In 1975, Chili’s launched as a fun burger joint in Dallas with loyalties to happy hours and blue jeans. On May 9, 2012, it opened its outpost in Gurgaon at the Ambience Mall. I am here to check it out.
As I enter its large premises with a typical fast-food restaurant look, I am escorted to my table by an efficient staffer. The menu, I notice, has some similarities with the Chili’s international menu, but with many omissions. I wonder how authentic the dishes are. “Our menu has been chosen keeping in mind the Indian tastes,” says General Manager Devesh Shrivastava, “We have fewer steaks than we offer internationally, but more salads, burgers and fajitas. We also have a strong vegetarian menu.”
The restaurant is named after the first dish I order. Chili was originally a Spanish dish known as chili con carne, with the recipe dating back to the 16th century. Since then the dish has evolved much and is one of the staples in Mexican and Tex-mex cuisine. Here, the chili (cup for Rs 100), made with buffalo meat mince, red and black beans is just as delicious and authentic as one would find in the Wild Wild West.
My main course is the appetizingly christened cedar plank salmon (Rs 450)—a salmon fillet grilled on a ridged cedar plank served with mashed potatoes, veggies and a cilantro aioli sauce. The fish is juicy and subtly seasoned with the cedar adding a smoky-woody undertone to the taste. The accompanying vegetables however are wilted and stale. A problem that persists in the chicken Caesar’s salad (Rs 150); the lettuce is droopy and dry. A pity because the chicken in the salad is top grade and well grilled.
My next dish is the one that has had Chili’s making its mark the world over – the mighty burger. Big mouth bites (Rs 300) has four mini tenderloin burgers topped with cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce, smoked bacon and all the other paraphernalia that any self-respecting burger should have. It is served with a ranch dressing, onion rings and of course, French fries. What I love the most is the size of the burgers, which conveniently fit in the mouth. The eating experience is top-notch. The patty is juicy, andthe toppings are in harmony, leading to a great burger moment. This is definitely the best burger I have had in Gurgaon.
Chili’s is a welcome addition to Gurgaon’s eating out options. Only two months old, and the restaurant is already running full and for good reason. The food is excellent, and so is the service. I will be back to have my burger and chili fix, and would recommend you do so too.
Ratings out of 5
Food: 4.5 | Ambiance: 4.0 | Service: 4.5 |Overall: 4.5
Meal for Two: Rs1500| Alcohol: Yes| Credit Card: Yes| Timing: 12 Noon to 12:30 AM
Address: Chili’s, 3rd Floor, DLF Phase 3, NH8, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon | Phone: 0124 4685787