The Tex-Mex Encounters – Chili’s Grill & Bar, Gurgaon

Chili’s Gurgaon Review

I have always wanted to write about Chili’s Gurgaon but funnily other preordained tasks took precedence over this one. Finally, here I am with my take on this very obvious Tex-Mex restaurant located in Ambience Mall, Gurgaon. A part of Dallas, Texas-based Brinker International Inc group Chili’s current franchisee in India is with Om Pizzas & Eats (the chaps who also operate Papa John’s Pizzas).

Chili’s Grill & Bar focuses on big space (about 200 seater) casual dining restaurant that provides an entertaining atmosphere which their friendly staff ensures you get all the way. The dim lighting, soft music, sofa seating & marble topped table all add to the laid back ambience that insists that you have a great time.

Over my numerous visits to Chili’s Gurgaon, I have found their food quality to be consistent and their portions to be on the plus side. While they have a reasonable beverage list with exotic cocktalia, I personally find Chili’s a place to go with friends for a meal with a few beers rather than emptying pockets on expensive wines. Though, once in a while their Margaritas (Rs. 350) don’t bite.

Tex-Mex food appeals to the Indian palate which is where Chili’s can’t go wrong ever. A medley of dishes using spices, tomatoes, onions, red beans, & chili are all familiar to us but when served in a style a la Mexicana they become simply gorgeous. There is an array of Fajitas, Enchiladas, Quesedillas to choose from the Mex part and much more on the menu from the Tex part.

Chili’s Gurgaon burgers & steaks offer juicy meaty moments for real meat lovers. I am yet to sample all on the menu but noteworthy are Big Mouth Bites (Rs. 325 – Four Mini Buffalo Meat Burgers topped with cheese, sauteed onions, and ranch dressing on sesame seed buns), Mushroom-Swiss Burger (Rs. 325 – Ground buffalo meat patty loaded with sauteed mushrooms on top). And, if you really love your red meat, don’t ever miss the Fire Grilled Chimichurri Steak (Rs. 450). I order mine medium or medium-rare and have never been disappointed.

I do have a difference of opinion on Chili’s signature Terlingua Buffalo Chili (Rs. 125 – meat & beans stewed in an onion, tomato, pepper sauce) which I have found to be under spiced for my palate and hence will stay off my reorder list.

For the lovers of white meat, the Country Fried Chicken (Rs. 350 – served with corn on the cob and a generous dollop of mashed potatoes with sauce) works very well. I do not recommend the Country Fried Calamari (Rs.  300) as it loses its character being batter coated and deep fried so you can’t really taste the meat. By all means choose from Fish & Chips (Rs. 350) or the Ceder Plank Salmon (Rs. 500) which is actually grilled and served on a plank.

Chili’s Gurgaon works very well with kids too who love munching on all things chicken. So what takes the cake? The Triple Dipper (Rs. 300 – Southwestern Egg rolls, Chicken Crispers and Chicken Wings served with sauces to dip) works with kids of all ages while the tangy Boneless Chicken Wings (Rs. 300) can even entice a toddler to reach out for one. Create your own Fajitas (Fajita Steak is Rs. 375 & Fajita Trio is Rs. 450) is a big hit, though a tad messy but still a lot of fun. Simply roll the tortillas with your choice of lettuce, cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, sliced chicken or mixed vegetables, depending upon the veg/non-veg option. Throw in a bottomless pitcher of soft aerated beverages (Rs. 90) and you are a sure shot super star with the gen next.

Chili’s Gurgaon has some sinful desserts on their menu. I have mostly leaned towards their Molten Chocolate Cake (Rs. 250) but the Brownie Sundae (Rs. 175) has called out my name many a times too.

Beyond the food & drinks for the entire family, a special mention also goes to their facility, for it’s hygienically maintained in-house rest rooms as well as a cabin for smokers.

If you are salivating for a real meaty treat, just head to Chili’s Gurgaon.

Average Check Amount: Rs. 1400 without alcohol

What’s wise

Otherwise

Great Food
Superb Prices
Friendly Staff
Funky Ambience
Smoker Friendly

Service can be a bit sluggish at times

 

Restaurant location

More information

Chili’s Gurgaon – Grill & Bar
Level 3, Ambience Mall, National Highway 8, Gurgaon, Haryana – 122010

Phone numbers: XXX

Venue Type: Large Format Casual Dining (Tex-Mex)
Only Vegetarian: No! Full Menu
Cuisine: Texan-Mexican Bar & Grill
Bar: Yes
Loo on premises: Yes
Air Conditioning: Yes
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
Do they deliver: No

Do they cater outdoors: No
Takeaways Offered: Yes
Host Parties at Venue: Yes
Parking: Shopping Mall Provided
WIFI: No
Live Music: No! Piped music is available
Television Screening: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes! Have a designated smoker’s room.

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