Standing outside Chilis in Delhi and wondering should you give this a try? Read my thoughts about Chilis Grill and Bar Delhi review and you’ll surely try the restaurant.
I am a big time fan of Mexican food although I have never been to either the USA or Mexico (on that note, check out about the cenotes in Mexico). Be it tacos or a fajita, I never shy away from trying something new. When a renowned chain opens up in your hometown, you make sure it’s worth the hype. That was the case for me when I decided to head to Chilis. The ambience, the light music, and relatively low footfall immediately got me into liking the restaurant.
I don’t really prefer the restaurant where there’s a waiting line, and then you have to eat your food and relieve the table fast so that the others in the queue can occupy it. I am a foodie, and the kind who likes to first enjoy the food through bare eyes, then through a camera and then enjoy every drink and every bite slowly. Feel me? You’re surely like me then 😉 Hop on to my food review wagon!!
Chilis Grill and Bar Delhi Review
For me, the ambience of the restaurant is one of the most important aspects. Hence I usually indulge in looking for decor before choosing to dine there. So, for my Chilis Grill and Bar Delhi review, I will start with decor itself.
The restaurant throughout has dim lights but was slightly brightly illuminated compared to Farzi Café where I just had been to a few days ago – but still not as per my expectations. The restaurant was relatively free for a Friday lunch which landed us a nice seat. The Chilis Grill and Bar menu were well drafted in an easily understandable way. What I loved about Chilis Grill and Bar was that they put exact pictures on their menu and the food looked actually same which I’ll come to soon.
The restaurant serves continental cuisines and focuses on American, Mexican, Italian and Salads. For this time, I took the call to try Mexican cuisine besides the famous Tacos 🙂 We ordered two Mexican dishes and have smoothies along with them.
Burritos are already a well-known name and so we thought let’s try one. Another was Skillet Jambalaya which was actually recommended by the staff. Given my love for fruit drinks, I thought to try smoothies here and so went ahead with Peach fantasy and Berry Delight. You might think why one of each? It’s a trick I learned that it’s better to try one and then order again if you like it. Agreed?
Right before the drinks arrived, plates arrived with silverware yet a different kind of knife which I have never seen a restaurant yet!! It kind of took me straight to my mum’s kitchen, because this wasn’t the kind used in fine dining restaurants. Despite that, I liked the change, would you??
The staff asked for water options – regular or mineral. I opted for regular. I used to think that regular water in India is no-go, as it’s not filtered in most places. But recently only I got to know that in *nice* restaurants, even the regular water is filtered. The difference is that it’s not *typical* mineral water and rather purified through Aquaguard or RO. So, if you’re dining in a nice, well-located restaurant, it’s safe to go with regular water. Seconds later, I was surprised when we served with water in a pitcher.. yes a pitcher!! How unique is that? I always appreciate the thoughts behind such attempts.
I guess I have already established that I love fruits – practically all sorts of fruits – So forth smoothies or even mocktails are my drinks. Mocktails are usually placed in the food menu section only & the cocktails/alcohol menu is separate one in most resto-bars. Well moving on, out of all the fruits, Berries, and oranges tend to be my pick.
Berry Delight is a typical smoothie found in a variety of Indian restaurants. Just a few days ago I had one in Chandigarh, that was way better than and, way thicker than the one at Chilis. So I had my hopes high, so the Berry delight here was slightly underwhelming for me but good enough.
Peach Fantasy is another similar smoothie based on Peach syrup, Passionfruit and orange juice giving it little tangy flavour. It was sweeter than the Berry Delight which was odd as I expected to be tangier.
Suggested Read – Farzi Café Review – Indian Flavors with a twist
Chilis Grill and Bar have an amazingly fast service as I didn’t expect the food to arrive that quickly. We were served with burritos with black beans and Chipotle Aioli. For those who are new to Mexican flavours – burritos are nothing but a flour tortilla stuffed with a variety of things and closed in a cylindrical form. As we ordered a vegetarian burrito, it was stuffed with Chipotle rice, corn salsa, missed cheese, guacamole, and Pico de Gallo.
Chipotle Aioli was a different kind of mayo and yet very delicious. Although I was a tad disappointed by the black beans, as I couldn’t relish their flavour despite the fact that they’re one of my favourite type of beans or maybe they simply lacked the kind of flavour I was expecting. The outer wrap was slightly hard and even difficult to eat with silverware. Yet, it was different but I will recommend the second dish recommended to us by the staff.
I guess first time in my life I might have ordered a dish whose name was completely foreign to me and literally sounded exotic. I liked the picture the staff showed me on the menu when I asked for a recommendation in a fajita. Sometimes, the recommendations by the staff introduce you to amazing dishes but it can go wrong as well. As it was my birthday, so I decided to give it a try, and man I was so pleased that I went ahead with the recommended dish. Skillet Jambalaya is the one I’m referring to.
As they said on their menu that “Everyone on your table will want some!!” Well, that was true. Chipotle rice was the main ingredient of the dish although the addition of the Jambalaya sauce added a ton of flavours. Merged with roasted veggies, coriander, and green onions Jambalaya was a perfect dish for me.
For me, the highlight of the dish was cottage cheese – that too in excellent quantity and slightly roasted and partially sliced in small pieces placed just on top of the dish & decorated with coriander. No amount of words or adjectives can describe how tempting and really was a challenge to resist. This was truly one of those dishes whose taste will stay with me for a long time and Skillet Jambalaya will surely make me return to Chilis.
The restaurant is reasonably priced in the fine dining range. All these dishes cost us as low as 1400 INR or 25$. The non-vegetarian dishes will cost slightly more but still, the place will cost all in all below $50.
Chilis Grill and Bar is literally in almost every corner of Delhi. Located in well-known Ambience Mall – both Gurgaon and Vasant Kunj one. If you’re staying near South Delhi, you can head to either the Ambience Mall – Vasant Kunj one or set foot in the DLF Place Mall in Saket. If you’re in the centre of Delhi, you can easily found in Connaught Place’s M-Block of the outer circle. Staying near Noida – don’t worry, there’s one in the DLF Mall of India also. Not to mention the one located in West Delhi’s renowned Pacific mall. Feel like reading more reviews from foodies like us, head to Zomato for a specific restaurant.
I was really pleased that I tried Chilis Grill and Bar considering my known love for Mexican food. The service was superbly fast and the staff was helpful even provided recommendations for first-timers at their restaurant. There’s always a leverage with global names, but it’s pleasant to actually witness what makes them a global name and how they maintain it. Anyone looking for Mexican/American food in Delhi, I would recommend the restaurant given my Chilis Grill and Bar Delhi Review.
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