SPICE IS RIGHT
AVING revelled in the charms of Sunshine On Leith, the irresistible musical drama built around The Proclaimers' best tunes, could Nandos help keep the warm glow of the evening going?
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We have visited this Llanelli outpost before, in its first week of trading, when, it has to be said, we were met with a few teething problems.
But it seems they have more than hit their stride these days.
Once you have negotiated a fairly complex menu of set choices, Nando's is, I guess, one of those places people return to again and again because they know exactly what their food is going to look and taste like, no matter which one they visit.
I wouldn't usually see that identikit approach to food as a good thing.
But in Nandos' case I think it is a plus.
Their MO is very simple: they serve chicken which has been marinated for at least 24 hours in a pungent, zingy peri peri bath, then grilled over an open flame, along with a range of satisfying and wholesome side dishes.
And they do it well.
After sharing a dish of hummus, heavily laced with tahini, and a vibrant and memorable red pepper dip, I opted for a medium heat quarter chicken, served up with chips and coleslaw. (£7.20 for the three)
My other half plumped for the steak roll with fresh and zingy macho peas. That dish saw these pedestrian vegetables perked up no end with chilli, parsley and mint.
And our visitor opted for a quarter chicken with the peas.
With extra sauces on hand to boost the heat or the moisture of the dishes, eating at Nandos has an altogether satisfying serve-yourself-and-suit-yourself attitude. But staff are on hand to make sure you are happy too.
The place was half-full when we popped in on a Thursday night with couples dotted about and with several scrums of beefy, sporty looking lads who, I imagine, appreciate a good feed.
The decor is always eye catching at Nandos, adding to the exotic atmosphere.
The Llanelli branch sports eye-catching blown glass, apple shaped light fittings, vibrant tile mosaics and African art wall coverings.
A trio of Portuguese beers (£3.60)— a Sagres and two Superbock — were just the ticket too, and a cool reminder of summer holidays in Portugal.
All in all Nandos was just what we wanted, when and where we wanted it: a convenient stop-over to extend a sweet evening, with an informal, friendly feel.
AT: Eastgate Shopping Centre, Llanelli.
YOU SHOULD GO IF... You love zingy, flavoursome food in an informal setting.