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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Chili's Grill & Bar @ KLCC

Alternating between Ipoh and KL posts, let's dig something up from the stash of backlogs ...
American-style diners are not really catching on in Malaysia, aren't they? Ipoh has none, that's for sure. And only Chili's and TGIF are reaping some sweet success in KL, and Penang. Of course, there are various other "Grill & Bar" restaurants in the Klang Valley, but relatively unknown to residents from other states.

Dark, smoky, and slightly shady. A tad comfortable for a drink or two, but sitting on those stools while relishing one's meal may prove to be rather .... tiring.

Arriving late for a dinner (at 9pm, mind you), we were surprised at the turnout at Chili's in KLCC. Half-expecting an empty outlet, we were stumped as the place was packed, and a queue was forming. All non-smoking seats are taken, and we had to wait.

Hungry brain cells marred rationality, and I quickly opted for an available table right smack in the middle of the smoking area. With only tall stools, and little back support. Ouch.

The guacamole, sour cream, cheese shavings and tomato salsa for the Fajitas
Not one to lament bout the ambience, we soldiered on and browsed the menu in record's time. Not much modification, but they do offer some new delightful options, namely White Chocolate Molten Cake, and crispy honey chipotle chicken. Can't remember the rest, but rather appetizing nonetheless.
Mushroom Jack - Grilled chicken and beef (or chicken only, or beef only), smothered with melted Jack cheese, and sauteed fresh mushrooms, bell peppers and onions (RM36.95)
At Chili's, the portions are never stingy. You can share if you do not wish to start on Statins sooner than later, or you can hoard the whole damn serving and contribute to the pharmacists' revenues. :)
I've an aversion to Fajitas. Soft, warm tortilla bread to be smothered with lots of sour cream (low fat, I pray), guacamole (mashed avocadoes), and sprinkled with cheese and tomato salsa. Then stuff some grilled chicken breast meat (less tender than desired, I admit, but fat-less!) and beef (too tough and cooked though) and indulge away. My gripe? Only 3 pieces of tortilla were served. Hmmm ... Dough very expensive ar?
Bacon Burger - Beef patty topped with smoked bacon, aged cheddar cheese, mayo, shredded lettuce, tomato and pickle. Served with homestyle fries, with skins intact. (RM20.95)
Their burgers are another of their specialty, much alike Friday's. Have them medium, medium-well or well done. Go for medium, as my medium-well beef was slightly overcooked. Dry, and coarse, you may need chilli sauce with this one. And the supposedly smoked til crisp bacon was rendered tougher due to the heat? Or carelessness? Hmm ... at least the fries passed with flying colours. Lightly salted, just like I dig them.
Perennial favourite of many sweet-toothed - Molten Chocolate Cake (RM19.95)
Still longing for more, we shared a Molten Chocolate Cake, a dessert so laden with calories and sins, you'll be forgiven to think your heart skipped a beat! Warm chocolate cake, with oozing chocolate fudge filling, and topped with vanilla ice-cream hidden under a crunchy chocolate shell. If this does not satiate your sweet cravings, I don't know what else does. Numbs the teeth, I tell you .... !!! =P
With 4 outlets in Klang Valley, and another in Penang, don't you think it's fine time for soul-less Ipoh to get one of her own?
Location : Chili's Grill & Bar @ Lot 346B, Level 3, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumput City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur. Tel : 603-2164 1400


Anonymous said...

Agree!!! Hope there will be more restaurants to be explored in Ipoh!!!

Anonymous said...

wei.. the chocolate cake looked WONDERFUL la... how i wish i got the chance to *DIG* into it... =P

Anonymous said...

I had the same experience with you, the place was packed and we had to wait some while. Food portion is big but I thot it was a bit costly but this doesnt stop the crowd from coming....the fajitas looks very good to me...yummy.

Anonymous said...

we like to come here when we have a big group... enough food to go around and i love bottomless drinks :P

Jason said...

The place is always packed even on weekdays. Em... if this is to open in Ipoh, I think it'll close down as fast as it opens!

Anonymous said...

I have never bothered to dine in KLCC's Chilis because I know it would be too packed.. so, I go to the one at Midvalley heh

sc said...

over the years of eating chilli's food, i do feel that the quality has dropped quite a bit...nonetheless, still better than TGIF for me

New Kid on the Blog said...

Ipoh has such market to cater or not??? I doubt!?!

PureGlutton said...

Chilli's is very popular in the Klang Valley - good for their Tex-Mex cuisine. I can never finish the servings coz it's so huge - must always share!

choi yen said...

Wow, the grilled beef covered with so much of mushroom slices!! I love mushroom~~

J2Kfm said...

SimpleGirl : yeah, I hope as well. sometimes dining out in Ipoh left me with the same old choices. kinda boring after awhile.

KCA : yeah, once you start digging, you may not be able to finish though. too much for one at a shot.

JENCOOKS : yeah, the crowd consists of people from all over the world, literally!

jasmine : yeah. but I could only manage one or two refills. too full for more.

jason : ahhaha... how true! =P but at least it MAY change Ipohan's perception of western food ma.

vkeong : yeah. the one in MidValley was more spacious and ocmfortable, at least to me.

sc : TGIF holds a special spot in my heart. I still rmbr eating at the outlet in Life Centre (or whatever the place's called) as a kid. such humongous serving!

NKOTB: i seriously dun think so. unless tourists start pouring in.

PureGlutton : its the giant servings that attract me. a challenge, one might say!

mimid3vils : if not for the juicy sauteed mushrooms, the meat may be slightly dry and tough to swallow.

Anonymous said...

The guacamole, sour cream, cheese shavings and tomato salsa .. . oh Chili's Fajitas. . I LOVE!!

J2Kfm said...

Chilis Coupons : yeah!!!! I like Chili's food as well.

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Absolutely LOOOOVE their molten chocolate cake. Here in Texas, they also have a version where the cake instead of being all chocolate is vanilla cake with chocolate chips in it. That one is really good as well.

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Recently tried the vanilla bean cheesecake at TGIF across the street from our local Chili's and it was deeeelicious!

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Margaret said...

Not so healthy but I love to try those foods. It's not bad to eat those foods for once. Well, you don't need statins, just have a proper exercise and still eat organic and don't eat those foods everyday.