Nando’s Restaurant, Friar Street, ReadingBy Sarah Dave
January 15, 2009
If you’re not already, Nando’s is one of those places that puts you in a good mood instantly. Buzzing with light and laughter, sizzling Latino music and smiling faces, it’s a great place to go any time of the week.
My guest and I decided to try out the Friar Street branch – smaller than the sprawling Oracle venue at the Riverside but that makes it all the more intimate and cosy especially for couples.
The theme is chicken in various states of spiciness but this is no ordinary fowl outlet – this is chicken with panache.
You can get it medium, hot and extra hot or go cool and have lemon and herb or mango and lime-marinated meat. You can also have it straight-up flame grilled or encased in a burger or pitta.
We started with an appetiser of houmous with Peri-Peri drizzle (£2.95) you can drip all over and fingers of fluffy, warm pitta bread with which to scoop the dip.
Other starters included red pepper dip with pitta bread, also £2.95, spicy mixed olives (£2.80) and Peri-Peri spiced nuts (£2.50).
There are all manner of combinations for mains. Keeping it simple, you can go for just a quarter, half or a whole chicken on its own, or have it with various side dishes such as chips, garlic bread (£1.70 for regular, £3.35 for large) or the ‘fino’ sides (Portuguese for posh) of ratatouille or sweet potato mash (both £3.25 or a mixed leaf salad is £3.60).
I opted for a half chicken marinated in mango and lime (despite being mocked by my guest for not going for the hotter options) with spicy rice and coleslaw on the side (£8.50).
My chilli-loving friend ordered the chicken breast and pineapple in pitta with chips and corn-on-the-cob (£8).
Weaker palates can also chow down on a range of salads (between £6.05 and £7.95) and under-10s can get chicken marinated in milder baste or no baste at all with Nandinos meal deals, all for just £3.95.
These also include a regular side dish and either a bottomless frozen yoghurt or fruit juice iced lolly.
All the usual drinks are on the menu – including bottomless Coke, Fanta and Sprite (£1.90 per person) – as well as Sangria and various wines.
I had a delightfully fresh and fruity Cara Viva Rosé which complemented the chicken.
For a sizzling night out in a relaxed environment, Nando’s is great.
It also does takeaway.
- Telephone: (0118) 951 1460
- Website: www.nandos.co.uk
- Address: Nando's
30-31 Friar Street,