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.