Thank you HungryGoWhere.com 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.
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.
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|
|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.
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.
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.
Texas Cheese Poppers, deep fried meatballs with cheese fillings. Very juicy and tender.
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.
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
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