Lovers of churrasqueiras (aka BBQ chicken) who live in the College Park neighbourhood have reason to rejoice! Nando’s, the international king of Peri Peri chicken recently opened its doors at Bay and College earlier this year. Never heard of Nando’s? Then read on.
In a nutshell, Nando’s is a South African restaurant renowned the world over for their signature flame-grilled Peri-Peri chicken. The first restaurant began in 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa and since then has spread to over twenty-four countries on five continents.
Nando’s is far from your average chain restaurant though. What really makes them stand out from the rest is their Peri-Peri sauce. Believe us when we say the Peri-Peri chicken is absolutely mouth watering. The Piri Piri chillies (Swahili word for pepper pepper) in the sauce are grown in Central and Southern Africa. The chillies are mixed with citrus peel, onion, garlic, pepper, salt, lemon juice, bay leaves, paprika, pimiento, basil, oregano, and tarragon. A sinfully delightful concoction if you ask us.
The College and Bay location is one of the best in Canada and the decor is inspired by their main headquarters in South Africa. Our top picks are the Peri chicken sandwich or the grilled chicken livers, which both come served on a Portuguese bun. The meat is tender and just falls off the bone, and the seasoning is really flavorful without being overwhelming. Vegetarians don’t despair! You can also enjoy their signature Peri-Peri sauce on their whole wheat veggie wrap or veggie sandwich. And whether you’re a chicken lover or vegeterian, you definitely have to order the Peri-Peri fries with your meal.
All it takes is one visit to Nando’s and you’ll never set foot in Swiss Chalet again. We bet on that.