Dundrum Town Centre is expanding (even in this current economic climate, it appears that people still want to shop) and this expansion includes the first outlet of Nando's in the Republic. For those of you unfamiliar with Nando's, it's a South African chain of restaurants who use the Peri-Peri as a chief ingredient in their dishes.
I've heard that South Africans living in Ireland actually shed tears of delight at the thought of Nando's finally being within easy reach, although apparently the hottest level of spice available in Ireland merely corresponds to average in South Africa. Prior to this, the local South Africans were known to take trips to Belfast in order to enjoy Nando's.
We shared a full chicken, at the spiciest option available, with sides of peri-peri chips and mashed sweet potato. While waiting for our food, we raided the sauce rack and sampled the different sauces at our table. All the sauces (garlic peri-peri, wild herb peri-peri and Extra Hot) had a similar base taste but still featured plenty of variety.
The food arrived quickly and the chicken turned out to be delicious and moist, with the juices gathering underneath. The sweet potato mash was a great accompaniment to the spiciness of the chicken and peri-peri chips. Total cost, including unlimited soft drinks, was €35 approx with excellent quick service.
I'm now a convert of Nando's. How could you not like a place that can roast a chicken in such a manner? There's a lot more to sample from their menu, and I'll definitely be back.