Hmm, I like it hot. I don't think hot detracts from the flavour but adds to the experience.
While in India our Indian friends would tell restaurant staff that we liked spicy food. We would have an audience of all staff and customers as we dined, partly because we were foreigners in an area tourists don't visit, but also to see if we could eat spicy. On a road trip we stopped at a restaurant for a second time. The staff said they remembered us and knew what we liked. Our food arrived extra extra hot! My husband and I didn't flinch but we knew the cook was trying to test us. When they took my empty plate the staff member asked me how my meal was and I replied that it was very nice thankyou. I heard him repeat my words followed by peals of laughter from the kitchen. My husband and I said nothing about it at the time but agreed later if it was much hotter we couldn't have eaten it.
Unfortunately nowadays my mouth loves hot food, but I can experience pain in my tummy after eating it.