Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Chuck Shop's Peri-Peri Nice; Nando's Silverlink Leisure Park, Osprey Drive. NE28 9ND Phone: 0191 262 3685 Hours: Open: 11.30am-10pm Food: Service: Ambience: Overall: What We Ate:

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Chuck Shop's Peri-Peri Nice; Nando's Silverlink Leisure Park, Osprey Drive. NE28 9ND Phone: 0191 262 3685 Hours: Open: 11.30am-10pm Food: Service: Ambience: Overall: What We Ate:

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Byline: Angela Upex FOOD REVIEW chick

IT stands proud overlooking the hell that is known as Silverlink car park. Nando's, a twinkling beacon in a land of retail and leisure dreams ready to feed the masses. To be honest, when I go out to eat with the family I want the experience to be special and for the restaurant name to have a ring to it.

So I've always avoided Nando's, which is why, when my teenage charges pointed it out as we returned to the car, I initially dismissed it. However, hunger pangs were growing for the kids, so I was persuaded to give it a whirl.

I'm glad we did. To write Nando's off because of its name would be unfair. It may be part of a nationwide chain, but it is an extremely lively and efficient restaurant.

FOOD By Angela We were all thirsty so wasted no time in ordering drinks, diet Cokes for all four of us were PS2.50 each and they can be replenished as many times as you want.

Nando's chain (there are now over 200 in the UK) began life in South Africa when its founders took over a peri-peri restaurant called Chickenland. Along the way it changed name (probably wisely) and grew in popularity.

I think kids like it because it is cool - even Jay-Z had a Nando's backstage after the Brits.

But alas, we're not rock stars, just your average tired and grumpy band of shoppers, so expectations were high when the kids uttered: "Mam, you'll love it.'' What I don't love is queuing, and that's exactly what I had to do on arrival. However, the queue went down in minutes.

The menu is comprehensive, and offers a good choice of alcoholic, soft drinks and food. It's very unpretentious, and you queue up again to order. And, if it's choice you're after, Upex you couldn't ask for more, including chicken every way you can imagine it, vegetarian choices, burgers, special guest options and salads.

We opted to share a generous bowl of Nando's peri-peri (the Swahili for "pepper-pepper") nuts. They were, as my dad would say, "spicy enough to blow your stack off'' but strangely moreish as everyone tried to covet the bowl. …

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