While the rest of the world thinks that there is a food shortage in Qatar due to the continuing political crisis (and blockade) in the country, here’s one proof that WE ARE FINE. South African casual dining restaurant, Nando’s, opens its newest branch at Doha Festival City.
Last night, I was invited to dinner with members of media and other bloggers as they conduct a dry run of their operation before officially opening today.
As a Nando’s regular myself, I am happy to have the same relaxed dining experience that I have grown to love and rave about (aside from the food of course). The restaurant beams with that familiar blend of South African colors and accents among its decorations and palette.
This month, Nando’s wants you to try their Cataplanas which now comes in three variants: Originale, Porto and Algarve.
Cataplana Originale, one of Nando’s best sellers combines Peri-peri chicken thighs, grilled seasonal vegetables, spicy rice and cataplana Sauce.
Cataplana Algarve, obviously derived from Algarve in Portugal, combines Peri-peri chicken thighs, grilled mixed peppers, chickpeas, and parsley on top of spicy rice.
Lastly, Cataplana Porto combines succulent Peri-peri chicken thighs, tossed with black mushroom, olives, and parsley atop of spicy rice.
It is a tough call to decide which one is my favorite as each has its distinct flavor. I like the char-flavor of Algarve while the nutty and meaty flavor of the black mushroom combined with olives of Porto was equally delightful. And of course, you can never go wrong with the Originale. Verdict: Why choose, when you can have it all?
Also, be sure to end your meals with equally irresistible desserts. Go full Portuguese and try the creamy and delectable Pastel de Natas.
Nando’s Festival City Branch officially opens today and is located on the First Floor, next to Vox Cinema, Al Shamal Road, Umm Salal Mohammed, Doha.