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It's so shit
i've only been twice so i'm allowed to be judgemental
He always gets it with no sauce on, so a plain chicken like he could get from Tesco rotisserie because he doesn't like spicy food.
cucumbers in a bap, not even cheesed and toasted.
you might ask what I was doing there in the first place, but it was work lunch
What a non-story that was.
Who is maybe 15 now, hassled his parents for 30 quid so he could take his female friend to Nando's.
The end result? His first shag.
Can't have been much of a prossie for £30 though.
so she was probably less than a fiver all in
when the 'all in' costs come out.
KFC with proper cutlery.
Thought that was pretty spot on
The KFC comparison is so Michael McIntyre, and flawed because KFC is also really nice
But then again my local chicken gaff is way better than KFC and about 1/12th of the price.
Don't think KFC is halal.
Still - a chicken wing is a chicken wing. It's all in the seasoning.
But they source some of it from Faccenda (who also supply kfc, pretty grim firm)
Nah their chicken thighs, rice and mash is the best food there is
Dunno what the problem other than that is with it though.
Probably treats its workers like shit
List goes on
Yeah put the popular restaurants somewhere else, agreed :/
Lad culture - no more than the beloved Wetherspoon's. Whenever I go in there it's just full of families and young couples.
Shit food - it is a bit pricey for what it is, but I generally enjoy it.
Spoils high streets - ?
Probably treats its workers like shit - citation needed (any more so than KFC or any other fast food chain?)
And no but that's just what it is isn't it, a pretend fast food dump for middle-class people.
It's like a tenner for a nice half chicken (cooked as well as anywhere, because, you know, it's fucking chicken not rocket science), some passable chips, meh coleslaw and refillable drink (I'm a sucker for a refillable drink). It's no worse a proposition that plenty of other chain restaurants (Pizza Express, Wagamama etc).
it's too expensive. In isolation it's hardly a mugging but I think it's too expensive for `what you get`.
and they take those half cooked chickens out of a drawer filled with dozens of the bastards.
It's not nice.
This is just snobbery.
and probably wouldn't be underneath a grill, so I'm calling it a drawer.
My issue with the price is that I'm sure I could cook pretty much the same meal for a fraction of the cost . At least with the other chains there'd be at least a small amount of difficulty in replicating their meals.
"how much would it cost me to replicate this at home?" you're approaching the dining-out experience all wrong
But if you are thinking it, it's probably because you're disappointed with what you are eating.
The mind does start to wander, primarily towards "why the fuck am I here again."
Chesney Hawkes was in there. I shit you not.
so probably quite comfortable eating chicken
fuck the haters
Calling cricket on it right now.
chicken and chips extra cheeky please.
I'm sure the two are linked and so have never returned. Recall not being too impressed, bit like an oven dinner but with none of the comfort.
but that it's bad at what it does.
All it is is chicken and chips. It's remarkably bad at doing that considering its success.
You don't have to get chips you know
but i'll make a separate thread for that.
looking forward to it already
Only have one about once every 2 years mind.
Much better chains are available if that's your bag.
its right next to it and its so quick and cheap and nice.
Would you bedwetters prefer to be eating a £6.50 bowl of frosted shreddies in dalston?
I enjoy the taste of chicken and chips enormously, and am only slightly put off by Nando’s bewildering ordering system in which customers must pay for food at the counter, set the able themselves and then wait for the waiter to bring the meal over. Interestingly,
Glen and I have developed an unspoken but quietly effective NES – Nando’s Efﬁciency System – in which we ensure that not a second is wasted. We secure a table and then, with coats draped over the backs of our chairs, we separate. My role is to grab a menu and secure a place in the queue. From there, I loudly read out the food options so that Glen can hear. He, meanwhile, is scurrying to the far side of the restaurant to grab cutlery, napkins and condiments, but all the while he is listening to me and shouting back his order.I place it and pay. We usually end up back at the table at roughly the same time and then enjoy our chicken dinners, while chuckling at the many people who are still waiting for theirs despite having arrived way before us.
