Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published September 25th 2012
Nando's has been one of my favourite places to eat ever since I discovered the Strathpine restaurant a few years ago. Much akin to Mexican, Nando's is all about being hot, spicy and saucy but for those who shy away from the heat, there are non-spicy options also. 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 Strathpine Nando's is located on busy Gympie Road, between the Coffee Club and Pizza Capers. It's pretty easy to find and 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. Exotic music is always playing lightly in the background which helps to set the relaxing atmosphere and coax patrons into the Nando's 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, Strathpine, is on dark boards behind the counter. 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. My partner ordered the classic burger meal with mild peri-peri sauce, a regular side of chips with peri-peri salt and a 600ml Sprite. Overall our meals set us back $36.80. Both of our meals, as usual, were delicious.
My large classic wrap meal from Nando's @ Strathpine
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 "for a taste that will blow your mind" (Nando's). Don't try the extra hot on a whim though, apparently it can be pretty eye-watering/mouth-burning/water-guzzling for most (I haven't tried it) as even my partner, whose family is Mauritian in background and love cooking hot Pilau and other such spicy foods, said it was pretty darn hot.
Strathpine Nando's 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.