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- July 25, 2009 by forlocks
- Do you feel like chicken tonight?
I know this place isn't terribly unhealthy, but it falls into fastfood as well as dine-in. Also I didn't want to be a douche and say McDonalds...
I came across this place a few years ago; unsure and afraid of change I gave a go, like the brave little chap I am. Stepping into this little shop on the side of the Kingsway I was pleasantly surprised.
Nandos instantaneously, became my second home. The warm cosy feeling I got walking through the front doors, it was incredible. The lighting was not so intensely bright like at other fast food chains, all the people had big smiles on their faces; like one big happy family. The decorations, they were so clever, lamps made out of artificial chillies; rustic, large, dark, wood tables and chairs; and they table numbers, were on wooden roosters- I've been meaning to take one home since. However, what topped the whole place off; was the music. Ah the music, not top 40 or trance shit, but authentic salsa. I literally felt as though I was in Portugal.
Stepping up to the counter to place my order, I felt excited and scared, not knowing but wanting not to know. After a good 43 seconds of looking at the menu, I thought I'd be safe as this was my first Nandos experience; "Double Chicken Burger please!" I said to the cashier with a big ridiculous smile on my face. I was a bit peeved at the pricing, it was 3 times the amount of a medium Cheeseburger meal at McDonalds. Little did I know, that I would never question the pricing, and my prejudice would be long gone from me, forever.
Sitting and chatting with my friends at our table; they too have expectant looks on their faces- looking at the wooden rooster, staring out towards the beach and being taken away to Portugal in the music, I was shocked at how fast our food came out. Looking at the plate, then up at my friends, all our jaws were on the floor; the plates were spectacular! Giant like crockery, filled to the rim with big crispy chips and a monstrous burger on the side. Almost losing myself in the meal I stopped and started to speculate, my eyes might approve but this meal needed to go through some tests. My friends had already started gorging into their Quarter Chicken meals, but I lifted the bun to see if I had been ripped off. How could I have been so petty to judge, after everything else in this place had already been approved; the burger had 2 massive pieces of chicken breast lying on top of a bed of crisp green lettuce, tomato and of course topped with the "Hot Peri Peri" sauce I requested.
(My friends being the women they are got "Lemon and Herb" and "Mild" sauces, I'm a bit more daring and I'm sure glad I was!)
Before I dug in, I picked up a chip; it did look quite immaculate- popped it into my mouth and salivated! The "Peri Peri" salt on top was ingenious! These were proper chips; perfect size, crunch and taste! I quickly shoved more chips in my mouth before I got to the star of the show; I tried to hold back, just so I could savour the experience, but I couldn't take it anymore!- lifting the burger, sauce dripping down my arm, I opened my mouth and sunk my teeth into it.
[What I am about to tell you is actual fact, everything about this story has actually happened! My own personal experience.] Just like in a movie, everything turned perfect; my friends pigging out were no longer there, the cars outside making noise were gone, just me, a heavenly music playing and Portugal in my sights- I continued to feast, savour and smile until every last morsel on my plate was gone.
When we were all done, full and totally satisfied we got up and walked down to the beach, I was still in a state of harmony; my friends claimed that they enjoyed Nandos thoroughly and that we should go there again soon. I could only mumble incoherently; "Mmm? Yeah, of course."- AlI could think about was having that burger for dinner.