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IndustryCasual dining
GenrePortuguese–Mozambican, peri peri chicken
Founded1987, Rosettenville, Johannesburg
Founder(s)Fernando Duarte and Robert Brozin
HeadquartersJohannesburg, South Africa
Key peopleFernando Duarte and Robert Brozin
ProductsChicken and related Portuguese-Mozambican cuisine foods
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IndustryCasual dining
GenrePortuguese–Mozambican, peri peri chicken
Founded1987, Rosettenville, Johannesburg
Founder(s)Fernando Duarte and Robert Brozin
HeadquartersJohannesburg, South Africa
Key peopleFernando Duarte and Robert Brozin
ProductsChicken and related Portuguese-Mozambican cuisine foods

Nando's is a South African casual dining restaurant group originating from the Mozambican–Portuguese community with a Portuguese/Mozambiquan theme.[1] Founded in 1987, Nando's operates about 1,000 outlets in twenty-four countries on five continents and as of 2012 had sales of $650 million.[2][3]

Nando's specializes in chicken dishes with either lemon and herb, Mango and Lime, medium, hot, extra hot or extra extra hot Peri-Peri marinades (properly known as Galinha à Africana). In some countries, Nando's has other flavour options such as Mediterranean.


The restaurant began in 1987 when Portuguese-Mozambican Fernando Duarte along with Robert Brozin bought a restaurant called Chickenland in Rosettenville, southern Johannesburg in South Africa.[4] They renamed the restaurant Nando's, after Duarte.[5]


An example of food served in Nando's

Nando's specialises in flame-grilled Peri-Peri chicken. The chicken is served in quarters, halves, wholes, and butterfly breasts (UK, Ireland and South Africa only). Nando's also serves burgers, pitas, salads, wings and wraps. In some countries, Nando’s sells chicken livers, Espetada (a large stand with a skewer of chicken breast and grilled peppers) and Cataplana (a chicken and rice dish served in a traditional Portuguese copper dish).[6]


Peri-peri (piri piri, pili pili), also known as African Bird's Eye chilli, is a variety of Capsicum frutescens widely grown in East and Southern Africa. Nando's products are basted in one of four Peri-Peri flavours. Nando's has published a book about Peri-Peri called Pain and Pleasure – Peri-Peri the contrasts and contradictions of the African Bird's Eye Chilli.[7]

Nando's sauces[edit]

Nando's manufactures a range of sauces which are sold in Nando's restaurants and in supermarkets. They include Peri-Peri sauces, marinades, cooking sauces and a Peri-Peri Essence.[8]


In 2010, Advertising Age magazine named Nando's as one of the world's top 30 hottest marketing brands.[9]

Global locations[edit]

Nando's locations worldwide

Nando's has locations in Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Botswana, Canada, Cyprus, Fiji, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Mauritius, Namibia, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, UAE, UK, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe.[2]


Nando's take-away in Canal Walk Shopping Mall, Cape Town, South Africa

South African origins[edit]

The first restaurant began in 1987 when Robert Brozin and Fernando Duarte bought a restaurant called Chickenland in Rosettenville, southern Johannesburg.[4]


Nandos has been operating in Botswana since 1993.[2]


There are currently[when?] three Nando's restaurants in Mauritius, one at the Trianon Shopping Centre, the other in the centre of Port Louis, and a third one recently[when?] opened at Bagatelle – The Mall of Mauritius. A further six restaurants are to open within the next 4 years.[when?]


Nando's launched in Namibia in 1995.[2]


Nando's began operating in Zambia in 2002.[2]


In Zimbabwe, there are eight restaurants in Harare, two in Bulawayo and one each in Kwekwe, Gweru and Mutare.[10]


A Nando's franchise in Palmerston North, New Zealand.


Nando's has been in the Australian marketplace since 1990, when the first restaurant opened in Tuart Hill in Western Australia. As of December 2012 there are over 270 restaurants in Australia with further growth planned of around three additional sites per month.[11]


There are 3 Nando's in Fiji.[citation needed]

New Zealand[edit]

Nando's opened their first store in Glenfield in 2000. As of February 2013 there are 30 Nando's in New Zealand: Whangarei, Auckland (18), Hamilton (2), Tauranga, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Wellington (3), Christchurch (2), and Queenstown.[12]


Nando's in Penang, Malaysia
Nando's in Singapore


Nando's has been running in Bangladesh since 2007. The first restaurant was opened in Dhanmondi area. It is running there as a franchised business. All of the outlets in Bangladesh sell halal foods. Currently[when?] it is operated in the prominent locations of Dhaka and Chittagong.


Nando's opened restaurants in India in late 2010. . The Nando's in Bangalore opened on Friday, 3 December 2010 and the official press conference and press release/announcement was on Tuesday, 7 December 2010. As of February 2013, Nando's has two restaurants in Bangalore and one each in New Delhi, Chennai, Chandigarh, and Ludhiana.[13] Nando's plans to open many more restaurants in India.[14]


In Malaysia, Nando's has been established since 1998 and currently[when?], there are 38 restaurants in Malaysia. The latest restaurant opened at Aeons Station 18 Shopping Mall, Ipoh, Perak in April 2012.


Nando's came to Pakistan in 2001 and is one of the oldest trading markets in Asia.[citation needed] Pakistan has seven Nando's outlets, four in Karachi, two in Lahore and one in Islamabad.


In Singapore, Nando's opened its first restaurant on 9 May 2010, located at Bugis Junction. By 2014, the brand has opened other restaurants at Tanglin Mall, Plaza Singapura and Tampines Mall.


