Red Chilli

Restaurants, Chinese Central Manchester
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Red Chilli

Sichuanese restaurant with a secret menu of super-spicy dishes

There are two menus at Red Chilli in Manchester’s Chinatown district. The regular menu is perfectly fine, but nothing that you can’t get at many other places nearby. If you don’t get offered the second, ‘spicy menu’ it’s definitely worth asking for as it’s here you’ll find the dishes that Red Chilli specialises in: the exciting, hot and fragrant food of Sichuan and Beijing.

Inside, Red Chilli is cramped and more than a little dingy, with dark wood panelling containing Chinese carvings and mirrored walls, it makes for an eerie atmosphere.

Still, this is a place where the focus is on the food. Many of the dishes could be considered challenging to some, with battered pig’s intestines, crystal pig’s ear and five-spice sliced pig’s head just some of the porky options available.

There are more conventional dishes for the less adventurous, of course; Beijing roast duck with pancakes is an excellent place to start, and the stir-fried roast mutton is very good indeed.

While this branch is the original, there are several others around the North West, including a second, larger restaurant in Manchester’s university district on Oxford Road.

By: Shaun Barnes


Venue name: Red Chilli
Address: 70-72 Portland Street
M1 4GU
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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This place is great. Decor wise its nothing special, it was quite quiet when we went (on a tuesday night) and walking past the portland st restaurant you might almost miss it from the outside but keep your eyes open coz you dont wanna miss out. What the atmosphere lacks the food definitely makes up for. SO DELICIOUS! The menu is big, it took me ages to choose what i wanted but in the end i chose braised pork with corriander which was really tasty. the crispy chilli beef went down well and there is a really good vegetarian selection there are some pretty off the wall choices too but you dont have to eat duck tongues if you dont want to theres plenty to choose from. We went in a group of 14 and we were served really quickly and all together. There are more dumpling and dim sum options at the oxford rd branch but the slightly restricted menu a portland st forced me to choose something new and dining in chinatown adds a lot to the experience. oh and you get a lazy susan on the table which is always fun.

Staff Writertastemaker

We visited in the daytime which meant the atmosphere was a little flat as it was deadly silent (some music would have been nice to take the edge off) but I'd heard the food was good so we soldiered on.

The main dishes seemed slightly expensive but once they arrived it was very clear why- they were bloody huge! Both things we chose were really nice, the giant soup was great but could have fed 3 people and my crispy shredded beef was delicious too, perfectly sweet and tangy. I imagine it would be better to visit here in a large group (and at night) and share lots of different mains etc as our sample was great but did not feel like we could finish the food served and felt a little overwhelming to our poor hungover brains!

Worth a visit though!

Staff Writer

My favourite restaurant in Manchester. Authentic. Spicy fish soup the best dish for me.