Whilst some people can sit there and easily hack a Carolina Reaper or Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, others just sense chilli in a building and vacate immediately. It’s certainly an acquired taste, and a hot one at that but there’s no denying it really spices up dishes – quite literally – adding levels upon levels of flavour. Love it or hate it, here are some of the places that’ll get you and your tingling tongue feelin’ hot, hot, hot…
Hutong is a sumptuous Chinese restaurant located on Level 33 of The Shard, offering panoramic views across London, private dining rooms, chic decor and seriously hot chili! The Ma La beef tenderloin is served with the aphrodisiacs that are bell pepper chillies, at which point you should ask yourself is better sex really worth a mouth scorching?
Where: Level 33, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
The tasty Thai that is Smoking Goat needs no introduction to spice lovers with its fiery menu. Famous not just for its smell but for its delicious Thai barbecued dishes, smokey aromas fill your nostrils on entering through the door and the barbecued flavours encourage unattractive dribble and caveman instincts, as we are caught tearing sweet succulent meat off the bone. But brace yourselves as the northern Thai-style duck larb is quite the tear jerker with its curry hide prik kee noo suan – you’ve been warned!
Red Dog Saloon is the place to go if you want to burn your mouth to smitherines. Actually, the chili is amazing here but boy is it hot. A food challenge in itself, we’re not sure even Man Vs Food could combat those Naga Viper Hot Wings.
Tonkotsu will provide you with a ramen that’ll likely blow your head off! And, if you’re still not put off by this, then try the new Extra Hot version of their signature “Eat the Bits” chilli oil and let us know what you think… if you still have a tongue to talk with!
We’re off to China now to sample some of the finest food of Sichuan province in southwest China. Now, if you’re a chilli fan, then you’ll know that Sichuan pepper is a real flavour burst and, famously, on the hot side. So when told that a restaurant promotes food solely of the Sichuan variety then you know you’re in for a real “PASS ME THE WATER,” kind of evening. The list of chilli dishes is bountiful, but perhaps the most renowned is pock-marked old woman’s beancurd which is totally eye popping, but we love it!
Brewer Street’s KILN is renowned for its counter culture and epic spices and, quite often, sees a queue of people out of the door waiting to have their fill of what KILN is all about. The food is influenced by regions where Thailand borders Burma, Laos and Yunnan and is totally delicious, however the menu does state ‘some of these dishes are very spicy,’ so chomp at your own peril! If you’re not a spice fanatic though then flavour can be adjusted to your taste.