Just been twice inside a week and would be happy to go back again.
My first visit to Hot Chill was on a busy Friday night with a large group of friends (16). Our table was ready when we arrived and although the place was full, we were made to feel very welcome. The service was very good and it was clear that there were extra staff on to ensure that people could always catch an eye for another beer. Mountains of poppadums appeared with usual relishes, although we did have to ask for lime pickle, which doesn't come as 'standard'. The pops were all fresh and crispy. There was a wide range of starters ordered and they all came freshly cooked, hot and all seemed to be good sized portions. Friends did comment on the generous onion bhajis - about a tennis ball size. I had a mixed kebab which was delicious. Main courses were varied and all arrived as ordered, ranging from the usual chicken korma, up to the brave vindaloo. Breads, roti and rice were all cooked very well. Obviously, I cannot comment on all 16 dishes but I can say that apart from little bits of the odd naan there wasn't much left and the unanimous view of the group was that everyone's food was great. I had Lamb Bangla - the lamb was very tender and the dish was very nicely spiced. Of course, I mentioned the beer earlier and with Mongoose, Cobra and Carlsberg all on tap then there is plenty to quench the thirst. There is a well stocked bar with 4 or 5 bar stools available - great for a pre-dinner or post-dinner drink. For groups, there is also a seating area downstairs where it would be possible for 12 or so people to gather if you were waiting for other guests to arrive.
My second visit was a few days later (Thursday) when I met up with a friend of many years who is a bit of a curry connoisseur. Again, a pleasant welcome and attentive service - just two waiters on this evening and only a handful of tables busy but they ensured that everyone was well attended to. Poppadums and relishes just as good and starters this time were 2 x Hot mix. Good sized portions, delicate and moist meat and worthy of the 'HT' ranking.
Mains were Chicken Rogan and Lamb Sana with Mushroom Pilau, Tandoori Roti and Aloo Gobi.
All the dishes were very good and neither of us could find any fault at all. I'm sure I'll be back for a third visit soon.
There is ample parking at the venue.
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