Ma­rina Prom­e­nade, Dubai Ma­rina

Friday - - Review -

There’s some­thing about this Afro-Por­tuguese out­let that evokes pas­sion­ate re­sponses in din­ers. Per­haps it’s the cel­e­brated peri-peri sauce that people can’t seem to get enough of, or it’s just the cheer­ful at­mos­phere and the staff’s ex­per­tise at whip­ping up chicken del­i­ca­cies of var­i­ous kinds.

Ei­ther way, if the crowds throng­ing at the Ma­rina Prom­e­nade branch were any­thing to go by, then the rooster of Barce­los has found a steady fan fol­low­ing in the UAE.

We rec­om­mend din­ing al fresco, es­pe­cially with the weather hav­ing taken a turn for the bet­ter. Look­ing out at the dreamy, panoramic view of the Ma­rina dot­ted with lux­ury yachts, trail­ing along lan­guidly against the city’s ar­rest­ing sky­line, is the best way to work up an ap­petite.

Not sur­pris­ingly, the place was chock-full of fam­i­lies. First-timers at Nando’s should def­i­nitely opt for its claim to fame – the tra­di­tional quar­ter or half chicken depend­ing on how hun­gry you are. The suc­cu­lent por­tions of chicken thighs are basted in the sauce of your choice. and there’s a con­ve­nient bone­less op­tion for fussy eaters.

The Lit­tle Grown Ups meal for kids is a su­perb value-for-money al­ter­na­tive that tailors flavours, spices and por­tion sizes to suit your child’s palate, leav­ing you free to get ad­ven­tur­ous and sam­ple the peri-peri sauces rang­ing from mild to ex­tra­hot. The lemon and herb sauce is your best bet if you’re not too keen on fiery ex­per­i­ments at the din­ner ta­ble.

No meal at Nando’s is com­plete with­out its de­li­cious sides and the plat­ters and bot­tom­less drinks – ideal for shar­ing – get a big nod from us. The ab­sence of its famed Por­to­bello mush­room burger was a dis­ap­point­ment but there are spreads of sal­ads, veg­gie pita and wraps for those who aren’t fans of bar­be­cued chicken.

Get there early – the place is al­ways

First-timers to Nando’s should def­i­nitely opt for its claim to fame – the tra­di­tional chicken

packed be­cause Nando’s is a re­laxed, de­li­cious dine-in op­tion for the fam­ily with­out break­ing the bank.


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