When I declared that I’d never been to Nando’s until that day to the late night crowd at Lucky Liquor, I was surprised to hear several others saying they hadn’t visited either. They are a breed apart, though, so I imagine most readers will have visited the peri peri chicken purveyor at some stage.
I chose the Nando’s in the Omni Centre which is handily placed near my office.
Upon crossing the threshold, I found the interior just a bit odd. There were wicker-work ceiling features. Was this some sort of chicken in the basket reference, I wondered?
Anyhoo, the friendly server man explained how they operated service which seemed an easy enough order-at-the-counter routine. He also highlighted a special called the Churrasco burger which was apparently “back” for a limited time only. That seemed like a fine idea to me so I ordered it with a side of something called macho peas.
The peas turned out to be lightly doused in macho pea mush with some mint and chilli. They were decent enough.
The burger comprised two chicken thigh pieces, some superfluous cheddar and good crunch from coleslaw. I’d ordered the spicing at medium level and that’s what it was. It was a fair lunchtime tummy filler.
So overall, Nando’s was quite uneventfully OK. Service stood out most strongly; their food was much less memorable, but it seems to be meeting a need for a wide and appreciative audience. I doubt I’ll be back soon, but wouldn’t mind visiting again if someone else suggests it.
Blythe scores Nando’s
3/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 12.5/20
I ate: churrasco burger, macho peas
I drank: water
I wore: grey suit jacket
Total bill: £9.20
Address: Omni Centre, Greenside Place, New Town, Edinburgh EH1 3AA