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|Address:||15 Leigh Street, London WC1H 9EW|
|Tel:||020 7383 3135|
|Price: £34.00||Wine: £11.90|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-10.30pm|
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Chilli Cool was packed last Saturday night and judging by the high standard of the food, we were not surprised. There's nothing fancy about this place but it does produce some great, straightforward Sichuan food. We were a little apprehensive about how hot the dishes would be and although they were all pretty spicy (we left looking a little rosy), the chilli was not overwhelming.
The Dong-po pork belly came in a delicious bbq style sauce; even the top layer of fat was irresistible and melted in the mouth. The Chef's Fish Hot Pot was incredibly generous and the ‘share’ is plenty for two if not three people; despite swimming with fresh red chillies, these did not distract from the delicate flavour of the fish. If you're looking for something a little less spicy, there are plenty of other options on the extensive menu (try the Gong hao chilli chicken) and the staff are more than ready to guide you through the dishes. The wine list is relatively short – we opted for the house white which was prefectly adequate – but it's hard to really savour anything with your mouth gently on fire!
I would definitely recommend making a reservation if you're going at the weekend but don't be late. We were rather surprised to find that our table had been given away less than 60 seconds after the time it was booked for! Luckily, we didn't have to wait long for another to became available but be warned…