Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published January 27th 2013
Nando's has been one of my favourite places to eat ever since I discovered the Strathpine restaurant a few years ago. Nando's food is hot, spicy and saucy – but there are non-spicy options available for those who shy away from the heat. Nando's is famous for its Portuguese flame-grilled, butterfly-cut chicken, which is marinated for 24 hours before being basted and cooked in Nando's famous peri-peri sauce.
The Carseldine Nando's is located amongst Sushi Train and Pizza Capers within Carseldine Central on Beams Road, just off the busy intersection. It's pretty easy to find and as the car park is quite large car parks are usually pretty easy to get. The branch looks fantastic with neat dark-wood tables and chairs, glass bottles of sauce on every table and signage in yellows, oranges and reds. You can dine inside or out and exotic music is always playing lightly in the background which helps to set the relaxing atmosphere and coax patrons into a feel-good mood.
"No two Nando's restaurants are exactly the same and they are comprised of natural materials sourced from around the globe to create an earthy, homely feel. You can expect colourful, vibrant restaurants with chatty, welcoming ambience" (Nando's website).
The menu at Nando's, Carseldine, is on dark boards behind the counter (as well as being available online). You can order wraps, pitas, burgers, salads, rice, chicken and chicken platters. On my most recent visit I ordered my usual: the classic wrap meal with mild peri-peri sauce, cheese, a large side of chips without peri-peri salt, a 600ml Vanilla Coke and the creamy dipping sauce. Mild peri-peri sauce is usually enough hot sauce for me. The creamy dipping sauce offsets the peri-peri sauce nicely and I like having it on my chips. The ingredients used are always nice and fresh.
When ordering at any Nando's restaurant the wait-staff taking your order will ask you what type of sauce you would like with your meal, and refer you to the Nando's 'Peri-ometer', of which there are four stages: lemon and herb, mild, hot and extra hot. I've only ever had mild and lemon and herb, but for those who prefer their food really hot – the hottest options might be the go. I've heard it can be pretty eye-watering.
Carseldine Nando's (and all other Nando's restaurants that I've dined at) always meets my expectations in customer service; the staff are always friendly, helpful and on-hand. At the counter bottles of Nando's peri-peri sauce are available for purchase, along with fliers of recipe suggestions, so that you can take your Nando's experience home with you. Nando's is also available for pick-up, allowing you to call your local Nando's store from home to order. You just pick your meal up when it's ready.