My teenager is obsessed with Nandos. To the extent that I bought her a gift voucher for Christmas and it was among her top presents. So as you can imagine, she was utterly thrilled to discover we are finally getting one in Dorchester. Being the lovely Mum that I am, I managed to get my mitts on invites to one of their practice nights, where they open the doors to invited guests from the local area for a free meal to give the staff a rehearsal before the proper opening.
I have never eaten at a Nandos before, and bearing in mind they are a chicken specialist and both me and my other half are vegetarian, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. The branch has opened as part of the new Brewery Square development in Dorchester town centre. I liked the rustic meets funky decor, it is a large spacious branch and we were seated within 5 minutes. Having browsed the menu, I was pleasantly surprised to find 3 vegetarian burger options on the menu- each available in bun, wrap or pitta, and with the normal Nandos spice options.
I opted for the mushroom and haloumi burger with no additional spices as I was sharing mine with Syd. The Other Half went for the medium heat veggie burger, and Betsy had the chicken with medium spices. They both opted for chips and corn-on-the-cob, and I had chips and garlic bread. We all opted for bottomless soft drinks, which you help yourself to as often as you wish.
The food took about 15 minutes to arrive, which is very reasonable, particularly as they were full to the brim. And it was nice, not anything spectatcular, but it was hot and tasty. Syd stole a fair amount of mine so clearly he approved. My Daughter, as always, raved about the chicken- it is her favourite food on the planet, and it didn’t let her down. My other half enjoyed his burger too. The only slight issue was they had both ordered medium corn-on-the-cob, but actually both found it a little too spicy for their palates, a lesson learnt for next time.
The meal on this occasion was free of charge as were all parties who ate that night as part of the trial run. On a normal evening it would have cost approximately £35, which for three and a half of us, places it in the same sort of realm as pub food pricing, with the food being of a similar standard as a good quality pub meal. The staff were very helpful and cheery, the highchair was quickly found and easy to use, and there were crayons etc available for slightly older kids. It is a fun, friendly, eating environment, an ideal venue for a cheap-ish, quick-ish meal with family and friends. My Daughter is going back tomorrow, and I am the sure the rest of us will visit again soon,