I love me some peri-peri Chicken – and the hotter the better. Here in South Africa (and increasingly abroad) there’s one name that’s synonymous with the stuff: Nando’s.
I’ll be frank though. I think Nando’s is a little overrated. Their prices have shot up while the quality of their chicken has shot right down. It’s forced me to explore other avenue for my fix of chilli-basted chicken – and thankfully there are quite a few options. When I’m looking for great peri peri chicken, there are three spots that grab me by the plums – and one of them is quite literally within walking distance. That one would be the family-run, always busy and flippin fantastic O Peri Peri, in Edenglen. They have marinated chilli-basted chickens, they’re great value for money too.
When I’m feeling a tad more adventurous though, I head off to dodgier parts of town, and grab my chicken from one of Joburg’s oldest; the kitsch and campy, yet gloriously unfussy Flamingo restaurant at the Troyeville hotel. Yes, it may not be in the most savoury part of town, but their chicken makes the trip worth it. The other one – and this is one of my favourite places to eat – is the equally unassuming Adega do Monge (the original and best – not related to those other awful places called Adega) in Johannesburg’s Kensington. I tend to have a poultry overload there; because there’s no way I can go and resist their codorniz frita; irresistible fried quail.
And now I’m hungry.
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Last Updated: October 21, 2014