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Bring on the heat, Chilli Cool

Friday, 30 July 2010

Reviewed by The Wild Boar

Another restaurant blogged to death, so we’ll keep this short. Chilli Cool served Sichuan food in a rather nice airy greenhouse like building near UCL territory in Russell Square.

Chilli Cool, London 2

Sliced beef Sichuan style lavishly topped with chilli & Sichuan pepper 水煮牛肉. The strips of meat inside the bowl of chilli oil seemed more like pork than beef to me but it still was great to eat with just the right level of spiciness for me.

Chilli Cool, London 3

Mini lamb skewer fried with chilli & cumin powder 麻椒孜香羊肉串. I think this was a really awesome dish as the lamb was very well marinated, incredibly tasty and the innate lambiness of it was still strong and not muted in the least.

Chilli Cool, London 4

Twice cooked pork 回锅肉. Thin strips of really fatty pork belly fried to give a slightly crisp texture. A bit on the salty side due to the black beans. Nonetheless, very tasty with rice.

Chilli Cool, London 5

Mapo tofu 麻婆豆腐. Not a lot of pork on offer, but the flavour of this is not bad although the PigPig would prefer it a little bit sweeter ideally. The least popular dish we ordered.

Chilli Cool, London 6

Quick fried chicken with cumin & chilli 飘香辣子鸡. A much better version than the one we had in Sichuan as the chicken here has been deboned and tastier.

Chilli Cool, London 7

Chilli Cool, London 8

We supplemented the meal with lots of plain white rice. Altogether the cost was £60 for four of us including a bottle of aloevera juice making it £15 each for a whole lot of tasty food.

Chilli Cool, London 1

Food – 5.5
Service – 4.0
Atmosphere – 6.0
Value – 7.0

The cooks don’t pull any punches when it comes to flavours and the style is very simple and basic but that doesn’t mean it’s bad at all. Au contraire, it was great tasting stuff.

In terms of spiciness, it was reasonably spicy but I never felt pushed out of my comfort zone. It was distinctly lacking the Sichuan peppercorns though for some weird reason. Nevertheless, this is our new favourite Sichuan restaurant.

  • Best bit: oily spicy Chinese food with rice = pure awesomeness.
  • Worst bit: saturated fatty acids.
  • Weirdest bit: peeing in the toilet then finding a picture of a naked woman (?Shu Qi) on the wall. Walked out of the cubicle and found another nudie picture.
Chilli Cool
15 Leigh street
Tel:+44(020) 7383 3135
Official website

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