This isn’t a chicken chain, it’s an empire, with branches in many countries. The successful formula is part fast food (diners queue to place their orders at the tills) and part restaurant (where the comfortable seats encourage lingering). The vibe is a welcoming one – from the pleasant staff to the free soft-drink refills – and the menu has something for virtually everyone (even chicken-refusniks). Peri-peri chicken is what Nando’s is known for, in varying degrees of heat and body part (breast, leg, wing, whole or half), but the bird is also offered as a burger, in a pitta or wrap, and as part of a salad. There are mushroom and halloumi options too, as well as veggie burgers, a steak and a few non-chicken salads. Some parts of the menu work better than others: the grilled chicken is reliably good (and top-notch in the case of some tasty chicken livers); a mediterranean salad (tomato, cucumber, celery, peppers, mixed leaves in paprika dressing, olives and feta cheese) less so. Sides run from chips and coleslaw to ‘posh’ options such as mildly spiced black beans. A safe bet for everyone from lone diners to families.
Brent Cross Shopping Centre
|Cross street:||Prince Charles Drive|
|Opening hours:||Meals served 11am-8pm Mon-Fri; 11am-7pm Sat; noon-6pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Brent Cross tube|
|Price:||Main courses £4.25-£12|