Sorry for the hiatus. The adage is totally true, that when it rains, it pours. It's been a pretty crazy couple of weeks at work, and I've finally gotten a breather.
One of our favourite go-to restaurants for Tex-Mex cuisine, or good 'ol American fare is Chili's. It first opened to great fanfare (and consequently not-so-great crowds) when it arrived back on our sunny shores in 2009. 3 years on, 2 new branches, and I'm glad to report that while the crowd has dwindled, the standard of their food and service haven't slacked off. I'm constantly recommending Chili's to my friends, because portions are huge, quality is consistently good and delicious and service is always affable and super efficient. I swear the wait staff at Chili's are running on pure sugar, they're like a hybrid of Speedy Gonzales and Tweety Bird!
I love Chili's fajitas, minus the flour tortillas. The Fajita Trio ($35) is strictly for people that can't make up their fickle minds, because you get your red meat (steak), white meat (chicken) and seafood (spicy garlic & lime shrimp that were so sweet and crunchy). They were all grilled to perfection and served on a sizzling hotplate with sliced peppers. Super moist, super tender and super flavoursome.
The Quesadillas ($18) are for people who are too lazy to wrap their own fajitas, because these are served already wrapped so you can just pick it up. Thick slices of fajita-marinated steak were tossed with caramelized grilled onions and melted jack cheese then wrapped in buttery soft toasted tortillas and dollops of sour cream and pico de gallo.
While I felt the Grilled Baby Back Ribs ($39 for full rack) could have been marinated for a longer period, the triple-basting of Chili's classic BBQ sauce packed a punch with their full-on flavour while mesquite wood lent aroma. The meaty ribs had a lip-smackingly fall-off-the-bone texture.
This was classic Southern cuisine, Country Fried Chicken ($17), fork-tender battered chicken breast was served alongside mashed potatoes, black pepper gravy, juicy corn on the cob and fragrant garlic toast.
Whoever said that healthy stuff is tasteless ought to be redirected to Chili's Guiltless Chicken Platter ($17) where a moist piece of chicken breast was brilliantly seasoned simply with pepper and salt. This was served with sides of capsicum spiced rice and corn on the cob (we switched out the seasonal vegetables with the corn).
No more BK's mushroom swiss for us, Chili's Mushroom Swiss Burger ($19) laden with earthy sauteed mushrooms, aged Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles, sans mayo is the gold standard, with a scrumptiously juicy beef patty. This was served with a black pepper mash side.
The Blazin' Big Mouth Bites ($21) kicked up a notch with fiery jalepenos and American cheese were huge! Though Chili's has this in a scaled down appetizer size for sharing. Crispy onion shoestrings and thick fries completed the meal.
For carb lovers, there's the Cajun Chicken Pasta ($19), penne done al-dente coated in creamy Alfredo that's cut with diced tomatoes and topped with Cajun-spiced chicken breast strips, Parmesan cheese and garlic toast.
We've recently been turned on to Chili's Terlingua Chili ($6 for cup), a slow-cooked beef mince amped up with onions, peppers & slow-heat Mexican chilis, then topped with sour cream and melted mixed cheese. This is old fashioned Southern comfort food, and I'm always hit with memories of ball games in the US whenever I have chili.
The bowl version ($10) can easily make up an entire meal on its own.
Chili's Grill & Bar
#02-23 Tanglin Mall
163 Tanglin Road
Tel: 6733 3317
Open Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 10pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 11pm