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The first restaurant opened in December 2000 in Glenfield, Auckland. Nando's soon caught on in this beautiful land where people have a love for life that extends into many different outdoor activities from their obsession with rugby to their passion for sailing. New Zealand is not big when it comes to population but they are big on character and they have taken to Nando's with our unique approach to casual eating.
It is our grand plan to continue covering the length and breadth of our great land so that everyone can experience our famous hospitality and great chicken.
We will take you on journey - your own voyage of discovery. Your senses will be fired with the unique products & tastes of Portugal - all prepared with pride & passion. Here, you will be touched by the magic that is the Nando's way.
You'll laugh, you'll cry...your taste buds will never be the same again!
I first enjoyed Nando's at the Palmerston North site; this soon became a place I never went back to. As I travel a lot for my job, I have the chance to eat at places I enjoy; on my travels to Wellington, I needed to get some lunch, I had a craving for Nando's, and as I refuse to go to the Palmerston North site on purpose, I attended Johnsonville.
Upon first entering, the atmosphere was brilliant, the lighting was amble, the music was enjoyable and I was greeted with a smile and a welcoming greeting. I ordered my favourite, 8 BBQ Ribs with chips and a Drink, the selection of the drinks was the usual Coca Cola selection. So I got a Coke Zero, I was offered a glass, and asked if I wanted Ice to go with my 600ml bottle of Coke
There was a place to wash your hands, and freshen up, without having to go the bathroom, this was a great idea, and
Roughly 10mins later, my meal was brought to me, along with knife, fork and serviettes. The waiter offered me water as well, which I politely accepted.
During my meal, the Manager, Fiaz was his name, asked if I was enjoying my meal and hoped everything was to my satisfaction. This was a great thing to have happen, rarely do you have the Manager come and ask.
The food was divine and the service was excellent. This is only place I will have Nando's.
Nando's is my new favourite place to eat!!! Takeaway type food that is... Going into the restaurant is always a pleasure - the smells that come from the kitchen are devine! Overall, the staff are always cheerful and friendly, and generally knowledgeable about the food. Which brings me to the focus of any restaurant - THE FOOD!!!
How does one describe heaven? Ok, I'll admit to being a bit of a spicy-freak... but periperi has got to be one of the best flavourings you can ever have!!!
The menu consists mainly of chicken products that are marinated in the periperi sauce for 24 hours before eating - which gives the chicken a lovely flavour!! There are varying degrees of hotness for the chicken - mild through to very hot... which I haven't yet braved, even though I love spicy food! The HOT is just enough to give me a tang but still let me taste the food... All the chicken is barbequed fresh for each order so you are guaranteed to get your food hot and tasty - and made to your own liking!
My partner and I have ordered a variety of menu items and have yet to find anything we don't like! There are burgers, chicken wings, thighs, half chickens, salads... and they are all good! We often buy the mixed platter (good for leftovers for lunch!) which has wings, tenders, a half chicken and my all time fav... periperi seasoned chips ~swoons~ There is more than enough for 2 in this meal, and with your choice of seasoning for each type of chicken, you can get a variety of heats for all those who eat (just in case you have someone with delicate tastebuds!) ~drools at the thought of it all~
Not only is the food you can get in the restaurant (or to takeaway) very tasty and scrumptious, but you can pick up sauces and marinades to take home too - and I will never be without a bottle of the sauce in the cupboard! Tis great for marinades, barbeques, dressings... I could go on and on... ~blush~
As I said, I love the place... and recommend it to everyone!!!
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