There are a lot of parallels to be drawn between Morganfield's and Chili's. Both are family-friendly, American-chain restaurants that serve Southwestern American cuisine. But that's where the similarities end. Where Chili's excels in almost every cheese-laden, carb-centric or meaty protein dish on their menu, Morganfield's is more than a little disappointing in comparison. Service is also tighter at Chili's. Although Morganfield's has had more than a year to iron out any servicing kinks, and the hordes and snaking queues have dissipated, the staff still seemed choppy and blur. Plus, Morganfield's is a lot more out of the way than the very centralised Chili's. It's not to say that Morganfield's was awful. It's just that it wasn't as good as Chili's.
We didn't quite take to the Chili Concarne ($3.90), which was more like a mix of pulled pork, mince and kidney beans stewed in Tex-Mex chili spices. The addition of shredded pork was, to say the least, disconcerting because I've always associated chili with fatty mince instead.
The Lobster Bisque ($9.90) was too rich and got really sickeningly cloying quickly. This needed a lot of pepper to get through.
The gargantuan Morgan's Ribs Sampler ($116.90) was lackluster. The grilled corn was dried out, thick cut fries were uninspiring, and the corn muffins were a pale imitation of Kenny Roger's rendition as these were overwhelmingly rich with buttermilk. The ribs were marinated well and intensely flavoured but because parts of them were dried out,they were resultingly forgettable. Chili's does this fantastically. The best part of this platter was the sausages, which isn't saying much because how difficult is it to screw up sausages, right?
Every platter is served up with a dessert of Chocolate Lava Cake, which, despite its generous portion, failed to impress. It didn't have that oomph or balance of the tiny ones at 3 Inch Sin or Craft Bakery.
1 Vista Exchange Green
The Star Vista #02-23
Tel: 6694 3635
Open Mondays to Thursdays from 12noon to 3pm for lunch;6pm to 10.30pm for dinner
Fridays from 12noon to 3pm for lunch; 6pm to 12midnight for dinner
Saturdays from 12noon to 12midnight
Sundays from 12noon to 10.30pm