Sharp tongued is a thing but how about rubber tongued? The expression, just created by me, sums up some people’s ability to consume incredibly hot foods without so much as a moistened forehead. Now if the words “scoville rating” gets your heart racing for all the right reasons then make sure you get working through our guide of the spiciest places to eat in London.
Fresh, honest, Mexican market-inspired food
Expect plenty of habanero chillies, chipotle and jalapenos to feature heavily throughout the menu in typical Mexican style. You might need a refreshing Horchata drink, almond and rice milk with a touch of cinnamon, to wash it all down with. Wahaca also boasts a cactus & corn filling option in their taco which is sautéed cactus, courgette, tomato, shaved corn and feta with summer herbs – more spiky than spicy but still worth being careful with.
Where: 19-23 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RL
Nearest station: Goodge Street (0.2 miles)
Thai Cafe Restaurant
The Thai restaurant offers three variables on spice level: beginner, intermediate and advanced which is available on request. Apply to your spice level to curries like Panaeng Goong Yai – Flame grilled butterfly giant king prawns in SUDA’s panaeng curry sauce, and Gaeng Phed Ped Yang – SUDA’s roast duck red curry with grapes and pineapple. SUDA also have a fabulous cocktail menu to help cool any burning throats.
Where: St Martin’s Courtyard off Upper St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2E 9AB
Curries so hot you may end up in hospital
What spice guide wouldn’t be complete without a good curry house? Aladin has curries that range from medium hot (ceylon) to very hot (vindaloo) to extremely hot (phall) so whatever your heat range, they have you covered. We must warn you that there have been reports in the media of people crying, hallucinating and even being rushed to hospital after eating the phall dishes though.
Where: 132 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU
The place to be for Sichuan food
The Sichuan province in southwest China is famous providing a cuisine characterised by its fiery spiciness, this should give you an inclination of what you can expect when dining at Bar Shu. Dishes to get your taste buds tingling are the boiled seabass with sizzling chilli oil and if you just want to throw caution to the wind, the fragrant chicken in a pile of chillies described as ‘numbing-and-hot’ flavored.
Where: 28 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 5LF
American BBQ diner with a spicy food challenge
Now when you think of America you might not think of spicy food but would that change if I said ‘food challenge’? The citizens of the USA sure do love to set themselves incredible feats of food gorging and although a basket of wings doesn’t seem daunting, the Hot Wings Challenge certainly is. A delicious basket of chicken wings is slathered in a Naga Viper chilli sauce, any person lucky (foolish?) enough to eat them all gets their picture on the wall of fame, but with a success rate of 5% it’s looking pretty bare.
Where: 37 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN