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Founded in 1975, Chili's Grill & Bar set up its first outlet in Tanglin Mall in 2009, and has been a leading casual dining restaurant in Singapore ever since. The Chili''s menu offers a wide variety of Southwestern-inspired, classic American and international tastes. Known for its fun and energetic image, Chili's also offers online delivery and catering services.
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It's always a pleasure and an indulgence to dine at Chili's. There's a nice ambience at Chili's that makes it great for either dining for two or for a bigger gathering.
Chili's serves Americanised Mexican food and I absolutely love it. Their food is of high quality and if you're not satisfied with your meal or drink, they will always be happy to change it for you. If there's one thing they excel at, it's the service. I always order the Chili Beef Con with (bottomless) chips - they are amazing. Their pork ribs, wings and fajitas are pretty good as well. You can even pick from a variety of sides to add to your meal. It is fabulous dining.
The most important thing to take note of when you dine there is that they serve extremely huge portions of food there, so I implore you to share. It's always a good idea to share food because it's easy to tell when it's someone's first visit to Chili's - they order a main each for themselves. And then they leave with half their plate barely touched.
You can't really find authentic Mexican food in Singapore, but Chili's, albeit way too Americanised, serves quality and tasty Mex food and it's definitely worth going.
Tasty, Hearty Tex-Mex Dishes
Chili's began in 1975 in the United States Of America, in Dallas, with a focus on the cuisine of the region, which is Texan style barbecue and Tex-Mex dishes. Arriving in Singapore in 2009, Chili's has since been serving up food that is consistent with its Southern American roots, hearty, generous portions of food that carry bold flavour.
Ambience at Chili's is comfortable, but lighting is somewhat dim, making the overall restaurants look dark. I like the little touches of stained glass, and mexican inspired decor, which give the interior its character. Layout is spacious, and furniture is functional with sufficient elbow room... although the size of the plates at Chili's tends to make the tables seem small.
Service at Chili's is excellent, styled after the personal and friendly service you'll get in America. Staff are knowledgable about the menu and ingredients, proactive to make recommendations and suggestions, observant and efficient. Food arrives very quickly, despite busy peak periods. Excellent service at Chili's, among one of the best I've seen!
Barbecue and Rotisserie is becoming more common in Singapore, but Chili's is one of the few places to get good Mexican or Tex-Mex cuisine. Recipes aren't very traditional or authentic, but flavour is big and bold, and many of the dishes are very tasty. Portions are quite large, and prices are reasonable, among one of the cheaper options for Mexican cuisine in Singapore.
The Chicken And Green Chile Soup has slight sweetness and heat, but is a little thinner than I expected it to be. The ingredients are fresh, which lends a more natural taste to the soup.
The Monterey Chicken was probably the worst item I've eaten here. Simply a piece of grilled chicken, with some melted cheese and diced tomatoes on top. Recommended to skip.
The classic Margarita is served in a beer glass instead of the traditional Margarita glass, but this means you get more for your dollar. The Margarita is well made, with the right balance of salty, sweet, and sour.
The House Made Tomato Salsa is fresh and very delicious, although I wish it could be slightly thicker. Because it was thin, it made dipping troublesome.
A non-traditional guacamole, because of the addition of grilled corn. The Fire Grilled Corn Guacamole is excellent however, with a smoky taste from the corn, and fresh, silky avocados mashed to a smooth paste. I found myself wishing I could have a huge bowl of it, and some chips... Would be happy enough! Highly recommended!
The Terlingua Chili features meaty, well seasoned minced beef, served in a generous helping. Really loved this dish, and it made for excellent dipping, and even as a sauce to spread over other dishes!
I like the sweet, smoky taste of the Baby Back Pork Ribs Original Barbecue. The meat is tender and comes off the bone easily, and the rib is evenly coated with the barbecue sauce.
A Good Surprise
Singapore and American food do not really gel well. The concept of American food here is generalised as Western food, let alone the idea of Tex-Mex. A blend of Mexican and American, it's hard to find a restaurant that fits the bill yet isn't one hiding in the recesses of Dempsey Hill, Holland Village or in Clarke Quay. Thankfully, Chili's brought that to Singapore, with a branch in Tanglin Mall and another in JCube shopping mall at Jurong East.
A warning beforehand, do go in with an empty stomach, the portions are huge. My friends ordered chicken strips and I scoffed, it was akin to asking the establishment to take their money. I immediately took that back when the food came, glazed with Barbeque sauce and with sides, that is definitely a full meal. I got my money's worth with the full slab of pork ribs. It was the first time that the plate used could not hold the food in, with 1/6 of the portion sticking out. This restaurant is definitely one for the true blue American, with portions rivaling the ones in America as well, I daresay.
Price wise, it would be $30 - 50 a person, steeper than your usual haunt of Jack's Place and Aston's but it's something new, with tacos and quesadillas added to the menu as well. With a separate drinks menu featuring Margaritas and a variety of alcoholic and non - alcoholic drinks, it adds to the sports bar feel of the restaurant.
The atmosphere reminds me of a sports bar. Flatscreen TVs showing Rugby/American Football, Basketball and even Football right at the bar stocked to the brim, the ambience is definitely there.
Lastly, going to Chili's thrice (twice at Tanglin Mall, once at JCube), I feel that they offer something closest to the Tex Mex cuisine you'll get in America and with the portions to boot. However, the quality of food at the JCube outlet needs to be on par with the Tanglin Mall one. I hope that all it takes is time and it will be as good. Also, the JCube outlet has a different feel from the Tanglin Mall one, with a less cosy feel and one that's more subdued. I don't know if that is intentional or not but if it floats your boat!
very american, very nice!
Now that’s Chili with one ‘I’, not two ‘I’s. The first thing that went through my mind when I first stepped into its outlet at Tanglin mall was that it would make the perfect setting for an abandoned diner during a zombie apocalypse. Apparently it was just me.
Moving on, I have to say their service is pretty efficient and good – no sour faces, just dedicated workers dedicated to providing the best service possible. The food came relatively fast actually, considering the restaurant was filled to the brim with customers and the food contained meat. I actually think their food might be a tad too salty, ranging from their sauce to the soup.
Nevertheless the food still tasted very good, and within one dish, they have multiple portions which counter each other in terms of taste, so that you don’t feel too full after eating. For example, if you order chicken with barbeque sauce, they have slices of tomatoes to help you counter the sweet taste of the chicken. Alternatively, you have rice with a herb like fragrance to counter the taste of the chicken. I thought that’s pretty thoughtful of the chef!
Their drinks are pretty averagely priced for restaurants, and make good thirst-quenchers, none of those sugared can drinks you have.
Would definitely try the burger again!
Serving portion was huge for the burgers. The burgers (Pulled Pork) were tasty and really filling while my grilled salmon was tasty and the serving was rather generous too. The rice accompanying my grilled salmon with herbs was not that appetising however. The southern smokehouse bacon big mouth burger's bacon was hard to chew though. The fries were tasty and the unknown sauce blended well with the crispy fries.
It was rather packed on a Saturday afternoon at Jcube branch but service was still rather efficient. Prices range between 15-25 bucks which I feel is rather decent for such a generous serving.
I tried the Chili's at Tanglin Mall. When I first saw the name of the restaurant, I was having second thoughts as I don't take spicy food and initially I thought that they serve nothing but chili. After reassurance from my friends that it is not all about chili, I decided to give it a go.
Having heard that the portion of food is rather huge at Chili's, my friends and I decided to order a few dishes to share. I thought that the baby back ribs that we ordered was pretty good! The meat was soft and tender and not too fat. The BBQ sauce over the ribs was tangy and gives the ribs a good flavor. The portion is huge too! I doubt I would be able to finish an entire plate on my own.
Their molten chocolate lava cake is a must try! The hot lava that spills out of the cake when you split it open is just heavenly. The vanilla ice cream at the side adds a good touch to the cake too!
Chili's is rather pricey in my opinion. But they serve a huge variety of food and they do have some promotion for their beers and alcoholic drinks on certain days.
Expensive but satisfying.
If you are seeking a really satisfying western feast with a big group of people, then I'd definitely recommend Chili's to you!
Chili's is well known for its ribs, so if you are a fan of that, you definitely have to try it. Satisfaction guarateed. I am, however, not a fan of pork ribs, so I only ate a little bit, but I didn't complain about the taste or anything so it's fine for a 'non-ribs person' like me.
A good idea would be to order a couple of different items, like burgers, chicken, beef, and ribs, and share the food with a group of people. This way, everyone gets a fair share of all the food, and can experience as much as possible within a single visit.
I love their Skillet Queso! It is an appetizer that consists of tostada chips and an extremely delicious cheese dip with beef. I kind of feel that this is one of their best items in their menu, and it's only an entree! It comes first, so you would be munching away these chips till your food. Watch how much you eat or you might find yourself having difficulty finishing the rest of your food! It is THAT addictive. Take note that the chips are refillable, so if you run out, you can always ask for more!
I also like the Big Mouth Bites, which is a plate of FOUR burgers, so sharing is really advised here, unless you are a massive eater. Each burger consists of a really juicy beef patty, bacon, cheese, ranch and onions. Onion rings are also served as a side on the same plate.
Now for the food that were not so great... First off would be the Country-fried Chicken Crispers. It is not bad, but it tastes like standard crispy fried chicken. Not up to standard, considering the amount you are paying for it. Next is the Grilled Chicken Pasta. One word: boring. I don't advice you to order their pastas, settle for their meat dishes and burgers, and you will be pretty much satisfied.
During my visits to Chili's, service has been exceptionally satisfying. The servers were very attentive and often came to ask how we found the food. They were also very patient while we were deciding on our orders, and were extremely efficient. I really respect the waiters and waitresses at Chili's after seeing the amount of food they carry each time to different tables. It really isn't easy being a waiter there.
After you are done with your food, the terror part of your experience would be footing the bill. It isn't difficult to spend a 3-digit sum at Chili's, especially if you are planning to feast here. If you want to celebrate a birthday or some special occasion with a big group of people, I would recommend Chili's!
Excellent food, bad & slow service
The food here is excellent! Especially their chicken strips for starters and their ribs. All the items on their dessert menu are a must try. The food portion was more than expected and the interior of the place wasn't too bright. It was a little dim and thus, made the place more cozy and homely.
There are televisions present that often broadcast sporting related programmes which are thumbs up. A very family friendly place and every time I'm here, I see big families having dinner together.
One thing bad was probably the service staffs. They were not as attentive and they took quite long to take our orders. It could be a shortage of manpower. Maybe they could assign staffs to specific tables or sections of the restaurant to provide better quality of service.
If you drop by later than 8pm, there will always be a queue. However, they have a system whereby they take down your contact number and they will call you up when seats are available instead of making the customers wait physically outside the restaurant.
Super huge portions, authentic and tasty food
I've been to Chilli's (I always have a problem spelling this, single 'l' or double 'l'?) the past month. The first time I went to the RWS outlet and it was a little small as compared to the one at Tanglin Mall which I went for my second visit. The first time, my partner and I ordered an appetizer and two mains. It was too much. We underestimated the portion there and we ended up taking away 3/4 of one of the mains. The second time round, we only ordered one appetizer and one main and we finished everything and felt comfortably full.
This place serves quality food in good quantities! I really liked the quesadillas ($18). The cheese in it was smoky and nicely melted and eaten together with the smoked ham and tortilla, it was a simple and good dish. You can choose guacamole (an extra $1) or dip into the sour cream and salsa provided in the middle of the plate. I really like this. I ordered it on both my trips there. The corn chips with cheesey beef is really good too. At $10, I'm sure it could feed at least 3 or more people. So HUGE! I wouldn't recommend the appetizer palette (the one that consists of 4 different types of food), the buffalo wings in it were too sour for our liking though the chicken tenders were good and yeah, tender. But at $23, it is expensive for an appetizer and you might as well order a main with that money.
Service at RWS was significantly better than Tanglin Mall. The staff at TangliN Mall were not attentive and it took so long for our orders to be taken and when food was served, it took another 5 minutes before our utensils came. The store was relatively empty on a weekday afternoon so there's no excuse to their inattentiveness. Other than that, food quality is pretty standard between these two outlets. The quirky lighting and decor of the place is a plus. With their happy hour on-going everyday, this place is simply a thumbs-up!