Food Review – Chili’s American Grill Bar, Vashi

Food Review – Chili’s American Grill Bar, Vashi
A sudden drive down to Navi Mumbai
from the comforts of the western suburbs of Mumbai on a lazy Sunday morning
which would otherwise had been quite tiring and boring turned out to be real
value for time trip as we landed up at the newly opened Chili’s, the American
Grill Bar at Inorbit Mall, Vashi.

As we entered and were led to our
table, we were introduced to the cherubic girl, Millie. Indeed we are appalled
by the overwhelming hospitality of this host, the effervescent and ever smiling.

As if one was not enough and as I was
trying out rhyming Chili with Millie, walked in Vinay, the Manager, who was
absolutely courteous and down to earth. Literally to the core, he would just
kneel down on the floor next to our chairs while talking to us softly.

We surely needed to get the hang of
everything so decided to start with the appetisers and end with the desserts.
But with the Mexican names of the dishes, not too familiar to my tongue and the
palate as well, I decided to play it safe and rather suggested that they play
around with the tongue-twisters and suggest to us the dishes that they would
prefer us to savour.

Quenching our
thirst with the Appetisers:

They had an amazing range of
appetisers, from cocktails to mocktails and beer to wine. I preferred to go for
the non-alcoholic ones since I had to drive down back to Malad, almost close to
50 kms and I surely wouldn’t like to be notorious for road rage.

We started off with Sea Breeze, which
seemed to be a Chili signature mix of Apple and Strawberry with a splash of
soda.  We found it almost reasonably
sweet and appealing to our taste buds and perhaps the right combination to
quench our thirst on an otherwise humid summer day.

Then we moved on to Mango Mojitea,
which was a fresh tea based mojitos with delicious fruit flavour and mint
leaves. The unique flavour and the tinge of mint made it quite appealing and refreshing.

Breaking fast
with the Starters:

Vinay suggested the Ultimate Dipper,
which would be quite enough for our family. And sure it was more than enough,
because the large platter, in which it was served with the dips quite elegantly
placed in tandem on a pedestal in the middle, was rather sufficient to serve an

There is an option to choose any 5 of
the 8 starters that would be served in this dish and that’s probably the only
occasion, where we dared to suggest our choices. We took a wild guess to choose
the Fried Paneer, The Quesedillas Bites, The Texas Cheese Poppers, the Boneless
Chicken Wings and the Original Chicken Crispers.  Though we initially had apprehensions that it
was steeply priced, but after devouring the crispy paneer and the juicy
chicken, we changed our opinion to admit that it is worth the price, being in
itself a tummy full meal.

Devouring the
Main Course:

We ordered for a Combo Fajita, where
faced with an option to choose any two between the three varieties on offer
being the Tender grilled steak, the Chicken spicy garlic and Lime grilled
shrimp, we settled for the latter two. The serving was quite elaborate and was
served with onion and bell pepper.

Not having tried out the sea food
options yet, we went by our impulse rather than knowledge when we ordered for
the Chipotle Salmon. When it arrived, the first look was enough to fall in love
with. It was salmon fillet seasoned with south western spices and served with
chipotle rice, roasted jalapeno-corn salsa and a good variety of smoky chipotle
creams sauces.

Relishing the

Chocolate lovers that my wife and my
daughters are, they had no ado choosing the chocolaty varieties. Here Millie
suggested that the combination of the desserts that we chose would make it a
bit too chocolaty and hence advised that we drop of one of the molten stuff and
instead go for a regular yummilicious cake, and how right she was.

We first went for the Molten Chocolate
Cake with was just absolutely delicious being warmed chocolate cake with
chocolate fudge filling topped with a lavish scoop of vanilla ice cream under a
crunchy chocolate shell, which is a steal.

The less chocolaty one that we went
for was the Carrot Cake which surely looked gorgeous when presented. It was a
rich moist carrot cake topped with white choco frostings crumbled with roasted
premium hazelnuts.

Calling for the
check and winding up:

All throughout the good two hours or
more that we spent enjoying the amazing delicacies on offer; Vinay and Millie
were absolutely patient with us and rather kept on asking us regularly whether
we were relishing their suggestions.

Though being a sultry Sunday afternoon
in a humid and hot climate, the restaurant was witnessing footfalls in quite
large numbers, that vouches for the popularity of the brand and the loyalty
that this outlet has gained over the just over a month that it started off in
that part of the city.

The meal was sumptuous, the
hospitality even better. It was a great experience and a worthy way to spend a
day out. We surely left with a promise to ourselves that we would come back
soon for more.
I would give this restaurant a rating
of 4 / 5 and an honest additional star for Vinay and Millie, our hosts for the

Isn’t it a coincidence that just
around six months back, my eldest daughter had visited the Powai restaurant of
this amazing chain serving in over 31 countries and had written a review of the
same in her blog post
and it is only befitting that her Dad is back with family for a casual dining
at their second restaurant opened in this city and  writing this review on my blog post.

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