Thursday, January 31, 2013

Chili Festival @ Roadhouse, Doubletree by Hilton. Too hot to handle?

I tried talking myself out of it. I really did. I meant to just cheer for others and drink some orange juice on the side. But there I was sitting across the table from Sid and Charis, thinking of ways to line my stomach before we brought on the attack of the chillies. And when I say chillies I mean read hardcore chillies - Serrano, ancho, chipotle, jalapenos, habaneros and then the dynamite - ghost chili or the raja mirchi - bhut jalokia.

What's the big deal you ask? We weren't popping these chillies as a whole, we were getting regular pub grub that were all spiced up and made it super hot. Or not. Depending on the chef. 

Our meal started with glasses of plain cold milk placed on our coasters. Uh huh. The menus indicated that the the first dish was brought out was the voodoo chili chicken fingers where on a scale of 1 to 3, they were set at 2. How bad could it have gotten? Since they were dusted with ancho and had bits of raja mirchi on them, they were pretty hot. Hot enough for me to down my glass of milk.

Photo courtesy: Sid Khullar
Charis and I asked for a chocolate milkshake to brace us through the rest of the meal. The tex mex buffalo wings were out next. Nothing particular tex not mex about them. They were midly spiced but the serano salsa they came with was really awesome. Next up was the Roasted pork ribs with chipotle chili. Falling off the bone, they were rather delicious. And perfectly spiced for my taste buds.


Photo courtesy: Sid Khullar
The lamb patties braised in habanero sauce, had us going at our glasses of milk again but they tasted very good. Out came the next dish, Firecrackers or Vegetable and habanero rolls - which frankly I didn't care for at all. But they were pretty spicy.

Then came the most favourite part of the meal for me - baby aubergine with a chipotle ragout. Reminded me of a petite eggplant Parmesan and was just the best thing that had been brought out that day. Also they weren't hot but beautifully spiced.

Photo courtesy: Sid Khullar

The onion and green chili fritters - were neither spicy or particularly tasty. You can easily give that a miss. And then, it was the moment we'd  all been dreading. The piece de resistance, or the true test on the hot meter - Ghost chili fritters- fresh jalapenos (or was it a bhavnagari mirchi?) stuffed with molten cheese and large bits of the raja mirchi. OH. MY. GOD. One bite and all of us were completely done for. But I have to say despite the heat, they tasted awesome.

Photo courtesy: Sid Khullar

More milk and some fresh bread to wash it all down, we looked at each other wondering what was in store for us the next day. But hey, this is a great place to go and test your threshold. Especially since there's going to be a contest for who can eat the maximum amount of the Ghost Chili Fritters. And the prizes are to-die-for.

The Chilli Festival starts on 1st February, 2013 at The Roadhouse Bar and Grill, in DoubleTree by Hilton, Mayur Vihar. 

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