Chili's is one of those american restaurants frequented by Indians a lot, where ever they are set up. Not because the food is amazing, its the spread that's available - obviously without the standard american sizes.
For whatever its worth, i am sure you will "spend" a good time here, whether or not the food is good.
It so happened that in a span of 2 days, i have visited Chili's twice. The first time it was a Friday evening happy hour group celebration at Broadcom Hyd and the second time it was a hungry jacks dash for food because wife and daughter launched a shopping onslaught.
The Happy hour thing was obviously sponsored for 30 of us. The seating was outside midst cigarette smoke and kids shrieks from the play area below.
There was nothing as an ambiance to that simply because we were outside.
Someone had already ordered for everyone. The orders included - the triple dipper - veg and non veg , onion rings , nachos ,
blackened fish in peppercorn sauce along with minty melon and non alcoholic margaritas across the table in multiple repetitions.
The service for 30 ppl was as expected slow. It was always an experience that if we have a pre-decided menu - service is faster. Well that opinion is mine to nurture.
One after the other the orders were served. The first to come were the margaritas followed by nachos then the veg triple dipper , the non veg triple dipper and the blackened fish.
The veg triple dipper was ordinary at best. The paneer was just batter fried , the cheese poppers were forgettable , the southwestern rolls were remaining in all platters - terrible these were.
The non-veg version was a lot better, i loved the chicken wings in these ( the best i've had is at HRC with heavy metal sauce and blue cheese sauce - damn it was awesome ). The chicken strips were also good.
Unfortunately none of the sauces were housemade. They were all produce of star bazaar from below. Nevertheless the were serving their purpose.
The cranberry margarita i had was simply devine, the salt rim cut through the sweetness of the sugar syrup and zing of the cranberry. Wonderfully refreshing it was and what more did i want other than 1-1 free !
Almost everyone liked the margaritas.
The onion rings were like the "child we never wanted to have" . Very sparsely coated onions , which was obvious because we could make out that they were just cut, dipped and fried - no consistency in size, shape or taste - pretty bad.
The Blackened fish was left on all tables, most of them said it was bad. I would rather take it as their high handedness or utter disregard for the food simply because it was sponsored. Even if bad, it should have been finished to the maximum extent possible. When you go to enjoy, this happens a lot.
All in all , it was an okayish evening.
The next afternoon, we had the veg tacos and Bombay burger with the Margaritas.
The Tacos were like rotis. I thought they were supposed to be crisp. The filling was wet as hell. How on earth is that taco going to stay crisp with so much liquid on it ? ! It came with a side of rice and black beans. My wife loved it but i was not happy at all.
The bombay burger was well - nothing ordinary either - forget spectacular. The burgers we get at king and cardinal far better than these. No onion, one slice of tomato and shredded lettuce cost me 200 rs. For sitting near the rear window with no AC, K&C offers similar ambiance for 1/3 the price. The entire meal set us back bt 1120 rs ! pretty expensive for an ordinary meal
A similar experience i had in Chilis at Pune and now here. I wonder if they ever take customer feedback in action.
The burger was bad - probably no one eats it. If so, get the damn thing of the menu. Dont serve bland food for american prices.
All in all, Chilis is an Indian experience at American prices and not necessarily good food.