Of course things take on a different hue if you dine solo.Last time I went to Nando’s I was Glen-less. I placed my order but forgot about the cutlery. My food arrived and I had neither knife, fork or spoon. Admittedly, in a chicken-and-chips scenario the spoon is less important, but I could sure hav edone with a knife and fork – the former to cut with, the latter to maintain carcass stability.Cursing the absence of my partner-in-chicken I went over to get the required eating tools, walking as fast as I could with-out breaking into a run. Just my luck – they were awaiting are ﬁll on both the knives and the forks! Spoons, on the other hand? Dozens of them. I had no choice. With a lateral shake of the head and a vertical raise of the eyebrow, I return to my table. I’ve made the effort to ﬁnd cutlery, I’m darn well going to use it. And I have to say it worked out okay. I shovelled the chips into my mouth as if I was eating pudding, and as for the chicken – it was just a question of trying to drag the meat off the bone by using the spoon as a paw
and who goes there, or the quality of the food. Not one solitary shit.
Haven't been in over 2 years.
but now this Muppet hating psycho has come out against it I'm joining #TeamNandos.
For a quick nosh or takeaway when you fancy chicken and can't be bothered cooking or eating the fried KFC stuff.
I had only ever been once until one opened near me recently, and now I am addicted the their thigh burger (as in I've had it three times this year). Very much a functional experience though, eat and run, no lingering.
One thing I have noticed though is that it seems full of teens- they must be getting good pocket money as it's not all that cheap compared to other places in the high st.
One is fried the other is not. Stop getting chicken wrong.
or with veggie/vegans and you're in a place you don't know that well or are time restricted
+ it's always tasty
+ the food comes quickly (which is very handy if you have children in tow)
- is probably full of shit LADS on a weekend night (but where isn't?)
- pricey for what it is
? misery chicken ?
Only seems okay cos you're really hungry when you're there
I'm not generally a fan of chicken breast (usually too dry) but Nando's is marinated well and not overcooked. I mean, it's not gourmet or anything but it's generally tasty.
I've had a Wetherspoon's mexican chicken burger and fuck, that was some rubbery chicken.
Never had a dry one.
used to go a lot cause a friend worked there so used to get discounts
its pricy but its obviously a lot nicer than kfc
they treat their workers well btw
As to think that's why people are against lad culture
But it brings joy to my dark heart to consider the lack of empathy thising it would require if it were true
from a couple of spotty teens who were there on a double date because me and my male dining companion were sharing a bottle of rose.
Seems the right thread to share this cracking anecdote.
is perfectly passable (esp if you're having something hot) and not pricey.
i'm sorry, but I am ROFL-ing at Biscuit and his mate sipping rose in nandos :'D
and the rest going 'it's not very good, that's all.'
I mean it's fine: if I'm hungry and it's that or a Subway or a Zizzi or something then yes, chicken it is.
But it is pretty overrated.
No idea why anyone eats there.
and fuck off
Show your working. All I've got is "ridiculously overpriced unless you're going there with your Tesco Clubcard vouchers"
Have a safety smiley as it's only a discussion about chain retaurants :)
i'm saying that almost no-one is being snobby about nandos in here.
I was just wondering what made Pizza Express the best chain restaurant?
BUT it is the most consistent Italian chain restaurant. Without exception.
And it's not.
There's no reason to go to one in London when Franco Mancas have expanded so much recently, unless you're a tourist and have only heard of Pizza Express.
It's consistently wider and more open than Pizza Express and while the pizza options are fewer, they tend to be tastier and more interesting. Although it's really sad they've got rid of the half-and-half veggie one. Their puddings are excellent too.
The point is, we have always been able to bring our daughter there and have enough space to plonk her at the table while putting the pram somewhere, and they're always very friendly about it. Pizza Express, and Strada (who are above Pizza Express anyway due to having pesto bread and bigger pizzas) both cram so many tables into their spaces it's hard to feel relaxed eating there.
