Where To Get The Best Spicy Food in Melbourne

If the cold weather’s got you down, forget the blankets and hot-water bottle. There’s no better way to warm up than with a nice spicy meal, and we’re bringing the heat with five of the best in Melbourne.

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Gibe African Restaurant

Dandenong

If you’re not familiar with African cuisine, you’re missing out on a whole continent’s worth of flavour sensations. And one especially delectable dish is the ‘Siginy/Yesiga Watt Key’ stew at Gibe African Food. This blend of beef, onion, cayenne peppers, and special Ethiopian spices is seriously addictive – even if your mouth is on fire, you’ll still keep wanting more! Find out more

Spice level: hot

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Image credit: Dainty Sichuan
Image credit: Dainty Sichuan

Dainty Sichuan

Melbourne

Dainty Sichuan is a firm favourite with spice fans – and with good reason. This is where spice gets real, and the Chongqing Chilli Chicken will have you gasping like a fish out of water. Apparently the recipe only contains one cup of small dried chillies and some ground-up Sichuan peppercorns, but don’t let that deceive you. This is one dish that packs a fiery punch. Find out more

Spice level: hot

“Hidden away in one of Melbourne’s laneways, there’s nothing dainty about the food on offer at Dainty Sichuan. The food is cheap, authentic, sweet and spicy and so delicious you keep coming back for more. The service is basic but efficient and the drinks fridge has plenty of papaya milk to sooth burning mouths.” – Popik


Image credit: Chin Chin
Image credit: Chin Chin

Chin Chin

Melbourne

Chin Chin is famous for its intensely spicy meals that are not for the faint of heart. One particularly devilish dish is the ‘Scud City jungle curry with wild boar’, served up with a wicked smile in the bustling Asian-fusion food hall of Chin Chin. To be fair, it does say on the menu “That’s real hot!” – but in case you missed it, we’ll remind you again: this dish doesn’t mess about, so make sure your mouth is well prepared. Find out more

Spice level: super hot

“Chin Chin is my favourite restaurant in Melbourne. I used to dine here when visiting, and when we moved to Victoria it became a regular haunt. It is notoriously busy, so prepare to queue, but gogo bar downstairs is a good place to wait, and the food is well worth the hassle. Try the crispy pork belly and sashimi starter. A must try restaurant when in Melbourne” – Winebuff in training


Image credit: Sichuan House
Image credit: Sichuan House

Sichuan House

Melbourne

Few cooking styles are as spicy as Sichuan, and Sichuan House captures these vibrant flavours to tasty perfection. You simply can’t go past the famous ‘Spicy Mud Crab Tower’ – which is indeed a flaming-hot mound of delicious crustaceans. If you like dishes where you can practically feel the heat radiating off the chillis, then this is the perfect meal for you. Find out more

Spice level: super hot

“If you’re looking for some hot and spicy food, give the Sichuan House a go. The servings are very generous and the house special of pork ribs is truly tasty. Staff are super friendly giving a very relaxed eating place. Entrance is slightly hidden down a Corrs Lane – don’t be put off.” – Carolinus


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Le Taj

West Melbourne

Have you heard of ‘bhut jolokia’? It’s one of the hottest chilli peppers in existence, and it’s also known as the ‘ghost pepper’. The reason we bring it up is that it’s the basis for Le Taj’s ‘Ghost Curry’, which is an absolute must-try dish for any spice connoisseur in Melbourne. Make sure you take it easy though – we’re pretty sure steam will be coming out of your ears after just a few spoonfuls! Find out more

Spice level: scorching!

“Lovely little Indian place in an old bluestone building. Very young staff but they are charming and the food is really good. It tends to be quiet so it’s the perfect place to have a relaxing meal. Lots of choice for veggies.” – hannahw

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