Having been to Beijing I found the food quite stodgy and heavy, the food probably suits the temperature as I know it gets quiet cold there. I generally like strong flavours but do find Beijing dumplings too rich, they kind of … Continue reading
We started with dumplings, the Classic, Pork & Crab and Chicken, all were nice, my favourite were the Pork and Crab, their flavour was richer and really juicy inside.
The Braised Pork Belly was good but a little too fatty, the meat a little bland, after having had Viet Grills Pork Belly the week before it did not match up.
My favourite dish was the Ginger Chicken with Rice Wine and Sesame Oil soup, a great fragrant broth.
The waitress told us we should not order the Ginger Duck with Sake served in a clay pot, she said the flavour generally did not agree with whitey’s palates. We were deeply offended and ordered it anyway. We should have listened, it tasted medicinal, not bad but not good, very herby and earthy.
The Belly of Lamb in spicy herbal sauce was good but like the pork the meat seemed cheap and could have had more flavour.
The only vegetable dish I remember is the Aubergine with Mashed Garlic and Tao Pan sauce, this was delicious but I say that about every eggplant dish I eat.
I find Sichuan food really boring, oddly I think this is because the flavours are too strong, too sweet and too rich. Sichuan dishes are always too monotonous in taste, texture and even appearance, It’s always a big bowl of oil and gravy with a few bits of cheap meat and a stack of chilli.
Chilli Cool lived up to all of the above. The ‘Sliced beef Szechuan style lavishly topped with chilli & Szechuan pepper’ was a big bowl of bland oily brown sauce with chewy, flavourless and pretty sparce meat. The King Prawns in Cantonese sauce came on a bed of about 40 chillies, we were not game to eat the chillies, the prawns were shallow fried in their shell and kind of tasted like a KFC Hot wings, this is kind of a good thing.
I enjoyed the aubergine in yellow bean sauce, a nice mix of the salty and sticky, good texture and not served with gallons of sauce, oil or chilli’s.
Chilli Cool is not actually that cheap, yes the servings are huge but really you’re just getting a normal amount of meat and vegetables swimming in a huge pool of sauce, oil or chilli’s.