Nando's has long been known as a casual eating establishment with the ability to cater to a variety of culinary preferences. Although it is known for succulent chicken dishes, it caters to a wide variety of tastes, including those of children and vegetarians. Health conscious people will have no problem finding nutritious and low-fat options while those looking to splurge on a meal out will find decadent offerings.
Nando's is a popular restaurant specializing in char-grilled chicken. The first restaurant opened in 1987 in South Africa and the chain boasts a presence in 34 countries on five continents. Nando's popularity is attributed to how the chicken is prepared; it is marinated for 24 hours in a signature Peri-Peri sauce and flame-grilled. Chicken can be basted based on your personal taste. For example, those who prefer a milder flavor can chose lemon and herb while those who are more daring can chose a medium, hot, or extra hot option.
Nando's offers a variety of appetizers. The Hummus Peri Drizzle with Pita Bread contains 637 calories, 25 grams of fat and 1202 milligrams of sodium. Remove the pita bread and have just 4 ounce serving of the Hummus Peri Drizzle with just 307 calories, 25 grams of fat and 522 milligrams of sodium. A 6 ounce serving of Spicy Mixed Olives contains 186 calories, 18 grams of fat and 1027 milligrams of sodium.
Vegetarians and meat-eaters will find something on the menu at Nando's. A Quarter Chicken with a breast and wing has 299 calories, 19 grams of fat and 716 milligrams of sodium. The Butternut Squash & Cous Cous Salad has 362 calories, 14 grams of fat and 1033 milligrams of sodium. If you chose a sandwich, the Chicken Breast Wrap has 573 calories, 17 grams of fat, and 1230 milligrams of sodium; the Haloumi Burger has 596 calories, 23 grams of fat and 2514 milligrams of sodium.
Side dishes at Nando's are ordered separately and compliment the main dish. An 8 ounce serving of French Fries has 454 calories, 27 grams of fat and 774 milligrams of sodium. A 6 ounce serving of Slaw has 168 calories, 16 grams of fat and 62 milligrams of sodium. The Butternut Squash & Grilled Corn has 196 calories, 4 grams of fat and 535 milligrams of sodium.
Nando's has an enticing selection of desserts. A slice of the Carrot Cake has 1136 calories, 81 grams of fat and 617 milligrams of sodium. A slice of the Blue Berry Ice Cream has 247 calories, 14 grams of fat and 61 milligrams of sodium. If you are looking for something a bit more lean, try the Mango Sorbet. A 4 ounce serving has 99 calories, 0 grams of fat and 1 milligram of sodium.
According to The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, “More than 12 million Americans have food allergies. That’s one in 25, or 4 percent of the population.” Nando's caters to those who suffer from food allergies with detailed information regarding potential allergens including egg, fish, milk, monosodium glutamate (MSG), peanuts, shellfish, soy, sulfites, tree nuts and wheat. Similarly, the restaurant provides extensive nutritional information regarding meals that are gluten-free.
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