Red n Hot at 59 Charing cross road.
At £18 a head (no booze) we had a veritable feast.
Red n Hot is a chain restaurant that has hit the Chinatowns of London, Birmingham and Manchester and represents part of a growing trend towards Sichuanese food in the UK. Although it is not as good as Bar Shan/Bar Shu round the corner, it is a bit cheaper! We went for some classic Sichuanese dishes:
fish fragrant aubergines 鱼香茄条
cumin flavoured lamb 孜然羊肉
gongbao prawns 宫保虾球
dumplings in chilli oil 红油水饺
and my personal favourite – sichuan ‘mouth tingling’ chicken 四川口水鸡
Red n Hot was full of people eating hot pot – which is reasonably priced at £20 a head. I took the challenge of trying to beat that price by ordering a la carte. Red Hot is slightly off the main Chinatown beat (Gerrard St) but it represents a good value and serves up some authentic Sichuanese dishes so is well worth it!