If you don’t know about Nandos, you must have been living under a rock in a land far, far away. Nandos is a franchise that, despite its rapid growth, hasn’t lost its laid-back and friendly vibe, or the quality of its food.
Nandos has pretty much the same look in all of its restaurants but each branch has a little something different. This Nandos' special touch comes from two huge pieces of art on show as soon as you enter; one, a beautifully simple heart made out of lights, and the second, a wooden tribal piece covering an entire wall. Heavy dark wooden tables and a variety of seats - including cosy booths and cushioned benches – bring clean lines and earthy tones that are enhanced by tall potted plants, helping to create the easy-going, natural feel. It's all wonderfully open-plan, with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows too, but the clever use of hanging light shades ensure you don’t feel like a miniature doll in a mansion. All food preparation takes place behind the ordering counter, which reassures customers that an ‘only freshly prepared’ policy takes place in this fast-food-esque restaurant.
Written on a board overhead at the counter are tips on what to order and fun ‘did you know?’ facts about chickens, adding to the light-hearted mood. Traditional Portuguese music is played at an ideal volume to create a mood and remind customers of the roots behind the food that awaits them. After placing your order, a table full of cutlery, extra plates and napkins face you. For those who want an extra kick to their meal, Nandos offers a range of their own sauces which are free to take to your table. At this branch, you can expect to see groups of friends of all ages who just seem to be after an easy, fun lunch. The staff are very helpful and efficient, though they can seem like robots as they ask the same questions, in the same order, to every customer. But that's hardly their fault.
Nandos is renowned for its chicken, and maybe they should stick to that. Served in a traditional Portuguese roll with a rather pointless piece of lettuce and tomato, the Prego steak roll (£8.89) is juicy but slightly overcooked, making it a bit tough and hard to eat, particularly as it’s supposed to be eaten like a burger. The side of chips are all you’d want from chips - crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and freshly made. The optional Peri-Peri seasoning (10p) dusted over them is so good it’ll make you turn your back on salt. The wild herb sauce from the collection is bursting with so much flavour and heat it nicely complements your meal.
Bottomless soft drinks (£2.14) are a self-serve option and a crushed ice machine is available too, which is a fun job for the kids to do.
The Last Word
Nandos Spitalfields is a fun, easy lunch break for everyone to enjoy. You’re always sure to leave fully satisfied and filled to the brim of delicious food that erupts with so many very nice flavours.