I’m not a great lover of ‘fast’ food, but I am quite partial to Nando’s sometimes. I find that the different outlets can be quite variable, but one that seems to be consistently good is the Clarkson branch which sits in Ocean Keys Boulevard on the outside part of Ocean Keys shopping centre.
If you are not familiar with the offerings, there are various forms of grilled basted chicken – quarters, halves, whole chickens, wraps, burgers, salads etc. and you choose the heat of your basing from mild to extra hot, or the mild and fruity flavours lemon and herb, and mango and lime.
The Clarkson restaurant is usually quite clean, although some of the booth seating is beginning to look a little worn.
On this visit we chose to share churrasco bbq thighs basted with mild sauce, a chicken quarter basted with mango and lime, peri chips (the peri salt is a spicy seasoning), perinaise dip and corn on the cob.
The thighs were succulent and the chicken breast was tasty. I believe that Nando’s pre-marinate and cook the chickens, so they are always cooked through, then they finish them off on the grill with the basting of your choice. The marinade is probably why the meat is always so juicy and tender.
The corn was nice, although the portion sizes of corn are larger in the UK version of Nando’s, but the chip portion sizes are more generous in Australia.
I really enjoyed the food and will continue to go to this branch in future.
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This restaurant is on an elevated section a short walk from the main Ocean Keys shopping centre. It’s definitely a neighbourhood gem with lots of regulars and families walking in when we visited.
The menu is pan-Asian rather than strictly Vietnamese, so don’t go expecting several varieties of Vietnamese soup, although they do serve Pho as a chef’s special.
On our visit we chose a few starters. Vietnamese rice paper rolls and chicken satay.
The rolls were beautiful, nicely packed with noodles, lettuce, mint, spring onion and prawn with a nice warm hoisin dip. The satay was succulent and flavoursome with plenty of coconut and peanut sauce. Yum.
For mains we chose the chef’s special salt and pepper fish. It was nice, but I think that they use frozen fish as it was a bit on the firm side. The little crumbs of garlic, onion and chilli were great.
We also chose a Thai yellow curry with chicken which was lovely complete with authentic Thai basil. Really good.
Served with a generous tub of steamed rice.
The portions are a good size, and the food here is very tasty which is why the locals keep coming back time and time again. Well worth a visit when you’re in Clarkson.
It’s not easy to find a nice curry restaurant in Perth. My personal favourite has always been Shehnai in Ocean Reef, and I have tried lots of recommended restaurants in Perth City but tend to find that they are either bland or the spices are too raw due to undercooking. India Cottage in Clarkson is a pleasant surprise – the curries similar to the UK style curries. I found the naan was cooked perfectly and each curry that we ordered was individually flavoured (didn’t taste like they were made with the same sauce). The rice portion was huge – a portion for one will serve two people.
The wait staff were also really nice and smiley. I will definitely be paying a return visit.