Red Chilli in Havant's North Street scores lots of points in a town badly affected by recession. I featured the restaurant exterior in my Flickr photostream, admiring the preservation of its pub history - it was formerly Brickwood's The Perseverance. The interior has been sympathetically remodelled to accommodate the elegant seating and decor of Red Chilli. This is another 'Indian' restaurant which has moved away from the traditional decor perhaps because it clearly identifies itself as offering Bangladeshi cuisine. It was nice to see this distinction as many of the restaurants we clumsily describe as 'Indian' are, in fact, Bangladeshi owned and operated although the menu is often broader South Asian. Today, there were some unfamiliar but tempting items. We were tempted and not disappointed. One usually judges such restaurants initially by the poppadums; these were fresh and tasty with their chutneys. Starters of Chom Chom Chat Chicken and Spicy Nutty Duck were delicious although my partner wondered whether the duck was too spicy. We pondered on this over my main course of Spicy Nutty Chicken which was very good - not too spicy - and eaten with an excellent garlic naan.My partner's Lamb Hatkora was also very good. I am not an enormous fan of lamb but I admired this preparation with lemon. Portions were generous but not over-sized and the bill was reasonable. Service throughout was very pleasant. I hope Red Chilli thrives.
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