I would have bet strong money that I would never utter the words
" Had a poor meal at Red Chilli", but I just have.
I was looking forward to my overdue chilli fix today, but on the way to a rain soaked Manchester I formed a pact with my wife to not have the lamb hotpot, which is a stalwart, that I always order.
Early evening was about a third full and the service was the normal laid back slow.
Glancing at the above posts before we left I decided to take Thom's advice and look for the Rabbit specials as we are partial to a bit of bunny. Sadly there were none.
We did however chose another special.
Sexy aubergine couple with honest lamb & coriander in clay pot.
Well, I missed Thom's comment above, sad to say, as this dish is gobsmackingly poor.
It looked completely unappetising when it arrived at the table. The dish was devoid of flavour except for the coriander and a slight lamby undertone. The aubergine was tasteless and the broth was as murky as the pavement puddles that we had trudged through.
A really poor dish.
Gongbao chicken was the first dish we ever ordered here and this latest rendition was as good as the first. So no problem there, thank goodness.
Salt and pepper soft shell Crab arrived looking as appealing as ever and its normal portion size as generous as we remember..
However, the dish had stood about for some time, so instead of the batter being crispy it was soggy and slightly offputting.
The crab itself was tasty, thank god or I would have sent this back.
I was really disappointed with the meal and it did cross my mind to complain, but quite frankly I really could not bring myself to do it.
We spoke briefly to the manager as we left. He was on meet and greet duty so we had to be brief.
He is always happy and friendly with us so I did not discuss the food but sad to report ,you Brummies will not be getting a Red Chilli, your loss will be London and Newcastle's gain. They are also having a look at Reading.
We are of the opinion that this freak event will not happen again, so it will not stop us going back
Edited by david goodfellow, 26 July 2009 - 04:01 PM.