We were invited along to try out Pizza Hut’s new Naga Chilli Cheesy Bites Roulette Challenge, and despite it having no connection to our main area of expertise, we decided to accept.
Food is meant to be fun; so what would be more fun than laughing at your mate struggling to cope with the Scovilles, whilst playing roulette and eating pizza?
We headed to our local(ish) restaurant at Cardiff Bay on a Sunday afternoon and took our place at a comfortable booth near the drinks machine. If this was going to be “Blow your head off” hot, than that seemed like the wisest seat choice.
We opted for the Big Sharer deal, which consisted of a large pizza (we went for the Meat Feast), two sides (we picked the ribs and the wings) and a dessert each (I had the chocolate chunk cheesecake) and it came to £27.95. Upgrading to the Naga Chilli Cheesy Bites Roulette cost an additional £3.50. Unlimited fizzy drinks were £2.85.
Service was quick and the staff friendly. They were keen to let us know that we weren’t the first to take up the challenge and that one of the members of staff had even seen a friend in tears because of how hot it was. I was getting excited for this.
A bit of background about me and hot, spicy food. Until I was about 14 years old, I couldn’t handle much more than a korma from my local Indian takeaway. When I was 15, I went to the states and was introduced to Mexican food and jalapenos. At that point, I thought that was my limit.
After spending time in London, a Nigerian friend made me some Jollof Rice, which was a rice-based dish with tomatoes, chicken and plenty of herbs and spices as well as a few Scotch Bonnet peppers in there too.
I’ve been pretty comfortable with chilli’s since then, but I’ll never pick a dish just because it’s hot.
The Naga is a beast of a chilli and there is pretty much no way I’d just lob one of those into my gob and eat it for a laugh, but in a hot sauce….that’s a different story.
The food was all brought out together and the pizza looked great with all those cheesy doughball bites around the edge of the pizza base. Every fifth or sixth doughball was coated in a glistening, red sauce that signalled its intent to attack your tastebuds into submission.
Your meal is accompanied by a roulette wheel that will determine whether your cheesy bite is hot or not. You place the wheel on the table, ping the chilli, get your hand out of the way and then see where it lands.
Watch the video to see how we got on.
The hot sauce initially comes in with a sweetness that is beautiful. Slowly a heat begins to gather and grow. My first chilli bite built up to a kick, and to be fair, I wouldn’t have expected anything less. Despite the warning on the menu that said that it wasn’t suitable for kids, part of me wondered if this would maybe have been tamed down to appease the masses. Turns out that I needn’t have worried about that at all.
The second bite isn’t as bad as the first, probably because the element of surprise is gone and you now know exactly what to expect.
Overall, this was a really fun food experience with family and friends and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of hot sauce with their pizza.
*Our food was paid for by a marketing agency representing Pizza Hut, but this hasn’t influenced our blog content….we’d just not have written anything if we didn’t like it.