Monday, September 23, 2013
Chili's is Breaking Out The Cheese-Crusted Steak and Chicken!
Met up with the Hungrygowhere folks and readers for a very chill evening at Chili's. Man, I have not been to Chili's since they came back to Singapore, and didn't even realise they now have four outlets (Tanglin Mall, The Central, RWS and J-Cube)! Whoa!
We kicked off the evening with the Platinum Presidente Margarita S$16 - made with Tres Generaciones Angejo Tequila, Cointreau Orange Liquer and Brandy garnished with Fresh Lim Sour. (Add S$14 for the shaker) I really liked the extra thick rims of the glasses - great for picking up salt.
Chili's had just rolled out some new items on the menu available from now through 26 November 2013. Diners will enjoy 20% off when they order any 2 new menu items.
The tostada chips and housemade salsa are not new, but these are always a treat. Nothing gets an evening started like drinks and some communal snacking. Oh, the salsa dip also comes in useful in one of the dishes below.
OK, the new items are:
Fried Quesadilla Bites S$11
Flour tortillas stuffed with southwest chicken and cheese. These are battered and fried, and come to you with a serving of chipotle sour cream.
This is crispy on the outside, and with stringy melty cheese on the inside. We also experimented dipping this with the aforementioned salsa. And we found that the tangy tomato dip paired even better with the quesadillas, as the acidity helped to cut through the grease.
Parmesan Chicken S$24
Chicken breast crusted with Parmesan and Monterey Jack cheese. Drizzled with chile butter and sprinkled with green onions. Served with choice of two sides (Homestyle Fries and Smoked Potato here).
The chicken breast deserves mention, because when I cut through the meat, it was so tender, I half wondered if we had been served fish instead. It was chicken indeed, but they have a special way of cooking the breast so that it stays tender and juicy. I wanted to find out how, but hmm, it's a trade secret.
The sides you can choose include the giant yams or sweet potatoes the South is famous for. The Smoked Sweet Potato is really huge, but surprisingly mild in flavour. I loved the Corn on the Cob - it is extra gorgeous and sweet.
Other sides include Jalapeno Mashed Potatoes, Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli, Rice, and Black Beans.
Bacon & Cheddar Steak S$39
Southwest seasoned steak topped with bacon and melted cheddar cheese. Served with choice of two sides.
What's better than steak? Steak + bacon + cheese! Oh heavens help me! If you like all three, this can be a deadly combination. We had the steak medium well, but it was still nicely pink in the middle.
Parmesan Crusted Steak S$39
Steak crusted with Parmesan and Monterey Jack cheese. Served with choice of two sides.
Cheese bubbling over steak. This smelled really good. It's a hearty chunk of steak too. All of us had to share.
Banana Bread Pudding S$13
Decadent banana bread pudding topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, chopped nuts and a caramel drizzle.
My, I never knew Chili's would be good for desserts, but this was such comfort food defined. Soft, warm, moist banana bread with ice cream and caramel plus crunchy nuts. Hands down the favourite dish of the night, despite us being so full from all the heavy dishes earlier.
We all went home very happy after this.
Thanks to HGW for the dinner - it was fun meeting everyone!
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