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Nando’s Peri Bites

Nando’s Peri Bites are fiery green chillies stuffed with tender strips of grilled chicken. Or so the official version says.

In reality they’re not fiery. They’ll tease your taste buds for sure, but that’s just about it. If you’re looking for setting your taste buds on fire, this isn’t the right dish.

Although the official version says ‘stuffed with tender strips of grilled chicken’, in reality this wasn’t the case. The strips were few and far in between. In fact in some of the chillies, they were as good as absent.

One of the drawbacks of the peri bites was that they were not hot enough, hot as in heated enough. It seemed they had been prepared beforehand and just microwaved before serving.

Of course with the level of traffic Nando’s generating, they would have to be prepared well in advance. But at least they ought to be heated properly before serving.

Nando's Peri Bites are fiery green chillies stuffed with tender strips of grilled chicken.

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The biggest shortcoming of the peri bites was, however, the lack of any dip sauce to go with it. This is criminal by any standard, especially when all the other foreign franchises are offering some sort of dip to go along with their starters.

What was even more criminal was that the waiter asked if we needed any dip sauce to go with the peri bites, we said of course we do. But then without informing us whether the sauce was on the house or to be charged, he went ahead and brought a sort of mayonnaise which we later on the bill to be their Perinaise sauce which costs a whopping Rs.100 for a mere scoop of the stuff. It’s not the price that is the issue. We’ve had far more expensive appetizers before.

It’s the whole way of presenting and dealing with it. The peri bites cost Rs.210 for a mere six pieces. Add to that the Perinaise and the GST on them and the cost comes out to be Rs.360.

If we were Nando’s, we would fix the Peri Bites price at Rs.360, and then include the Perinaise sauce in it by default. And oh yes, the number of pieces would be eight not six, making sure that they’re really stuffed with chicken strips as claimed in the menu.

And they would be served piping hot. So with just a few minor adjustments, Nando’s can make the Peri Bites from just good enough to super duper remarkable. That’s what great branding is all about.

Nando’s Gourmet Burger

Nandos has tried to cash in on the Gourmet Burger mania sweeping Pakistan especially Karachi with the arrival of Hardees by coming up with its own version of a Gourmet Burger.

Traditionally, Nandos has a very conservative approach to launching schemes compared to KFC and Pizza Hut who launch schemes at the drop of a hat. Only once in a blue moon does Nando’s come up with a new product or scheme.

Their last big product was the Espetada Rustica and that was almost two years ago. And now Nandos has come up with the Gourmet Burger.

We went in to review the new burger. Although Nando’s has been offering a couple of burgers ever since it launched in Pakistan, the new offering is obviously to jump on the gourmet burger bandwagon initiated by local restaurateurs who brought home the concept of this premium burger from abroad.

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The burger costs Rs.475, with taxes it comes out to be Rs.551. We took one of their designer drinks as well called Citra which cost Rs.140 as opposed to the normal soft drink. All in all, the bill per person came out to be Rs.713.

Compare this with any of the other gourmet burgers available in town and this will come out to be one of the most if not the most expensive gourmet burger in both foreign and local brands. Only Gun Smoke fares worse than this on the price. At Hardee’s you can have an appetite busting meal at that amount. At GBC which is the latest local gourmet burger option in town, the total burger meal costs about Rs.550 on an average.

On its own, the burger is delectable. It comprises of a grilled chicken breast loaded with onions and smeared with sweet aubergines and hummus. The size of the burger is the first thing that catches you off-guard. It’s way too small for a gourmet burger especially at this price. Although Nando’s has done well to throw in two sidelines for good measure, fries and coleslaw, those two are pretty much the category standard at least in the local gourmet burger segment. Although these two sidelines are fixed, the staff is flexible enough to change it to any sideline on the menu. We chose the spicy wedges and the coleslaw.

The coleslaw was sumptuous. Although it didn’t conform to the industry standard of being sweet, being on the savory side, it was really something.

The designer drink Citra was a concoction of sprite, citrus and what not. Not bad really, but at Rs.140 plus tax is asking too much for a drink with no real fruit or any expensive ingredient in it.

Verdict: It’s a good enough burger and combined with the sidelines it will satiate the appetite of the average person. However at the end of the day it’s a simple burger and as such categorizing it under the gourmet segment is doing injustice to it.

Nando’s Menu Karachi

Nando’s  complete menu for Karachi, Pakistan which is revised and updated till November 2011.

Nando's menu of Pakistan updated as of November 2011.

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