Fast food with a Portuguese flavour
By Sachie Fernando
It's another addition to Lanka's burgeoning chain of fast food restaurants. Promising a new experience for diners, Nando's opened at Crescat Boulevard last week.

Nando's, an international chain having 460 outlets in 30 different countries is in Sri Lanka with the backing of three investors, Sarath Wikramanayake, Rohitha Wickremarathne and Roshan Dharmarathne.

Marinated flame-grilled chicken is their signature dish, basted to mouth-watering perfection with Nando's peri peri sauce. Chairman Nando's International, Fernando Duarte says,"Independent research confirms Nando's food is low in cholesterol, sodium and saturated fat compared to the other food chains around the world." Avoiding preservatives, colourings or flavourings ,their meat is halal certified and they insist on premium quality in everything, from food and service to health and hygiene, he says.

" This spicy Portuguese orientation suits the Sri Lankan palate," adds Duarte, confident that Sri Lankans would identify with Nando's. Trevine Gomes, CEO Nando's Sri Lanka says that they've been working hard for more than one and a half years to make this project a success. Their staff was trained in South Africa in order to make available the special taste of Portugal to Sri Lankan customers, he said.

The Nando's chain has won several awards. Nando's UK was presented with the Best Emerging Brand Award, sponsored by The Sunday Times in Britain and their peri peri sauce was voted as the UK's number one sauce in the chilli sauce category.

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