I’m sure most people have eaten Nando’s before and even those who haven’t would of at least heard of the name. I mean it’s hard to miss. They are a global phenomenon specializing in that taste bud tantalizing, Portuguese style, peri peri chicken. In the UAE alone they have 14 stores and have been in operation for a whopping 14 years. Now that says something for their popularity here in the UAE.
One of the newest stores and one that I had the pleasure of being invited to eat at is the Deira City Centre store located in the food court on level 1.
The first thing I noticed upon entering is the fun and vibrant atmosphere, with upbeat music in the background. The décor is brightly patterned and gives off that African vibe whilst the smiling staff are happy to be there.
We’re offered a booth and I gaze over the menu to see what’s new. We settle on an appeteaser platter (nice play on words) consisting of the new red pepper dip, a chicken & mushroom soup, some mixed olives and lemon & herb chicken wings. As well as some designer drinks, crimson cola and caipirinha. Whilst we wait for our food to arrive other orders go past and that tempting Nando’s aroma has my mouth watering.
The red pepper dip was spicy and addictive. Served with toasted warm pita bread pieces for dunking. Highly recommend if you like spice. The chicken and mushroom soup was warm and comforting.
I was pleased to see the new addition to the espetada range, the espetada carnival which now comes stuffed with feta and parsley so I decided to give that a whirl for the mains along with the new three bean salad and peri peri salted fries. Juicy pieces of succulent chicken thighs which is served hanging and suspended from it’s skewer dripping with sauce. I can see parsley but the feta flavor is lost for me against the mild basting of peri peri sauce. Luckily for me I ordered some haloumi on the side so I still got my cheese fix.
I’ve never before ordered a dessert at Nando’s probably because I’m normally too full and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t full from eating all of the above, however a mint tea helped me digest a little and Sangam, our ever so lovely waiter suggested we go for the Choc’late Lovin Spoon Cake. It’s a mix between chocolate and pudding and dark chocolate cake so it’s heavy and moist but also irresistible. If you can fit it after your main fix, then it’s definitely worth the calories!
With 4 new stores set to open in the UAE this year, you’ll never to be too far away for that cheeky Nando’s fix.