Where we’ve come from. Where we’re going

Nando’s started from humble beginnings in a small town called Rosettenvile in Johannesburg, South Africa. One afternoon in 1987, two friends went for lunch at a humble Portuguese eatery. As their meal drew to a close, they knew that they had both tasted something that had to be shared. Today, Nando’s has approximately 1200 restaurants on 5 continents, including Europe, North America, Australasia, Asia and Africa. Our flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken is famous in the GCC, with restaurants in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. We are very proud to now call The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia home!

Our way of working

Our main aim is to simply create memorable experiences for everyone who has a bit (or a lot) of Nando’s in their life – our guests, communities, founders and suppliers. In fact, it’s everyone we work with. How do we do it? Good question.

It really comes down to the fact that we genuinely care for one another. We want everyone in our family to be happy and succeed, so we keep an eye out for each other, inspire each other and celebrate with each other.

Our informal approach to work means we don’t take ourselves too seriously, and that everyone can be true to themselves. Who we are at work is who we are at home.

Since the very beginning, our values have been our guiding light. Pride, passion, courage, integrity and most of all family, are the 5 things we live and breathe, every day.

Everyone at Nando’s has their own story relating to one or more of our values…

What’s happened so far

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PERi-PERi is the heart and soul of Nando’s. Its story is our story. For centuries the people of Southeast Africa have used PERi-PERi to bring fire to their food. It is in Mozambique’s rich soil and blistering sunshine that the African Bird’s Eye Chilli grows into its fiery best. When Portuguese explorers arrived there, they were enchanted by its flavour. They added a squeeze of lemon and a kick of garlic and turned PERi-PERi into a very well-travelled spice. Which is how, many years later it ended up in Rosettenville, Johannesburg.