Nando’s with Erin
It’s that time of the week again. Erin and I love our Nando’s. We make it a habit to visit once every week or two. We usually order a whole chicken with large peri chips with half mild and half extra hot ($22.95). Not today. Today Erin decided to take it to the next level and try it with the hot basting.
The restaurant was very busy for 5:30PM. We managed to get the last table by the window. Tables were being cleared and cleaned promptly for the next guests to be served. The girl at the counter was tentative and polite as she took our order. First impressions were off to a great start. Once we were seated, the food came out very quickly (8 minutes) for Nando’s standards. The chips however were still on their way, but I really didn’t mind as I usually eat them towards the middle of my meal.
The chicken was generously basted and surprisingly well cooked. The skin was crispy and the meat was very juicy. Somehow, even the breast meat was dripping with basting. The only other Nando’s that had meat like this was Applecross before I stopped working there back in 2006. They must have pierced the meat with the tongs in the thickest parts for the basting to better penetrate the meat. I was thoroughly impressed.
Not too long after, the chips were brought to our table and they were still glistening in their cooking oil and covered in the peri salt. They must’ve just drained them from the fryer as they were piping hot and ridiculously crunchy. The peri salt was brilliant as always. The only thing that could’ve been improved was if it had a bit more peri salt. That being said, I like to have my chips pretty much covered in the stuff so for the normal person, it would’ve sufficed.
Erin was really enjoying her meal. It was hot, but she definitely enjoyed it. We cheated a bit by going over to Hungry Jack’s next door and grabbed their $1 large frozen coke to soothe the heat. The spice also made her lips very red and nose runny so I made sure there were plenty of napkins on standby.
Compared to the Nando’s in Palmyra, Myaree really stood out. The service was what you can expect from any Nando’s store but the food on our visit was just so well done. The generously basted chicken and fresh peri chips may have found themselves a new regular. Goodbye Palmyra, hello Myaree.