Our love for Nando’s truly knows no bounds. It’s international, you can eat it on a diet, and you can even get it delivered to your door. The human race really is peaking. Just as good as our beloved Peri-Peri chicken, of course, are the wonderful chips.
But despite knowing more about the brand than we do our own grandparents, a revelation about the brand has bamboozled a lot of people. Nando’s fries have gotten a lot of attention for a very important reason.
A local newspaper in Leicester, a region in the East Midlands of the UK, interviewed a former Nando’s employee, who revealed: “The chips served at Nando’s are actually supplied by McCain.” Think that bag of chips at the back of your bottom freezer drawer, but on an industrial, feed-800,000-plus-and-rising scale.
The ex-employee, who worked in a London branch of the High Street restaurant has revealed other secrets about the popular chain every diner should know. If you think Quincy Jones had the tea two weeks ago, get out the good china, because we’re in for a treat.
A Nandos spokesperson confirmed the news, explaining that they have a special partnership with McCain Potato Products, saying: “As per standard industry practice, some of our non-meat items are delivered frozen, such as our hugely popular chips which we developed in partnership with McCain and are exclusive to Nando’s.” Not quite oven chips, but still a revelation.
The employee added that you should never be tempted to try the drinks scam – which is when you ask for tap water but re-fill it with a soft drink. It’s frowned upon by staff, but it’s something of a tradition between those who are loyal to Nando’s (yet somehow not loyal enough to buy a drink in support of the chain). You will be charged if you get caught.
It’s not all negative news, though. The employee revealed that there are several secret menu hacks, like being able to make your own burrito. Simply do this by asking for your normal order in a wrap, and requesting a side of spicy rice which you can then fill your wrap with, turning your already delicious meal into a sexy Spanish-African hybrid.
On top of this, the former employee said you should request the chicken breast when ordering your meal, as you will get more meat this way. The employee also revealed that Nando’s meat is not organic, and comes to the restaurants already marinated.
Also according to the Nando’s worker, the olives – which are pretty pricey in themselves at £3.60 ($5.03) – are very poor value for money, because staff are told to only add one layer in each ramekin. This means you get roughly eight or nine olives per serving, as the dish also comes with large pieces of garlic.
The former Nando’s worker revealed that many of your favourite side dishes are likely to have been frozen, including macho peas and pitta breads. The veggie burgers arrive at restaurants frozen too. If any of this news jars you, at least you know you could easily make Nandos at home. Pass the Peri-Peri salt, please.