Hot ‘n Spicy is a newcomer to Phuket Town. A Pakistani/Indian restaurant right down town serving Halal food, it’s a simple setup comprising two adjacent shop-houses thus making it one of the few restaurants in Phuket that have two distinct dining rooms, albeit connected with a neat hole in the wall for delivering dishes through.
With light-purplish walls, Hot ‘n Spicy is not exactly reticent in its décor yet it is a tranquil place – the only concession to modernity being a flat-screen TV on the wall and two mobile air-conditioning units that look suspiciously like Hi-Fi speakers. Chunky wooden tables and chairs are covered with colourful tablecloths and with the door open, the swish of passing traffic on Takuapa Road is the only auditory effect.
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Hot ‘n Spicy’s menu lists biryani and rice options, chicken dishes, vegetable and daal combinations, mutton choices, along with beef curries, and six salad choices – all very tempting and all cooked entirely from scratch so if you are in a hurry it really is best to phone ahead to order as food preparation can take quite a bit of time here.
We opt for chicken karahi, daal, and chick pea masala and settle in with good books for the wait. Being a Muslim establishment there is no alcohol served here so we choose fruit juices. Eventually Sam, the Pakistani in-house chef, appears with the piping-hot dishes and they’re absolutely delicious, bursting with freshness and just a tiny bit spicy. This is the real thing and well worth the wait. The food is filling and intensely satisfying with the chick peas just perfect and the chicken karahi expertly done to the right firmness.
Hot ‘n Spicy isn’t the most atmospheric place around; there are no oriental carpets on the walls, no hookahs to puff on, certainly no belly dancers to fill the waiting time and you’ll not see multi-coloured throw cushions on plush sofas but the food is genuinely Pakistani-Indian and in this respect it is a unique place in Phuket Town.
Coincidently the only other Indian outlet used to be almost next door but has closed down, leaving the field wide open for Hot ‘n Spicy.
Hot ‘n Spicy Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – midnight
- Location: 34/3 Takuapa Road Phuket
- Tel: 084 191 4391 (Thai) 085 870 7797 (English)