Restaurants, Portuguese Brent Cross
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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.


Venue name: Nando's
Address: 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
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Deon Pillay (theindependentfoodie)

This iconic import from South Africa failed to impress me. It's flame grilled chicken, extra hot sauce and peri fries promises the taste of Portugal. In reality it was boiled chicken covered in spicy sauce. Being South African and having grown up on he authentic Nando's, I can't help but feel cheated. Thankfully the perinase makes up for then lack of flavour.