Sunday 10 February 2013

[CLOSED] Chili's (The Central) – Chillin and Grillin Menu

Thank you and Chili's for the invitation to this food tasting session.

Chili's (The Central) was opened in October 2012. This time we were invited for a food tasting, as the brand came out with a new seasonal menu “Chillin and Grillin”, available in between 30 Jan 2013 to 9 April 2013.

We kick off the tasting with: Chile Garlic-Rubbed Ribeye – ribeye steak seasoned with garlic-chile rub, topped with chipotle pesto and green onions. On the sides, spicy jalapeño mashed potatoes and broccoli with bacon.

Chile Garlic-Rubbed Ribeye

The ribeye was grilled to medium with a nice charred grill on the outer part to seal its juicy and tender steak. You can taste the garlic-chile rub on the ribeye, while the chipotle pesto give a nice flavour, similar to a garlic butter. Yummyyy!!! For the sides, the mashed potatoes has a nice texture, and the jalapeño is there for Texmex taste and little heat on the tongue instead of mind blowing spicy which the legendary jalapeño are famous for. The broccoli are crunchy with bacon flavour, but I do not see any bacon or bacon bits on the plate.

Next come Triple Smoked Burger – the patties are seasoned with smoked paprika, salt and pepper blend, topped with melted smoked chipotle cheese, crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Serve with homestyle fries and zesty chipotle aioli.

Triple Smoked Burger

The burger are grilled nicely, where it is still tender and juicy. The bacon and cheese serving are generous to complement the burger. You can actually taste the smoky flavour. The best part of this dish is actually the homestyle fries with aioli. Let's put it this way, once you start dipping the fries to the aioli, you just can't stop.

Next, Smoked Chicken Jalapeño Mac and Cheese – Penne pasta in a creamy Alfredo sauce, sharp cheddar cheese, jalapeños, and smoked chicken seasoned with smoked paprika. Topped with melted cheddar.

Smoked Chicken Jalapeño Mac and Cheese 

I am actually more of a chicken thigh person, but I have to admit this is the most succulent chicken breast that I ever taste. The smoky flavour of the chicken is just so memorable. I don't really like the penne and I find that there is not enough sauce in the mac and cheese.

The Tender Chicken

The same can be said about the Chile Garlic-Rubbed Chicken. The meat is super tender and juicy. The same seasoning that are used on the steak, with similar presentation. It is drizzled with creamy cilantro aioli. A quick query to Stephen, the Director of Culinary for Chili's, they imported most of the ingredients directly from USA,  including the chicken and steak.

Chile Garlic-Rubbed Chicken

Other than than the Chillin and Grillin menu, we also tried their famous The original Grilled Baby Back Ribs. The ribs was smoked over 4 hours and the meat just come off the bone. As they do not boil the meat first, there are parts of the ribs that tasted dry out and a bit tough. But the smoky flavour is excellent.

Grilled Baby Back Ribs

Pulled Pork Burger. The pork was cooked over a long period of time and pulled / shredded into pieces, topped with cheese and crispy onion strings and BBQ sauce. This pulled pork is just juicy and tender and complemented with BBQ sauce. On the sides, are homestyle fries.

Pulled Pork Burger

Wings over Buffalo. The size of the wings are more like duck wings rather than chicken. The deep fried mid wings and drumlets are coated with a very tangy sauce. A bit too tangy for my liking though.

Wings Over Buffalo

Texas Cheese Poppers, deep fried meatballs with cheese fillings. Very juicy and tender.

Texas Cheese Poppers 

For dessert, we tried Chili's famous Molten Chocolate Cake. The chocolate cake is the size of 3 combined cupcakes, topped with vanilla ice cream under crunchy chocolate shell. First we have to smash the chocolate shell, then push the ice cream through the cake, and you can see the chocolate oozing out from the cake. At this stage, we are drooling already and just can't wait to attack the cake. The cake is moist, the combo of oozing liquid chocolate and vanilla ice cream is just yummyy.

Molten Chocolate Cake

Located at The Central, this outlet offer easy access to customers by MRT. The outlet can cater for more than 150 customers. It has a very vibrant atmosphere with American sports playing on the TV near the bar. Service was good and efficient.

Overall, Chili's @ The Central is a nice American Style Restaurant / Diners. It can cater to a individual, small group or large crowd. Let's just say, I am a fan. Cheers :)

Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Value: 7/10
Service: N/A
Ambiance: 7.5/10

Chili's (The Central)
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#01-18 The Central
Singapore 059818

Tel: 6225 1687
Op Hours:
Sun – Thu: 11.30 – 23.00
Fri – Sat: 11.30 – 00.00
Menu and Online Reservation available on the website.

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