in a bowl of peri-peri chips on the side of their famous Hot sauce, I've died and gone to heaven.
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.
My friends had said to me “Nandos chicken damn good!”. So I went to Nandos wanting to see what the fuss is all about. Oh boy they were right! Nandos, a Mozambique- Portuguese fast food chain, sells chicken with special sauces called peri-peri.
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.
Their famous peri-peri chickens are good and have a unique taste that makes you want more; and with their small portion, you’d definitely want more. I enjoyed the chickens here but am disappointed at the portion they gave.
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.
Nandos has been a personal favourite of mine for a substantial amount of time, and with good reason. their food is simply to die for. The chicken which is probably what they're best known for has to take the crown for the best out there. It's even flavoured and not too dry, despite being grilled. They allow you to chose your degree of spiciness and I like the extra hot one. It can be quite a challenge some times, which you can guess by it's name, but it's so good that you really wouldn't be able to say no.
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.
I have tried Nandos before in Australia and loved it there. So when Nandos came to Singapore I was quite excited.
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.
Halal restaurants are not hard to find in Singapore, not too limited either, but sometimes I do wish that more restaurants could cater to the muslim community, so when I heard that Nando’s has joined the ranks of halal restaurants in Singapore (Yay, finally!), I wasted no time into giving my tummy some therapy.
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 went once to the Bugis outlet and never wanted to revisit again. Firstly, service was bad. I asked for warm water and they gave me boiling hot water that was steaming and almost scorched my tongue. Upon complaining about the water, the staff did not apologise but just returned with another glass of water.
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.
I am usually not a chicken eater, but ever since trying Nandos I have changed! I went there for the first time last year at Bugis Junction, to try out the seemingly famous chicken. I ordered the beef burger intially, and tried a little of the chicken from my friend and I was simply addicted! The chicken is marinated well, and is flavorsome and tender. The ambiance is also enjoyable as the restaurant has a Mexican theme to it. It is on the pricey side but the chicken in my opinion, is definitely worth it.The service is friendly and good and I will certainly go back for more!
I remember trying Nando's for the very first time last Christmas, and I can't stop going back ever since. For first timers, I strongly recommend the lemon and herb level for the chicken. Not because it is the least spciy out of all levels, but it really is the juiciest. I have tried the other spicier levels, but found the chicken rather dry. More disappointingly, they were hardly of any kick. Hence, I would rather stick to the basics, and enjoy the texture and taste of the chicken.
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!