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Nando's Peri-Peri

819 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 898-1225
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Nando's Peri-Peri is a great option when you are looking for a quick meal. It's a breath of fresh air when you are in a rut of other chains, and it also serves beer and wine. You ...


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Cross-continental spicy chicken 8/31/2010

Nando’s is successful take on upscale fast food. Sure, its chicken and some sauce, but to compare it to a quick burger joint would be wrong. The “peri-peri” sauce is a tangy mélange of African and Portuguese roots. Go for the chicken combos, with filling carb-ful sides like excellent regular or sweet potato mash. Nando’s is an international chain, but manages at least to look a little classy while offering offbeat fare – look out for the chicken livers, which, like everything else, you can coat in five kinds of peri-squared sauce. more

Quick, cheap and tasty! 7/23/2010

Nando's Peri-Peri is a great option when you are looking for a quick meal. It's a breath of fresh air when you are in a rut of other chains, and it also serves beer and wine. You can choose from a range of spices for the chicken, and sandwiches, wraps or just plain chicken. I keep going back for the chicken wrap which comes with a spicy sauce, and cool cream based sauce to dampen the spices (get it with the optional pineapple - mmm). The mashed potatoes are good, but the corn on the cob was pretty dry and boring. If you are at the chinatown location this is a great pre-movie dinner option! Pros: lots of options, quick, Cons: some sides better than others more

Quick, Healthy Alternative to Fast Food 5/18/2010

Nando's is great for when you want to avoid the calories from a Big Mac but want your meal almost as fast as you can get one. The chicken here is very tasty and the sauces they offer are each delicious and accompany the chicken very well. I'm a fan of their chicken wrap, especially with it's chutney sauce. Side dishes here are OK - their cole slaw is pretty good but haven't been enticed enough to try any others. If you've got kids, Nando's also has options for children. Pros: different than McD's or Burger King, fairly healthy, cheap Cons: can only go here if you want chicken more

2008 Fall Dining Guide 10/11/2008

2008 Dining Guide 2008 Fall Dining Guide By Tom Sietsema Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 "Putting the chic in chicken" reads a sign above the open grill. No kidding. A self-service import by way of South Africa, Nando's Peri-Peri serves its fast and sometimes fabulous food in a Penn Quarter space that bucks the usual corporate design formula for pendant lights that look like shooting stars, splashy African art and chairs that resemble Eames pieces. The signature ingredient is grilled to order and served at whatever degree of zip you desire, from a simple lemon-and-herb baste to "extra hot," which is true to its word with an emphasis on birds-eye chili peppers, or peri-peri. The eating is sublime no matter your choice, since the chicken (available as wings, a quarter, a half or a whole) is fresh and first marinated in vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil. Adding to the pleasure are generous side dishes (I'm partial to the sweet and creamy coleslaw and yellow rice speckled with minced bell peppers) and such novelties as the chicken liver and feta salad. Trust me, you'll love it. You'll also appreciate the big public sink in the middle of the dining room, for freshening up if you've used your fingers instead of a knife and fork. Less amusing: salads that sometimes taste as if they were pulled directly from the refrigerator (they're freezing) and spacey clerks to take your order at the counter. Even so, this is the rare chain (800 locations in 30 countries) where you might find yourself wanting to linger; the music combines African and Portuguese rhythms; there's wine to be had; and the booths are padded in leather. Coming soon: an even hotter sauce, Triple XXX, and a second location in Dupont Circle this winter. more

Editorial review from 7/15/2008

Good to Go Right or wrong, we tend not to write about chain restaurants. As hard-core food folks, we generally favor the independent guys. But Nando's Peri-Peri, a South African outfit with restaurants in 34 countries, isn't just any chain. It's a food cult. Oprah Winfrey and comedian Ricky Gervais are groupies, the company says. On Facebook, there's an international Nando's fan club more than 30,000 members strong. There's also a smaller 13-member group called Bring Nando's to America: "This group is for people who want a Nando's Chicken restaurant to open in America," the founder writes. "1 location! Anywhere in the United States. If you build it, we will come." Message received. Last week, the first U.S. Nando's Peri-Peri opened in Penn Quarter. And fans won't be disappointed. The restaurant, in stark contrast with some of the chain's earlier outlets I used to visit in London, is soaring and quite stylish. Pendant lights on long silver ropes glimmer like stars over the tables, an exposed brick wall displays colorful paintings by African artists, and a high counter, where you order, is made of eco-chic, rough-hewn wood. The food is what the fans have been missing. First, there's the grilled chicken, basted with the signature Afro-Portuguese vinegar-spiked chili sauce ($8.95 for a half-chicken with one side; $10.45 with one deluxe or two regular sides). Each bird is grilled to order, so the meat is juicy. It's also packed with flavor from the sauce, which comes in four levels of heat: lemon and herb, medium, hot and extra hot. The sides weren't as great, however. Fries were starchy and soft; the spicy rice had no spice (or salt, for that matter). Perhaps they're trying to balance the heat of the peri-peri? Stick with grilled corn on the cob ($2.25 regular, $3.95 large) or a "fino" (deluxe) side such as the butternut squash with corn and cranberries ($4.45). The chicken platters will draw people in, but other items are worth a look. We loved the tender meat on the chicken breast sandwich ($7.45 with one side, $8.95 with one deluxe or two regular sides) served on a soft Portuguese roll. And we were wowed by a vegetarian alternative, which beautifully blended the meatiness of a roasted portobello mushroom with salty halloumi cheese and sweet chili jam. We even liked the chicken livers ($5.25 with one side, $6.75 with two). Our order had about six pieces, a lot for one person, but if you like liver, you'll love these. Try them with extra hot sauce, which cuts through the fat. In its first week, Nando's fans already had flocked to their chicken heaven. Translation: If you're getting takeout, call ahead. A large order can take more than 20 minutes to prepare. The next location is slated for Dupont Circle (1210 18th St. NW) early next year. -- Jane Black (Good to Go, July 16, 2008) more
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  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu: 11:30 am-10 pm; Fri-Sat: 11:30 am-11 pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northwest Washington, Downtown, Northwest