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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.

236 branches nationwide. Starters from £2.75; mains – half a chicken plus side, £9.10; desserts £3.95. ( 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. (
Canteen friendly all day restaurants serving solid British food at affordable prices. (London only;
Bar Burrito Freshly prepared, great quality Mexican street food. (Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds;
Leon healthy fast food. Admirable ingredient sourcing policies too. (London and Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent;
Gaucho top quality Argentinean steak – pricey but worth it. (London, Leeds and Manchester;

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The article ‘High street dining on trial’ was published in partnership with BBC Olive magazine.

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