Fire at Red Chillies
If you’re looking for a truly authentic burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth-off Pakistani Chicken Tikka then I have the perfect place for you. More on that tikka later, but first I’ve got to mention one caveat, which is that the seating is very basic. If you’re a real food lover, but not looking particularly for a fine dining experience, then you’ll be in for a treat.
And if you’re Pakistani, you just might forget where you are for a little while. Close your eyes and imagine that you’re in a typical restaurant in Lahore. Quite a delicious escape!
The eatery that keeps it all so real is called Red Chillies, and boy did they name it well! I’m quite sure they’ve never received complaints pertaining to a lack of spice. We have visited a number of times now and their taste has been consistent every time.
Their Chicken Tikka, a choice of leg or breast piece, amazingly at SR8 only, is well-marinated, flavourful and very tender. If you want the complete experience, then eat it with a Paratha – only SR3. I had to check the menu twice though, because although it is called a paratha, it is more reminiscent of a rich and fried ‘poori’. For a lighter (and healthier) version, go for the Chapati as an accompaniment. At SR1 for 3 pieces, you can’t go wrong.
If your taste buds are not used to very spicy food but you still want to experience the intense flavours, you can request a less spicy Chicken Tikka. They will basically wash off the spicy marinade before cooking the piece.
Beyond this champion of a dish, we would also recommend the Beef Seekh Kabab (minced beef grilled on a skewer), great value at 4 pieces for SR20. The Beef Bihari Kebab, a well-marinaded and totally melt-in-the-mouth kebab is also worth a try at SR20 for a plate.
Although a relatively recent addition to the Jeddah restaurant scene, Red Chillies has entered with a bang. It is quite packed on weekends and seems to be quite a favourite with the desi community. Give it a try and tell us what you think in the comments below.
Price per head: SR15-20 per head
Jeddah Blog rating: 8/10. Perfect marks for authenticity and flavour, but they lose out on space and ambience.
Location: Aziziya District, opposite Flamingo Mall, tel: 059 025 4449