LIVE BLOG: Media Night at Nando’s – Doha Festival City

We were invited to attend the exclusive media night of Nando’s latest branch in Qatar a day before their Grand Opening scheduled on August 9, 2017.

The event gathered several bloggers and social media influencers in the city which has also became an opportunity to catch-up while sampling the peri-peri goodness that Nando’s is known for.

While I will leave the food reviews to the experts… I will give you an overview of this experience and a bit of trivia about this global brand that we’ve came to love.

  1. Nando’s originated from Johannesburg, South Africa.

  1. It was founded by a Portuguese-born audio engineer Fernando Duarte so they have African and Portuguese patterns in their new restaurant designs as it looks to reconnect to their roots.

  1. Peri-Peri is the heart and soul of Nandos. For centuries, the people of South Africa have used peri-peri to bring fire to their foods – especially the one’s from Mozambique called African Bird’s Eye Chilli. They even commissioned Manie Pietersen to help them decide the exact color which is now popularly called PERi-Red!

  1. A South-African sign-writer and talented artist named Marks Salimu hand-painted all the letters and characters we see in all their restaurants.

  1. Nando’s started way back in 1987, so they are celebrating their 30 years this 2017.


Nando’s DFC is located near the cinema area, making it very accessible for families and other patrons to dine before or after the movies. It has a very open layout and the south African patterns are very evident. As in most Nando’s branches in Qatar, we hope that they will continue their fast and efficient service.

Nando’s is present in 24 countries worldwide and Doha Festival City is the ninth branch in the State of Qatar. For updates, visit:

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