I got introduced to Nando’s while on a work trip in UK in 2008. Although there were franchise owned Nando’s outlets in Mumbai at that time, it never happened that we could be in Mumbai to try it. Having craved for the juiciest flame grilled chicken and the Peri-Peri sauces the entire time, it was like a wish being granted, when Nando’s re-entered the Indian market in 2012. It has been a regular affair to be at Nando’s – whenever possible.
Although our staple order at Nando’s has always been the flame grilled chicken, we have also tried other options on the menu. Nothing beats the signature dish, but the varied menu has something to offer for all palates. Recently Nando’s launched a new menu – some never-before dishes introduced in all the outlets that widens the choice offered.
An attempt has been made to keep the balance between veg. and non-veg. items and it shows. The new menu has been curated keeping the geography and palate in mind and it is quite evident in the dishes. Start with Chicken Skewers, Pita and Salsa – which has perfectly grilled chicken skewers, a good pita bread and fresh salsa. Tip – make an open sandwich with the pita, chicken, salsa and yogurt dip & thank us later 🙂 For the vegetarians there is Hummus, Pita and Peri-Peri drizzle – the drizzle is a must on the hummus, you will love it.
The mains section has choices like Espetada Carnival – juicy chicken pieces with the kick of the peri-peri sauce; served with a bowl of rice and another side. You will love it for the medley it provides. Chicken Liver, veg and rice bowl is another dish that came as a surprise – not fans of chicken liver, we loved the marination and texture of these. Along with the rice and grilled vegetables, this is indeed a meal in itself. Chicken Naan is an interesting dish with grilled pieces of chicken, a spicy gravy and yogurt dip drizzle on top a naan – it has the desi factor and we liked it a lot. There are options like Chicken Caesar Wrap, Chicken and Cheese Burger and others for a choice. The good part is the vegetarian counterparts also being available on the menu, which doesn’t make the vegetarians feel neglected.
The beverage and dessert sections have also got their newest entrants and are worth trying. We tried the Cheesecake, which was flavorful but served too cold, so much so that it killed the texture altogether for it to be a cheesecake. Portuguese Lemonade is worth trying.
The new menu at Nando’s brings to the table, a fusion of the signature dishes and some desi-tadka, to curate a menu that will be appealing to all.