Portuguese vegetarian food is a rarity – especially in Portugal. Its even more rare in the case of a restaurant with a colourful story behind it and famous for african bird’s eye chilly (peri-peri) chicken.

Nando’s has done a great job opening up in a quiet corner of normally super busy InOrbit Mall’s┬árestaurant level.

The experience here is truly one of a kind and that goes some way to alleviate the lack of depth in vegetarian cuisine.

The options are there though. My pick would be the paneer espetada which is a kabab like dish served on a vertical skewer, using capsicums, onions and paneer. Take your pick of peri-peri sauce (which vary from mild to super hot) and the veggies are basted in the same. Yummy! You also get some nice rice to eat with it.

The other options include a vegetarian burger peri-peri style which isn’t too bad. At this point I should give mention of the fact that the 4 levels of spice in the peri-peri range are available on your table and you can spice up in case you wimped out while ordering.

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A nice range of side dishes including a portuguese salad add to the options. We recommend the corn on the cob with peri-peri sauce. The waiter did somewhat kill the romance of the exotic sounding “portuguese lemonade” by drily announcing that it was just lemonade with sprite poured in!

The ambience is nice and airy. There is a general feel of festivity and we definitely recommend a visit.

The location in a mall, near the food court kills a bit of ambience and so does the lack of vegetarian range. Overall, visit once for sure. After that, you take the call.

My recco – Visit with a small group of friends and order the espetada. Take in the exotic flavours of the sauces – a truly unique flavour.

Check out the Hound Report Card for the final analysis:

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Having been raised very close to the original Kailash Parbat, I spent a good part of my childhood enjoying their snacks and sweets.

Malad has been starving for a quality snack joint outside InOrbit Mall. Enter KP Express, if you please. A small, efficient, clean version of the Colaba original. Same food, different ambience is the claim.

Thats a lofty claim and we took up their challenge and tested the menu. The fact that they are 100% vegetarian is a nice plus.

The chaat is all excellent – Sev Puri, Dahi Puri, Bhel Puri – all excellent. Pav Bhaji is actually better than I remember. We then tried the “main course” (read heavier snacks).

The Ragda pattice has always been their mainstay and it is awesome. The pattice were slightly overfried on the outside but perfectly done inside. The pattice was the correct consistency – not too thin, not too lumpy. The green chilly paste and onions formed a nice garnish to this simple dish. A must-have. Another fan favourite is Chola Batura. But, this was quite ordinary here. The Bathura were too crisp and the Chole lacked the punjabi richness.

A friend tried the Sindhi Kadi Rice, and that was not too shabby. The Thali meal was perfect for lunch. Not too big, and not too small either. The best part of the thali was the free Gulab Jamun. They could pretty much charge whatever they want for that dish -amazing still after all these years.

The ambience is ok. Pretty basic. We have been there twice and once half the joint was occupied by a kitty party, but I will not hold that against them. After all, everyone seemed happy enough! ­čÖé

My recco – Focus on the chaat and light snacks and try out the variety. Leave space for the Gulab Jamun and you will leave contented.

Check out the Hound Report Card for the final analysis:

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