For some, eating simply isn’t a satisfactory pastime without an element of competition and a pinch of rivalry. We too challenge ourselves from time to time to spice up our dinner arrangements, having tried some mentally hot wings at the Orange Buffalo the other week! This delicious but fiery encounter got us thinking about what else we can conquer in the culinary field around Brighton this year, so we decided to compile this practical guide of the city’s top spicy food challenges – plus a mild one – for future reference.
Take the plunge at Burger Off
The Burger Off strapline ‘Top quality food at realistic prices’ says little to imply that a trip to this burger joint along Brunswick Street along Hove may need some solid stomach preparation beforehand. The portion sizes alone are enough to make an average eater surrender half way through a serving, but its XXX Chilli is so off-the-charts fiery that it comes with an 18 certificate and a disclaimer so that everyone is aware that you accept all responsibility for whatever may befall you. Nibble with caution.
Take the triple challenge at Meat Liquor
You’ll need some gusto in your gullets for our next addition, as the Triple Chilli Challenge at Meat Liquor isn’t for the faint hearted. You’ll not only need an empty stomach to clear three full meals: a burger, a hotdog and a heap of fries, but also the right temperament to withstand the spicy onslaught to win a free meal and a place on the wall of fame.
Find it: 52 Brunswick St W, Hove BN3 1EL
Go orange at The Joker
After our recent excursion to The Joker with its Orange Buffalo menu, we had to give this venue a mention – purely for its spicy chicken wings alone. A feast on some of these bad boys may not be technically classed as a challenge, but trust us, they pack a punch! Play your own game at the dinner table by ordering some Scotch Bonnet ‘Woof Woof’ wings and let the good times roll.
Find it: 2 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4QF
Mix business with pleasure at the Fiery Foods Festival on 17 and 18 September in Victoria Gardens. The picture below may paint the festival as a cosy, sunny affair (it is great, definitely go) but don’t be fooled: one of its headline events is its famous chilli eating competition. If you do wish to participate in the competition, click here to download a health questionnaire and registration form – a maximum of 15 contestants can participate.
For more information: http://fieryfoodsuk.co.uk/
Bank on a steak challenge at The Old Bank
If you cannot stand spice in all its forms, the Old Bank Steak and Ribs restaurant provides a heat-free steak challenge that will still leave you sweating. At steak is a free meal if punters can finish off 72oz/2kg of rump steak (plus chips) in under 45 minutes.
Find it: 120 St George’s Road, Kemptown Village, Brighton, BN2 1EA
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