Chilli. You either get it, or you don't. Why would anyone want a mouth full of fire? A racing heart and constricted lungs? A streaming nose and eyes? And worst of all, a potentially painful trip to the toilet the next day?

Because the endorphin rush is pure bliss, that's why.

These spots get it. Collectively they offer some of the most volcanic dishes in Melbourne, with heat levels to challenge even the most seasoned chilli fiend.

For the less experienced: if the going gets too hot, know that water's not your friend. Capsaicin, the active ingredient in chilli, isn't water-soluble and you'll just spread the heat around your mouth even more. You're better off with bread, rice, beer, or in the most extreme cases, a cold glass of milk.

Long Chim

Order the Chiang Mai chicken larp and get ready to sweat.

Crown Melbourne Riverwalk 8 Whiteman Street
Southbank VIC 3006

BKK

Go the mushroom salad.

2 Duke Street
Windsor VIC 3181

Trunk Diner

All about those Stupid-Hot Wings.

275 Exhibition Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Hakata Gensuke Hawthorn

How about some "God Fire" ramen?

Tenancy 4 860/862 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn VIC 3122
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