Spicing it Up! Chilies from around the World

Spicing it Up! Chilies from around the World

I can’t lie, I love spice and in particular chili so as soon as I heard that Jones the Grocer have introduced a special chili menu I had to pop over and try it out.

There are tons of different types of chilis, with heat levels ranging from 2,000 through to 350,000 on the chili heat level, but don’t worry this isn’t a menu which you’ll find too hot to handle.

“While there are one or two dishes that are quite spicy, we didn’t want something that people wouldn’t enjoy. We’ve used a really wide range of heat levels and flavours in the menu – Group Executive Chef Alex Ferriss

There are eight dishes on the menu with enough choice to take you from breakfast through to dessert.

We started off with the mojito which was perfectly spicy and warming with the chili hitting the back of the throat in a pleasant way, we’re hoping this stays on the menu as it was really good. We followed this with a fire roasted tomato & chipotle soup topped with avocado, which we loved.

Spicy Quinoa Shakshouka and hanger steak with yucca fries followed.  We loved the Steak and the yucca fries are particularly morish but regretted ordering the shakshouka as it was not to our taste.

Desert followed with a pineapple and jalapeño cheesecake.  Whilst this was pleasant, we would have preferred it to be a bit more spicy, and admit to ordering ‘off menu’ where we had quick fork battle over the raspberry tart with white chocolate which was sublime – no rush it’s on the menu all year around.

Dishes on offer include :

  • · Confit duck with mulato chili hoisin sauce wrap
  • · Tempah, papaya and mango thai salad with nim jam dressing
  • · Fire roasted tomato & chipotle chili soup topped with tortilla chips and avocado
  • · Buttermilk fried chicken & sriracha slaw burger
  • · Mole marinated hanger steak, chimichurri, salsa criolla & yucca fries
  • · Pineapple and jalapeno chili baked cheesecake
  • · Habanero mojito mocktail

Feel like bringing some spice home? You can buy a variety of dried and marinated chilies, chutneys and relishes in store, many of which have been brought in specially.


The special menu is available until 6th November at selected Jones The Grocer Outlets. Prices are between 20/AED and 88/AED.


[Images by Debbie Rogers]

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