Chilli Cool, King’s Cross

Posted by Krista on December 22, 2009

Chilli cool menu 

Chilli Cool
15 Leigh Street

Date of Last Visit: Monday, December 7th

The Victims: Alice, Cara

The Damage: About £20 each

The Background: After dropping a whole lotta change at Kai in Mayfair with Alice and Cara a few months back, we had agreed that our next stop should be a bit more of the cheap-and-cheerful variety. You might know that I like spicy, so when Alice suggested Chilli Cool, there was no answer but "Yes."

The Entrance: There's some slight confusion when I enter. Firstly, Chilli Cool has two doors. The door on the left is for hot pot. The door on the right is for non-hot-pot. I go in the left door. Oops. They send me next door, at which point I give them Alice's name. They don't have a booking for Alice. Ah, I realize. It's under Cara's name. They don't have a booking for Cara either. After some back-and-forth, I figure out that they do have a booking for "Car" and we're sorted.

Alice has let us know that she's running late and has given us permission to order in her absence. She's also given us a list of dishes, which, combined with some tips from Mr. Noodles, creates our order.

Chilli cool kung pao

We start out with some Kung Pao chicken, which I always love because of the peanuts. (As it turns out, Alice and I are both suckers for peanuts.) This is a nice dish, but the chicken is a bit on the sugary side for me, and it's lacking the wallop of heat that I was hoping for.

Chilli cool ma po

My two go-to dishes in most Chinese restaurants are Ma Po Tofu and the garlicky green beans. I'm looking forward to trying both here because I figure they'll be REALLY hot. Chilli Cool, after all, is a Szechuan restaurant. The Ma Po arrives and it does have a little kick to it, but I'm barely fanning myself. Not hot enough!

Chilli cool green beans 
Then there are the green beans, which taste as beautiful as they look. I pretty much polish this dish off on my own towards the end of the meal. (Sorry, ladies.) But again, there's just the tiniest bit of chili here. I want more!

Chilli cool szechuan beef

The star of the meal has to be Mr. Noodles' main recommendation of the Szechuan beef. I happily take home all the leftovers and have this for breakfast for the next two days. (Who says you have to have breakfast for breakfast?) There's more chili here, and the dish is just dripping in unctuous goodness. But still…it could have been hotter. I think about my meal at Bar Shu back (admittedly) in 2007–where I couldn't down water fast enough and Chilli Cool comes up, well, cold. Cold. Not hot.

The Service: Sweet.

The Verdict: Cheap and cheerful, for sure. But maybe they were trying to be nice to us or something…I could have used more HEAT.

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12 Responses to “Chilli Cool, King’s Cross”

  1. Su-Lin
    Dec 22, 2009

    Oooh, those dishes look weak. Do you think they toned it down for you?

  2. Wild Boar
    Dec 22, 2009

    Cheap and cheerful sounds good! That Szechuan beef always leaves me with a sore burning tongue in other restaurants, will be eager to try this out.

  3. Holly
    Dec 22, 2009

    usually the fried green beans aren’t suppose to be hot, it’s ordered as a cool off for the other really spicy food.
    Have you tried the spicy fried lamb sticks? they are amazing with a cold beer.

  4. Krista
    Dec 22, 2009

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    Yes, I definitely think they toned it down for us. I barely broke a sweat!

  5. Krista
    Dec 22, 2009

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    But I want the Szechuan beef to burn my tongue! Chilli Cool let me down…

  6. Krista
    Dec 22, 2009

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    Spicy fried lamb sticks…didn't see them on the menu! Next time!

  7. Gourmet Chick
    Dec 23, 2009

    My name is just super confusing obviously!

  8. Helen
    Dec 24, 2009

    Yeah they definitely toned it down for you. As you probably know, I am well into my Sichuan at the mo and I cook a lot at home from Fuchsia Dunlop’s books and I put enough chilli in to make a person cry. When we went to Chilli Cool with some Chinese amongst us, we were all sweating and sniffing. We were basically a mess. I HATE how this do this.

  9. Krista
    Dec 24, 2009

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    We definitely should have waited for Alice to join us to order!

  10. S
    Dec 26, 2009

    I love Sichuan-ese food! I visited Sichuan once, and I do agree, their cuisine is piping hot. They’ve probably toned it down, but I’ll definitely pay a visit to this restaurant!


  11. Mr Noodles
    Jan 02, 2010

    Happy New Year ! I’m glad you liked the beef – the leftovers go great with rice noodles. Toss and gently warm in a wok with the beef and the oil. Fantastic.

  12. Wild Boar
    Jan 04, 2010

    I had the Szechuan chilli beef soupy thingy in Pearl Liang which not only burnt my tongue but left it weirdly numb and semi-anaesthetised (or how I imagine being anaesthetised is like). It was quite fun just licking the peppercorns later to get the numbness again.

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