Chew on this: Chili’s

Yo, all my foodies…It’s been a long time since I post a food review, but the belly is back to burp! :)

I’ve been creating quite a post backlog, and got a loads of good food for me to review. But today I’m posting about my delicious experience at Chili’s. Chili’s is a well known international franchise restaurant where you will feel at home eating wonderful food and drinking cool refreshing drinks. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chili’s is basically a resto that offers not really a spicy food literally, but they have frozen margaritas and amazing fajitas! The price might be a bit expensive but it’s all worth it. Currently it has 6 locations around the metro. Chili’s is a great hang-out place for foodies who want authentic American and Mexican specialties.

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Another fixture of malls among other places is the Chili’s Restaurants and their trademark Chili Pepper sign. A good advertising ploy since the “chili pepper” can be seen well before you can actually spot the restaurant. You see, Chili’s is one of the few casual dining places I like.

It’s nice to go out and treat yourself to a good meal. During our lunch dates, my friends and I decided to splurge a little since it was our first time being together again for months so we had lunch at Chili’s in Greenbelt 5 during a hot afternoon. The Chili’s place at Greenbelt 5 was actually big; it also has some more tables outside to accommodate customers who smoke and love seeing the skies. It is a great place to relax with friends and family. It is our favorite hangout if we are craving for Mexican and American food.

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L-R: Zackie and Me
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L-R: With my friend boyfriend, Ron, Gaena and Paige

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There were four of us and if you frequent Chili’s you know that they have big servings. Imagine four girls ordering Bottomless Tostada chips, Buffalo wings, Pesto Pasta, Sandwiches and Bottomless Iced Tea all at once. There were only four of us but our table was so full of plates. **Since we frequently eat at Chili’s the pictures I posted are on different lunch dates with the friends. :))**

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L-R: Me and Paige
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L-R: Jen and Zackie
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Here we are enjoying our foods!! :D

The menu includes starters, salads, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, fajitas and hamburgers. They have a full service bar and I’m sure I won’t be the first to tell Chili’s staff knows how to mix some pretty nice drinks. I find their food to be exceptional and fantastic. To me it all had different taste to each item I sampled; perhaps it was their signature blend of spices applied to all their food.

Being the creatures of habit that we are, we ordered pretty much the same food that we always do. Food serving here are big. So ready your tummy for it will be great dining experience. Make sure to loosen your pants button. :)

For starter, we ordered The Triple Dipper and Bottomless Tostada chips.

We started our dinner with our favorite Tostada chips. Since we were hungry and this one is very easy to prepare, this can help us pass the hunger for a few minutes.

The Bottomless Tostada chips are crunchy with mildly spicy salsa dip.  Like oh my goodness I’ve been craving for this for so long already. This is like a bowl of goodness. You can “top-up” the chips for free as many times as you want. We Filipinos love this sorta “free” thing, hence why Chili’s is always, always packed. By the way, the chips and salsa dip have unlimited refills so if you want to simply eat this till you are so full of chips, go ahead! :) We managed to finish two or three refills of the chips and have taken home the fourth refill (nearly empty too).
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Tostada chips with salsa dip
The Triple Dipper is a combo of their best selling appetizers: Buffalo wings, this one is really spicy but it complements really well with the cheese dip. It was okay to me which needs a little more tanginess flavor. Chicken Crispers, perfectly golden brown breaded chicken. I was surprise that it’s really juicy and tender! And South Western Eggrolls, its crispy flour filled with smoked chicken, black beans, corn, cheese, red peppers and spinach. I find it a bit spicy, but who cares, its gooood! Served with their winner sauce and dipping.
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Triple Dipper: Buffalo wings, Chicken crispers & South Western eggrolls
We also ordered the Chipotle Chicken Pesto Pasta. We first thought that it’s same boring pasta when they served it to our table. But I was wrong. Really creamy, pasta on a chipotle based pesto sauce topped with huge chunks of grilled chicken. The portion of this dish was very large. I think it really was meant for three to four people to eat. The taste of the garnishing and sour cream and the green stuff was not that bad actually.
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Chipotle Chicken Pesto Pasta
As addition to our meal, we have the Cajun Club Sandwich. The sandwich itself is delicious served with french fries. It’s little, roughly three bites’ worth, and is very tasty.
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Cajun Club Sandwich
And the Bacon Burger was quite satisfying. Just looking at it, you could sense some serious substance. The solid slab of beef is served with crispy-thick bacon, aged cheddar cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and mayo. The quantity was pretty good considering what I paid. Served on a sesame seed bun Plus! It was also served with fries. The fries were crispy and hot with enough salt already on them. Their patty was huge and awesome!
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Bacon Burger
For drinks all of us ordered Bottomless beverages you can choose from Iced Tea, Lemonade and Fountain drinks. The lemonade was okay but I didn’t really enjoy them since they were not too sweet (I have a severe case of sweet tooth!)

By the end of the meal, we had our leftovers wrapped to go and asked for the bill. We were making wild guesses as to how much our total bill would be. Our bill was around Php2k+. Crazy but well worth it. We just said we’ll never over-order ever again! It’s just that Chili’s has so many scrumptious foods to choose from and it’s difficult to only choose 1 among 50 choices. What’s good though is that their servings are big enough to share as a group.

The staffs are very friendly and accommodating. They have a good knowledge of the food they serving. You can always ask them what’s good or not according to your taste preferences. Despite having a lot of customers, the service was very fast.

All in all, it was quite a gastronomical dining experience. The overall menu is a bit expensive, but the food choices will fill you up. Chili’s isn’t a bad deal for food. Good little bites, though, but filling as hell. Extremely addictive until you actually get full. I just wanted to keep eating and eating until my stomach reminded me that it was full. And everything tasted great. I can’t complain.  I’d really like to go back and try other dishes. It is definitely worth a second (or even a third & fourth) try. Plus I’d like to claim my free buffalo wings on my next visit. :)

You can check their website or you too can enjoy these yummy foods by simply visiting there branches at these following locations around the metro:

MAKATI: 2nd Level Greenbelt 5 Ayala Center Makati City
GREENHILLS: 26 Missouri St. cor. Nevada St., Northeast Greenhills San Juan
TOMAS MORATO: 199 Tomas Morato Ave. cor. Scout Fernandez Quezon City
ROCKWELL: P1 Unit 36 Power Plant Mall Rockwell Center
ALABANG TOWN CENTER: LGF, Corte de Las Palmas Expansion, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City
MEGAMALL:  2/L Mega Atrium, SM Megamall Edsa cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City

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