Behind everything at Nando’s is an extraordinary story

New Logo

The legend of Barcelos cockerel

Once upon a time, a pilgrim was passing through the town Barcelos in Portugal. Through an unfortunate turn of events, he was accused of theft, wrongly convicted and sentenced to death.

Evening had fallen when he was brought to plead before the town’s judge. The judge was sitting down to feast on a roasted cockerel, which inspired a desperate plea from the pilgrim. ‘If I am innocent, may that cockerel get up and crow!’ he cried. Just like that, the cockerel got up and crowed heartily. The judge, no longer hungry but filled with wonder, sent the pilgrim on his way.

From that day onwards, the story of the Barcelos cockerel has symbolized faith, justice, and good fortune – all of which we wish upon you in abundance.


PERi-PERiis the heart& soul ofNandos's

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 Africa 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 at a little Portuguese eatery called Chickenland.

One afternoon in 1987, two friends, Robbie and Fernando, went for lunch at this humble little eatery. By the time their meal drew to a close, both friends knew their lives had changed forever. They knew they had tasted something that had to be shared. PERi-PERi was about to make one more journey, this time from Rosettenville to the world. Decades have passed, but PERi-PERi remains our rhyme and reason – our heat and our heart. Thank you for sharing it with us. We hope you enjoy your meal! As they say in Mozambique, bom proveito.

87 degrees

Nando’s started way back in 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa. We’ve come a long way since then, but we’ve never forgotten our humble beginnings. To remind us of our roots, all our headlines are titled to 87 degrees from North and we love the way this adds a quirky pop of energy to a page.

Notice something new

We love spicing things up at Nando’s and our new look does just that. It comes all the way from Southern Africa – the place our very first restaurant opened back in ’87.

Filled with vibrant colours, incredible patterns and interesting mixes of old and new, this new African design pays homage to our roots in a fresh, exciting way that’s packed with heat and a lot of heart!

Nipped, tucked & looking good.

Just because our cockerel, Barci, is getting older, doesn’t mean he has to age. Quite the opposite! We thought this was the perfect opportunity to give him a bit of a nip and tuck and we reckon he’s looking a whole lot younger.

We’ve taken out the leaves and refined the logo, placing him with another Nando’s favourite – a PERi-apostrophe; further strengthening the bond between chicken and PERi-PERi

Old Barci

New Barci

The Write Stuff

When we looked at refining our quirky Nando’s font, we were once more inspired by the tradition of sign-writing in Southern Africa. So, we asked Marks Salimu – a South African sign-writer and talented artist to help us out.

Marks hand-painted all our letters and characters onto wooden panels and these were made into our new, refined font.

A New Direction

In search of a secondary font for when we have to write longer things than headlines, we looked to Johannesburg, South Africa (the vibrant city where Nando’s was born) for inspiration and found the answer in the road, adopting the same font that’s used on road signs throughout South Africa.

The font used is straightforward, legible and because it pays homage to our roots, its perfect for helping you navigate your way around Nando’s.

There’s a pattern

Silhouettes and patterns are big in African design. So when we created our new look, we chose to have a local NGO design and create three beautiful patterns especially for us. To honour our roots, they have African, Portuguese and Nando’s touches in just the right places.

Look closely and you’ll also see the triangle, African Bird’s Eye Chillies, the Nando’s heart and even a flame or two.

The African Bird’s Eye Chilli is such a favourite it features in our patterns, in our name in the form of a PERi-apostrophe and in our PERi-ometer!

The flame represents our art of the flame-grill

The heart is inspired by the heart seen in our beloved cockerel, Barci

In Southern Africa, the triangle represents family, something that’s really important to us at

Seeing- PERi red

We’re so passionate about PERi-PERi, we wanted to make it our official color. So, with a bucket of African Bird’s Eye Chillies in hand, we asked Manie Pietersen – a specialist colorist with 24 years’ experience in mixing and matching colors – to help us decide the exact color of PERi-PERi.

He nailed it and we’ve called this color PERi-Red!

It’s not the only color you’ll see at Nando’s. Black plays a big role, edgy neons add pops of color and secondary colors – which we’ve drawn from our restaurants and Southern Africa – complete the mix.

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Along with a new look, we’ve also upgraded our website. Feel free to click on the sections below and explore all the new features.

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