We all know that when it comes to chicken, Nandos are the poultry perfectors. But, what you didn’t know is that Nandos Boldon, is one of three restaurants within the North East that are trialing three new dishes on the menu. Now until the May 22nd your palates are being treated to the Fino Pitta, a Trio Burger and a brand new Chicken Pitta.
I tucked into the latter first. Different than your average Chicken Pitta this one is new and improved boasting chicken topped with mayo, lettuce, cucumber, peri dried tomatoes, all stuffed into a sourdough pitta bread. Personally, I thought this was great for those who want something light or a more healthier alternative. For me, the sourdough bread is a great improvement, as it gives the pitta more taste. Compared to the previous style of pittas, I also thought the change in bread stopped it ripping open when I was eating it.
I then moved on to the Fino Pitta, which to me was the most exciting new item on the menu. Again, stuffed into a sourdough pitta were two juicy thighs dripping in wild garlic ailoi, caramelised red onion on a bed of crispy lettuce and topped with a helping of gooey halloumi. With an array of different textures and flavours each bite was a taste sensation. I never normally have thighs, but I found them to be very succulent and tender.
Now I never really order a burger from Nandos, I’m more of a butterfly chicken or wrap kinda girl. However, I really hope the Trio Burger stays on the menu because it’s bloody amazing! Boasting a flamed grilled chicken fillet, topped with mayo, spinach, a grilled mushroom, crispy and gooey halloumi and smothered in hot date syrup, it’s a combination of savoury, sweet and oh-so-stickiness.
I wasn’t sure what to expect hot date syrup to taste like, but the zingy flavour really complements the chicken, cheese and sourdough bread. This item isn’t really spicy, it tastes more BBQ – it’s rich, saucy and perfectly grilled.
Since the portion sides are always so generous in Nandos, my friend and I decided to choose four sides and split them. This is ideal if you fancy a little bit of everything. To complement our mains we chose spicy rice, peri peri chips, garlic bread and a couple of slices of halloumi. If you haven’t tried halloumi, I would strongly recommend you do – it’ll change your whole Nandos experience!
I’m also a HUGE fan of the Nandos creamy dressing. Again, I would recommend you try this (your tastebuds will thank me later). However, during my latest visit I noticed they had a brand new sauce called Vusa. If you love spice and want to give your chicken an extra kick, give this a try. Although I always order lemon and herb, I loved drowning my food in this. If you give this a go, keep a glass of water close by!
These three dishes are also available at Nandos, in the yellow mall at the Metrocentre, as well as Nandos inside The Gate, in Newcastle.
Have you tried any of these new items yet? What’s your go-to meal when you visit Nandos?
Sarah Jayne x