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Drink
A mango quencher, £2.75, should be placed next to your plate while eating the extra hot sauce. Or try a Portuguese Sagres beer, £3.15. For wine, choose Quinta de Aveleda Vinho Verde, £15.30, or Grand’Arte Shiraz, £15.75, both from Portugal.

Insider tip
A full platter includes a whole chicken plus two large, or four regular, sides, £17.90, and easily serves two.

Details
236 branches nationwide. Starters from £2.75; mains – half a chicken plus side, £9.10; desserts £3.95. (nandos.co.uk) TH visited the Upper Street and Camden branches, London

Quality: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Choice: 6/10
Provenance: 4/10
Value: 9/10
Total: 33/50

Other chains you can trust
Gusto great, regional Italian pizza and pasta chain, based mainly in Edinburgh and the north of England. (gustorestaurants.uk.com)
Canteen friendly all day restaurants serving solid British food at affordable prices. (London only; canteen.co.uk)
Bar Burrito Freshly prepared, great quality Mexican street food. (Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds; barburrito.co.uk)
Leon healthy fast food. Admirable ingredient sourcing policies too. (London and Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent; leonrestaurants.co.uk)
Gaucho top quality Argentinean steak – pricey but worth it. (London, Leeds and Manchester; gauchorestaurants.co.uk)

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