Nando's Is Open at Preston and Royal

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Nando's opened a couple of weeks ago at the southwest corner of Preston and Royal (specifically, the opposite end of the strip from Gazebo Burgers where Le Rendezvous used to be). The chef is from the landmark Original Mexican Café in Galveston.

At Nando's entry is a bar with a fancy chandelier overhead, which is the lighting of choice throughout. Art and faux stonework line the walls. Off the main dining room are two rooms with one large table for those looking for a more intimate experience with 12 friends or more. Seems like Nando's is going for the fancy Tex-Mex crowd.

On Wednesday at lunch the place was completely vacant. The total lack of flavor of the "tostadas salpicon" might have be an indication why. I suppose when a dish is half iceberg lettuce that happens. The barely cooked shrimp and fish were lifeless. Fresh garlic, a bit of jalapeño, salt, lime and cilantro would have made the simple seafood tostadas a great summer lunch. The "aromatic spices" in the menu description must have been overlooked in the kitchen.

But, inside it's really nice and all the staff is extremely attentive. Every three minutes someone was at my table checking on things.

The menu is a mix of seafood and Tex-Mex staples along with Veracruzan dishes. There are fajitas, enchiladas, as well as dishes like pork tenderloin (chuletas) with spinach, chicken with mushrooms, chile rellenos, and several dishes with a "tangy Veracruz sauce." The "Veracurzana plate" has one crispy tostada with beans, guacamole, lettuce and tomatoes, served with rice and beans for $13, which is one of the cheapest plates on the menu.

The only other lady in the restaurant the day I was there was scouting the place for next month's book club meeting, which she was in charge of planning. If her group is into that whole 50 Shades of Grey phenom, (which, I hope hope hope they are) the private room with the sexy lighting could be the precise spot. Let's hope the food is as evocative.

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Location Info

Nando's Cuisine

5934 Royal Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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Joseph D.
Joseph D.

This food editor is crazy!  My wife and I dined at Nando's and the food was amazing!  The picture posted above is what prompted me to also order the Tostadas Salpicon.  IT WAS AWESOME!  Maybe they took your review to heart and changed around the recipe...either way, we were very impressed with the wait staff and the quality of food!  I hope the wait staff stays this attentive for the long haul.  Great job Nando's, we will be back for more!

Anastasia Garza
Anastasia Garza

Ok guys I was correct!! I went in on Saturday evening with 2 other friends and everything was wonderful, I actually tried the tostadas salpicon and I don't know who wrote tha article above but they need to go get their mouth checked!!! Those tostadas were the bomb, they even give you a salsa that goes with the plate and you put in on your tostadas and it was all great! I can't wait to go there again :)

Anastasia Garza
Anastasia Garza

 I am originally from Texas city, Texas and every week we drove to Galveston Texas which was only a 20-30 min drive to go to the beach and hang out at the strand before we left we would always eat at the Original Mexican Cafe. IT WAS THE BOMB!!!!!!!! I loved everything about their food, my favorite plate was the chille relleno w/ their hot sauce. I am currently staying in Plano Tx and to hear that Nando's chef is the one that ran The Original Mexican Cafe is now at NANDO'S is CRAZY!!! I know this woman!!!!!!! Everyone who ate at the Original knew who their head chef was, She always came out to greet her customers and if they weren't happy she literally would make them whatever they wanted (even if it was something not even on their menu) I witnessed it with my own eyes.  Anyone who has visited Galveston and who has eaten at The Original will tell you that their food is GREAT and now she is in Dallas and hopefully everyone will get to experience what we all down south got to experience!! I am planning a dinner at Nando's tomorrow and I can't wait!! NANDO'S HERE I COME!!!

Yarett
Yarett

I went by last week and I had a great experience, the waitress was really nice and the food was delicious. We are planning to go back soon, I'm so happy we have this restaurant in the area now.

David K
David K

 Is this any relation to Fernando's? The interior looks very similar.

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