I forgot to report on my meal at Chilli Cool last week, so here it is.
I had actually eaten there by myself once before, and ordered the dan dan mein for lunch. It was a pretty good rendition, with plenty of sichuan peppercorn, although I thought it had a bit too much broth. But I'd get it again.
I went back for dinner with two others last week, and we had a good meal. We ordered the medium size fish hot pot, which has all the dried chilies floating on top - I forget what this dish is called. It wasn't the best version I'd ever had - but I thought it was still quite nice - though maybe a tad too salty. The fish was flavorful and plentiful, and there were also lots of pieces of tofu. Huge serving (although granted it cost £15). Would definitely go back and order this again on a cold night.
We also had the ma-po tofu, which I thought was excellent. Their version included black beans, which I liked, and again plenty of sichuan peppercorn. Also had dry fried green beans, which were a bit too salty and only OK - the string bean dish at Local Friends (Hunan) is similar and much nicer (though I realize it's not exactly the same dish, as the later is vegetarian and the Chilli Cool dish has meat).
We also had eggplant with yellow bean sauce and this was pretty good.
With rice and tea, bill came out to about £55 I think....although this was far too much food for 3 of us, since the fish hot pot was so big. We would have been better off with the hot pot and only two other dishes.
On a Wednesday night, the place was pretty crowded, so it's worth booking a table. Not a perfect restaurant, but really quite good, and since it's so convenient, I'll definitely be back
15 Leigh St
London, WC1H 9EW