Home of the famous flame grilled peri peri chicken, Nandos is the place where you will see as many birds as on a Saturday night in the West End.
Another West Hampstead favourite, this branch is close to Finchley Road on one side and Fortune Green Road on the other. With stiff competition being faced from numerous establishments including an extremely popular burger joint, Nandos continues to laugh in the face of adversity as most nights this place is buzzing with local diners. Moody and dark inside with even darker sturdier tables and lighting this is one of the nicer branches that the chain has to offer.
Throngs of locals blend in with others from around the Hampstead and Belsize Park area for a quick bite to eat before moving on to one of the more trendier bars that dot West End Lane.
For the spicy mixed olives have certain piquancy as does the cous cous salad with generous crunchy red peppers, olives and chick peas. However as you can imagine starters aren’t really Nandos forte as mains throw up the lip smacking chicken dishes.
There are four strengths to marinades which come in hot, lemon and herb, extra hot and medium. The half chicken with the signature Portuguese peri peri sauce is tasty and succulent. Recommended sides include fries and homemade slaw. The bean burgers are packed full of vegetables and well cooked. However, be warned as there’s isn’t a great deal of variety as diners have come to love the Nandos concept for all things poultry.
For dessert sample one of their Portuguese pastries - Naughty Natas - little creamy custard tarts which are as sinful to pronounce as they are on the palate. Meanwhile the crunchy lemon pudding is sharp and zesty. Other desserts which are worth a go are the range of fresh ice creams including rum and raisin and chocolate.
There are some Brazilian, Portuguese and South African beers on offer featuring a pale lager called Brahma Beer, the most popular Portuguese beer called Superbock which is quite a strong lager and Sagres, a slightly golden beer and another popular favourite in Portugal. A widespread choice of South African and Portuguese wines reflecting is also on offer, featuring a crisp and fresh Cara Viva.
The Last Word
This is a nice brand but seems to pull in the punters quite regularly. Good if you’re fan of chicken and want something with a bit of zing.