Some of my friends at work told me that if I wanted to try spicy hot food, I should go and try the new restaurant on Kingsway just next door to Saffron. And they warned me that their food is super-duper hot. This had been on my radar for a few weeks already and I knew it was just a matter of time before I go with Suanne and the boys.
Last week, I had one of those heavy days at work. The first meeting started at 7AM and it is one after another with a large group of team members. And I had to run the meetings. It would have been easier if I am just an attendee. So by late morning, I was totally spent and decided to just drop everything and went outside to clear my head.
It was a good thing I had the camera with me that day. So I went to have lunch on my own at Hot Luck.
Outside the restaurant, there is a sandwich board that says that the Lunch Special is just $5.95. I thought it was awfully cheap. I can’t think of any restaurant like this that has lunch specials that cheap. Are you aware of any?
The interior is clean, bright and neat. Some of the bigger tables even has white linen too. I was impressed particularly because they serve such cheap lunch specials here.
Hot Luck is a Sichuan cuisine restaurant. They had been opened for 3 months already and words had spread that their food is super hot.
You know it is super hot when all the pictures on the menu are red in colour.
I was so enticed by their House Special and Combo Special items above. Unfortunately they are meant for a minimum of two people and up. I guess I got to come back another day to try them.
If you look at the rest of the menu above, you will find that it is not as cheap as the sandwich board outside makes it out to be. Most of the Lunch Specials are $8. The main dishes are above $10.
Their food are not expensive but just that it is not as cheap as you might be led to think.
As usual, I asked for their recommendation for a starter. The waitress said that their Spiced Beef with 5 Spices ($5) is one of their favourite and pointed to the table next to me. It seems like that table was not the only one that had this starter.
This is a cold dish. Even the dish it was served on was cold. The beef slices were not as hot as it looked.
I did not want to get the Lunch Special because lunch specials being what it is are not true representation of what the restaurant serves well. After asking me if I can take hot food, the waitress said I should try their … Diced Chicken with Red Pepper ($14). I said “Bring it on”.
What do you make of it when half the plate consists of red pepper chilis? In my bravado, I ate one and then another. By the third piece, it was totally impossible to continue having another.
So I was sitting there asking myself if this is even meant to be eaten at all. For a person who had grown up eating hot and spicy food, I never thought I would give up so fast.
It wasn’t just the red peppers. It was the heap of Sichuan peppercorns that gave me that weird tingling and numbing sensation on the side of the tongue. And there were so much of it too!
I must add that it was fragrant and tasted good. It’s just that it was impossibly numbing.
I know it does not make sense to you. I am saying here now that I love this dish but at the same time it is also ridiculously hot. I don’t think that there are many people on this planet who would be able to finish this on their own.
I did not even talk about the chicken because it was the pepper and peppercorns that I think of in this dish. The chicken was good — dry and fragrant. So I thought that maybe people don’t ever eat the pepper and peppercorn and just pick the chicken.
I gave up on the Diced Chicken dish after barely eating 1/3 of it.
But I liked it a lot. Like I said … what I am saying will likely not make any sense to you.
From a place that serves $6 Lunch Specials, I ended up with a $21 check.
If you like the pain from eating spicy food, I think you will like this place.