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.