Red Chilli

Address: 21-25 George Hudson Street, York, YO1 6JL, England
Telephone: +44 1904 733 668

- Mid-range

4.2

I’ve yet to find a better and more authentic Chinese restaurant in the city.

Anyone keen to go beyond the anglicised staples of sweet and sour, chow mein and spring rolls would do well to try this large stylish dedication to the culinary contributions of Beijing and Sichuan. Familiar offering are here, but this is can be a far more adventurous experience and anyone like me with a curiosity for far eastern food should be well rewarded.

Food and drink
4
90%
Service
3.8
90%
Food and drink
4
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Ambience
3.8
90%
Location
3.6
90%

Food and drink

The menu is comprehensive, but it is worth ploughing through to uncover some real finds and while shredded pig’s ears, sea cucumber, ox heart and chicken with jellyfish isn’t everyone’s cup of China tea, I find it all refreshing and very exciting. For everyone else and my wife, there’s still plenty of the familiar to create quite a banquet. Vegetarians too are well looked after.

Recommended dishes

Unfortunately I have to reign in my enthusiasm for the authentic when eating with Mrs C for fear of her immediately losing her appetite and walking out on me. So instead play it a little more conservatively and opt for a selection of dim sum followed by some crispy pork or sea bass with Sweet Vinegar or sizzling beef with sweet spicy sauce.

Ambience

Intensely decorated in reds, gold, dark woods and with splashes of jade which over the weekend becomes a hive of customer noise and dashing staff.

Service

Generally friendly and hospitable, though during extremely busy times the staff can get a bit too keen on turning the tables around for the next guests.

Location

Within the city walls on the left bank of the river, it’s only a short walk to the heart of the city centre.

Price advice

Expect to pay between £3.60-£14.00 for an appetiser and £7.50-£16.00 for a main course. If the extensive a la carte menu becomes overwhelming, a choice of set banquets is offered starting at £20.00 per person. If visiting for lunch, consider one of their set menus priced from £12.00.

Tables to book

A table near to the large plate glass windows to watch the world go by on George Hudson Street. 

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Foodies
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • Sightseeing
  • Design and architecture

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