Food Standard Agency inspectors blasted Red Chilli, Siam Supermarket & Cafe and China City

Three Manchester Chinatown restaurants have been awarded with the worst food hygiene ratings by the Food Standard Agency (FSA).

As reported by the Manchester Evening News, Red Chilli on Portland Street, Siam Supermarket & Cafe on George Street and China City on Faulkner street were all handed a zero food hygiene score by the FSA.

All three restaurants were told to urgently improve their cleanliness. According to the paper, Inspectors said “major improvements” were needed regarding ‘hygienic handling of food, including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage’.

Inspectors also added improvements were necessary on the “cleanliness and condition of facilities and building (including having appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control) to enable good food hygiene”.

The FSA scale goes from zero to five, with five representing a safe and clean standard.

Boss of Siam Supermarket & Cafe, Lallalin Mahasrabphaisa, claims to have done “everything asked to ensure we meet standards” since being awarded the poor score in January. The restaurant is currently awaiting re-inspection.

Red Chilli, Siam Supermarket & Cafe and China City were each visited by Manchester Council’s Environmental Health Team who inspected the kitchens.

Red Chilli was taken over by administrators in 2015 but and owner died the following year. The restaurant reopened in 2016. Siam Cafe was reportedly highly praised in 2014 by a Guardian food review. China City is a reportedly well-established restaurant in Manchester Chinatown.