Saturday, November 28, 2009

60.South Africa: Nando's

Nando's Flame-grilled Chicken
839 Eglinton Ave East
(east of Bayview)
416 425 9292

I realize I'm breaking one of my rules here as Nando's is a restaurant chain.
Established in a suburb of Johannesburg in 1987, by friends Robert and Fernando, Nando's now has restaurants in 24 countries. There are seven locations in Ontario. Not all of Nando's Ontario outlets are licenced but this one sells beer and wine.
The menu is based on Mozambique/Portuguese style flame grilled chicken peri peri. We order and pay at the counter and take a sign with a number painted on it to our table. A half chicken dinner with two sides (peri fries and hearty coleslaw) is a filling meal for $13.69. The veggie burger served on a Portuguese roll was flavourful and well grilled, $8.49. We opt for tea at $1.49 each, since we're driving.
They sell bottles of various sauces and marinades made in South Africa that feature peri peri the bird's eye chili.
There are interesting bits of South Africa influenced decor but Christmas tinsel and disco music do not add to the ambiance. The service is what you would expect in a fast food outlet.

Rating: Ambiance (2)
Service (2)
Food Presentation (2)
Food Quality (3)
Value for Money (3)

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