About Us

Africa: Where The Fire Began

The story of Nando’s starts hundreds of years ago with the first Portuguese explorers who set sail for the East in search of the legendary spice route.

Lured by the promises of our beautiful continent, they came ashore and there, under our famous sun, they discovered the African Bird’s Eye Chilli or as we know it (and love it), PERi-PERi. Unique in its properties, they used it to create a one-of-a-kind sauce that ignited the fires of passion inside them.

A few centuries later, in 1987, it was the same PERi-PERi sauce that inspired Fernando Duarte to invite his buddy Robbie Brozin to a small Portuguese eatery in Rosettenville, South Africa, to try some PERi-PERi marinated chicken. In his own words, "I knew nothing about the food business, I just knew that it was the best chicken I had ever tasted."

It was an all-consuming love at first bite and the beginning of a passionate, fiery journey that changed the way people saw (and ate) chicken in South Africa. It’s a journey that continues in every Nando’s restaurant across the planet. 

Today, many years later, you can find Nando’s restaurants, our delicious, addictive sauces and our world-famous grocery range around the globe. Whether this is your first time touching the fire, or you're a regular guest, we’ll always be here to fire it up and welcome you with a serving of flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken! 

Bon Proveito!

 

The Nando’s Way

When you say howzit, heita or hello at a Nando’s, the one thing you’re guaranteed to find, besides our legendary chicken, is a warm South African welcome and a smile to make you feel at home.

Each one of our restaurants has its own unique design, but they all have earthy textures and colours that remind us of our sunny Afro-Portuguese roots and feature original, local South African art and unique design touches that make it the perfect place to sit down and enjoy the best food you’ve ever tasted.

Afro-Luso beats and friendly service add to the vibe, and then there’s the secret ingredient – our flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken.

We’ve set the eating experience on fire and we can’t wait for you to join our table because if there’s one thing we love as much as PERi-PERi, it’s lots of people to enjoy it with!

Our Promise

Personally signed by Nando, the Escudo is our passion-filled promise to give customers the excellent quality and flavour that they expect. It's the Nando's stamp of quality and something that we take very personally. 

                                        

 

From Limpopo to Kloof Street, every one of our restaurants has the Escudo promise on its walls. We know our integrity lies in providing only the best products and service and that’s why the Escudo is such an important symbol to Nando's and why it holds pride of place on our packaging and in our store.

Did we spark a flame or were we lame? Call us on 0860113332 and give us your feedback. We’re committed to giving you the best possible experience so please let us know if that isn’t the case. 

 

A tasty discovery

“It tantalises the tastebuds and adds passion to a meal!”
Our brave Portuguese forefathers

PERi-PERi – or the African Bird’s Eye Chilli – didn’t just fall out of the sky (Unless the seed fell from a bird’s mouth that is!). Our brave Portuguese forefathers were introduced to it when they reached Africa way back in the 15th Century.

A spice so nice, they named it twice, they added this fiery little number to a handful of herbs, spices, a squeeze of sun-ripened lemons and a dash of garlic to create the first ever PERi-PERi sauce. Imagine if they’d simply stayed at home?

Like most family recipes, we’re not about to give ours away, but we can tell you our PERi-PERi will put fire in your belly and ignite passion in your soul. Some even say it causes an oh-so-good endorphin release. Others are convinced it’s an aphrodisiac. But… we’ll leave that for you to find out. Enjoy!