Chillies in the West-End is a contemporary Indian eatery on Woodlands Road serving small portions of exquisite cuisine. Decor is sleek and modern, with a stylish contrast of grey and deep vibrant red that accentuates the distinctive chilli theme. The rugged bare stone of the far wall offers a stunning contrast with the hardwood furniture and chrome fittings.
The extensive menu features an array of small portions of Indian dishes, with the requisite recommendation that diners order two or three per person. But, as is often the case with menus like this, the range is so vast and enticing that people tend to overdo things, and two or three each quickly becomes five or six.
The selection of the compact portions offers the opportunity to sample a delicious range of Eastern delicacies, with influences derived from as far afield as the Himalayas to the Eastern Ganges. All are prepared with fresh natural spices and robust exotic flavours. There's a multitude of lamb, chicken and vegetable dishes with different levels of spiciness, but the fish dishes are clearly the specialty, and there are unconventional standouts such as the Caviar with Lemon and Tabasco served with Popadoms, and the fabulous Jogi Machli Tikka - wonderfully fresh monkfish marinated with spices and oven-baked.
Vegetarians are well catered too, with an innovative Brie Pakora with Tomato and Yoghurt dip, or the Spicy Aloo Zameen - hot garlic mushrooms and baby potatoes, as well as the staple samosas and pakoras.