A few years ago an acquaintance told me about an Indian restaurant somewhere in L.A. I'm wondering if this place is for real. Anyone know?
The food was prepared in levels of spiciness from 1 to 20. A diner had to essentially earn the right to order the next highest level by successfully finishing three dishes at one level. For example, you'd have to eat three dishes at level 7 before you could order level 8.
The restaurant kept a list of names and successes of those intent on climbing the ladder. Those that reached 20 were placed in a hall of fame.
The food was supposedly so hot that on your first visit, you could start only as high as level 4. No amount of pleading would let you start higher. And supposedly many diners who thought they could handle intense heat couldn't even handle level 4.
I'm pretty sure, but not positive anymore, that this place was in The Valley.
I don't think the person was completely making this up, though no doubt there is some exaggeration. But does this sound like a restaurant that anyone has been to in L.A.?