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Oct 17, 2010 03:32 AM

Wanting it Hot Hot Hot in London

Hello all.

Trying to arrange a stag weekend in London and the groom-to-be is a spice freak. I am after the hottest dishes in the Capital.

What are the best places to go for good quality but ultra-spicy dishes .... I'm kinda thinking along the lines of some of the spicy challenges on Man V Food.

Any suggestions welcome.



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  1. If you want hot, I would search this board for Szechuan places

    What's Man V Food?

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    1. re: Theresa

      Szechuan recommendations are good. One I might add is Raavi Kebab on Drummond Street, where if you ask for spicy they will take you seriously.
      The only drawback is that the place offers neither wine nor beer. But the pub at the corner has Sierra Nevada on draught, so you could make this into a question of timing.

    2. I do get a kick out of man v food on the Food Network in the States and I think on Good Food here in the UK. That said, I'm pretty sure you will struggle to find any restaurant or cafe or what ever in London that would promote extreme food/spice contests/dishes.

      In my 7/8 years away from the US you just realize that most of the RoW is not as sales/marketing focused on every minutiae of life - including wacky marketing gimmicks like your meal is free if you can eat 20 of our hottest Buffalo wings.

      That being said you could probably go to some disrespectful Indian resto on brick lane and ask them to make the vindaloo impossibly hot.

      Otherwise if you're just after things spicier then your average westerner eats any of the good Szechuan places in London would do as the the previous poster mentioned as would sticking to the hotter options at any decent indian.


      P.S. On a related extreme food side note I had an awesome belly buster egg sandwich at Billy Bunters Snack Bar in Stepney Green this morning on Mile End road; sausage, bacon, burger, egg, onions, mushrooms, cheese , etc... on a "french stick". Memories of egg sandwiches from my decades in NY came flooding back in a good way

      1. Thai 101 (Stamford Brook) has nice spicy Isaan/Thai dishes...

        i also like Emperess of Sichuan in Chinatown...

        and, my fav Indian so far (in admittedly limited exploration) in London is Durbar, in Notting Hill

        All three can provide nice settings/service, extremely spicy dishes for the groom, and a variety of dishes for the rest of the party


        1. Sorry Andy
          but this request scares me a bit.
          Recommending one of my favourite restaurants to a pack of lads on a stag night , hmmm , you might be perfectly well behaved , bucking the trend, perfectly police and decent men, but I am not taking a chance.
          And if its just hot you want go to any of the burritos place they have just opened in london - which also serve pitchers and extra hot bottled sauce that you can spash on .
          i think they are called burritos you can google it - it should do the job you're after as they crossover to a bar atmosphere the later it gets .
          Have fun and stay clothed.

          1. Easily the spiciest meal I have had anywhere is here

            The food was delicious too although the setting isn't particularly special. It was for a friend's birthday and they looked after our large, rowdy table well.

            The dishes with a 3-chilli rating are hotter than anything I've had in W China, though I had some Tom Yum soup in Thailand and Laab in Laos that rivalled it!

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            1. re: Tripowski

              <<Easily the spiciest meal I have had anywhere is here
              http://www.newchinaclub.co.uk/snazz_s... <<

              Er...I will have a no.11....I guess. :\