United Kingdom[edit]

In 1992, Nando's expanded to the United Kingdom, opening its first restaurant in Ealing, London. As of 10 October 2013, Nando's has 280 restaurants located across the UK, with over 100 of those in London.[15][16][17][18]

In 2009, Nando's UK was awarded Three Stars (highest accolade) in the Best Companies Annual Accreditation Awards – the only entrant in the large companies' category to achieve the three star rating.[19]

Over 50 of the UK's branches serve Halal certified chicken.

Nando's has the largest collection of South African art in the UK, with over 3,000 works displayed in their restaurants.[20]

Republic of Ireland[edit]

Nando's opened in the Republic of Ireland from 2006 onawards. Its restaurants can be found in Cork and Dublin.[21]

North America[edit]

United States[edit]

Nando's has fourteen restaurants in the United States: three in Washington, DC (7th Street NW, 18th Street NW and Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.); eight in Maryland (Annapolis, Baltimore, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, National Harbor, Gambrills and Hanover); and three in Virginia (Arlington, Old Town Alexandria and Woodbridge).[22]


Nando's has operated since 1994 in the Canadian market, with stores in the provinces of British Columbia (Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Abbotsford, Victoria, Kamloops), Alberta (Calgary) and Ontario (Ottawa, Toronto).[15]

Former locations[edit]

Nando's had a presence in the following countries:[23]

Nando's shop[edit]

Nando's has online web stores in the United Kingdom. Customers can purchase a range of Nando's branded sauces, sprinkles and apparel. Nando's also sells their range of sauces and sprinkles through major supermarkets.

Controversial advertising[edit]

Australian illegal immigrants advertisement[edit]

In Australia, Nando's ran an advertising campaign based around the 2002 political controversy regarding the mandatory detention of illegal immigrants. The detainees had been waging a hunger strike campaign, even resorting to physically sewing their lips closed. Nando's adverts proclaimed that the strikers "decided to unsew their lips after hearing the news that with every Nando's quarter chicken combo, Nando's are giving away an extra quarter chicken free". Melbourne's Sphere Advertising said that the ad was designed to spark controversy, saying that they knew that "there's a section of our audience that's going to be uncomfortable...but we want to evoke a response".[24]

Malema advertisement[edit]

During the South African national elections of 2009, Nando's made an advert lampooning African National Congress Youth League then president Julius Malema by using a puppet that resembled him. Malema's lawyers sued Nando's and the original advert was removed. However, an altered version was released, with the puppet's face pixelated and the voice altered. The puppet used in the advert was later sold at auction for R100,000 which was donated to an educational charity.[25]

Last Dictator advertisement[edit]

In 2011 Nando's launched a "Last dictators" advert in South Africa.[26] The 60-second commercial shows a sad Robert Mugabe dining alone at Christmas in a large mansion while he reminisces about "happier times" with former dictators, such as playing water tag with Muammar Gaddafi, making snow angels in the sand with Saddam Hussein, singing Karaoke with Mao Zedong, pushing P. W. Botha on a swing set, and riding a tank with Idi Amin in a similar fashion to Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet embracing each other from the movie Titanic while the music from "Those Were the Days" is being played. Musekiwa Kumbula, holder of the Nando's franchise in Zimbabwe, said his group "strongly feels the advertisement is insensitive and in poor taste". The advert also offended Chipangano, a Zimbabwean youth militia loyal to Mugabe, who then demanded an apology from Nando’s, threatened to boycott the South Africa-based chain, and demanded the ad be withdrawn or the restaurant face retribution.[27] Nando's South Africa subsequently withdrew the advert citing threats to its staff in Zimbabwe from a youth group.[28]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "Nando's Worldwide". Nando's. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph
  4. ^ a b "Nando's Story". Nando's. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  5. ^ Carol Godsmark (21 April 2006). "Nando's, Gunwharf Quays". Portsmouth News. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  6. ^ "Nando's Food". Nando's. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Peri Peri". Nando's. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Our Grocery Range". Nando's. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Marketing". Nando's. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  10. ^ Nando's Chicken Restaurants in Zimbabwe
  11. ^ "Nando's Restaurants near Melbourne". Nando's Australia. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  12. ^ "Restaurant locator". Nando's New Zealand. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  13. ^ "Nando's India". Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  14. ^ "Nando’s plans pan India expansion". Franchise India. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  15. ^ a b Janine Erasmus (17 July 2008). "Nando’s blazes into the US". Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  16. ^ "Restaurants". Nando's. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  17. ^ All About Nando's Peri Peri chicken values, pride and passion at the Wayback Machine (archived February 1, 2009)
  18. ^ "Our Restaurants". Nando's. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  19. ^ "Best Companies". Nando's. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  20. ^ "African Art". Nando's. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  21. ^ Our Restaurants | Nandos Ireland
  22. ^ PCW New Media. "Nando’s Peri Peri family friendly Restaurant experience and relaxed atmosphere in Washington DC". Nando's USA. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  23. ^ As of April 2013 these countries are no longer listed at
  24. ^ Peter Gotting (29 July 2002). "Asylum seekers' plight used to peddle chickens". The Age. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  25. ^ Karyn Maughan (7 May 2009). "Julius puppet finds new home". IOL News. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  26. ^ Seth Rotherham (24 Nov 2011). "Nando’s Releases ‘Last Dictator’ Commercial, Feat. Mugabe, Gaddafi And Hussein". 2OceansVibe. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  27. ^ Angus Shaw (30 Nov 2011). "'Last dictator' spoof angers Mugabe faithful". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  28. ^ "Nando's 'Mugabe' ad causes controversy in South Africa". BBC News. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 

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