Photographs: David Straight
Spicy House calls itself the “spice expert” and, possibly more importantly, it is open late, so if you really need chilli at midnight – coming back from the airport, say – this is the place to go: on a recent visit the place was pleasantly full just before midnight. The walls are tiled white and the tables are bare: there’s a whiteboard with the most popular dishes to order, which is helpful and so is the service.
Some things are very good here, though not everything. They do a good stir fried green bean and the dumplings are excellent, though the pork hock is greasy and not very spicy, with a sticky gravy – best avoided if we’re honest. But there is – all hail – chilli chicken, which is cubes of chicken in a salty chilli Sichuan pepper rub , stir fried with big red dried chillies. It is a addictive: you keep going back, even when you’re full. And at midnight, that is exactly what you need. SFG
HOURS 12pm to midnight, seven days.
ADDRESS 557 Dominion Road, Balmoral, ph 631-5218.