So - Pizza Express:
Jesus Lane, Cambridge - lovely old building, a few different rooms, plenty of space for children
Regent Street, Cambridge - pretty crowded but acoustics are okay
St James' Street, King's Lynn - hellhole echo chamber
better calzone and nicer chairs (and the one in Cambridge overlooks Parker's Piece)
the one exception described above.
that was good. Preferred that to Pizza Express. Also prefer Zizzi to Pizza Express, based on my limited experiences They have some sort of wacky half calzone/half pizza thing. Strada wasn't great though. That's bottom of the pile. Bella Italia gets a shrug except one time I had some really good calamari in there. I think I ate in a Spaghetti House as well, do not remember if it was any good though.
Which is the street in London where there are all these amazing restautants for media agency wankers like me to get taken to. Some of my all time faves are there. Salt Yard, Roka, Navarros, Barrica, Bam Bou. Woof.
Anyway, my boss and I were being taken out by our rep at one of the major terrestrial broadcasters as a thank you for a bumper year.
At one point he turned to us while we were talking about how it was our best ever year and went "You know guys, you spent over £2 million with us last year.". Then he paused. "Zizzis?" and pointed at the branch we were outside.
Livid. £2m and all we got was fucking zizzis. We ordered absolutely everything as way of vengence
Once the chef transformed back into a person from the dog
It's alright, bit expensive for what you get though
In the same way I like McDonalds, Subway, and a ton of other things. It's shit unhealthy food, but it tastes nice. I draw the line at KFC though.
once to try it out when the Newcastle one opened and I wasn't a vegetarian, and once when I was entertaining out-of-towners and they wouldn't eat anywhere that they didn't know.
I wouldn't go there by choice, but if you live somewhere that doesn't have the cheaper, better alternatives on offer, it's fine, I guess.
But I can make a decent chicken and chips/rice with gaaaerlic bread from Tesco at home for half the price.
Also depressing that people from towns near me (i.e. Burnley) get more excited about a Nando's opening than non-chain restaurant things of genuine cultural substance.
Is potentially one of the best rock venues in the country but because everyone's fixated on chicken and chips they have to steady the ship by booking an endless stream of tribute bands. Yes, including a Steel Panther one.
been going for years because it's one of the few chain restaurants i can actually eat at and it's £6.25 or something for a chicken fillet, 1/4 avocado and chips and it's just easy isn't it
salads are alright too but if you're going to nandos you might as well get chips and it's cheaper
went on my actual 21st birthday for dinner with my mam over any of the other chains that offer coeliac menus
once went to nandos with three disers
there's a wagamamla next to it in the town and last time I went in there it started smelling of poo halfway through the meal so might have to try Nandos instead next time
Let's stop being babies and pretending the food doesn't taste nice.
right on both counts, obviously
They fail to be a good at the one thing they do. Dry, sad chicken
And as for the idea that Pizza Express deserves a ranking above Pizza Hut... just get the gtfo.
And does Pizza Express have an ice cream factory? No it does not.
When their pizzas are on sale in Tesco
Wouldn't really go of my own choice because I'm not a big chicken fan but half the social events I get invited to these days seem to involve a visit to Nando's.
When the lads get old enough to take their driving tests.
Went to Tesco
Bought a whole garlic and herb roast chicken from the rotisserie
Bought tubs of coleslaw, beetroot salad, olives
Went home, cut chicken in half, plated up along with above mentioned salady items
served with nando's extra hot sauce and garlic peri peri sauce from bottles we had at home
Total cost for two lunches = about £7 (salads were on deal)
Too late I remembered we had halloumi in the fridge tat I could have sued for the true authentic experience, and some corn on the cob out of the freezer! never mind, next time.
It was brilliant, FUCK YOU NANDO'S.
i'm now having anxiety as to whether or not it was free range, which it can't have been surely for that cheap price. Oh no. I was in such a rush I didn't stop to check.