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Monday, 23 December 2013

Dinner at Chilis Mexican Restaurant @ Clarke Quay

After all the Asian and European cuisines, I was enticed to try out Mexican food next, hence dragged my one of my good friends Edwin* to Chilis at Central Mall for a Mexican dinner.

The restaurant in question was non-pretentious at all, exquisite in its own way with beer-mugs chandelier lamps and chairs carved with the Chilis sign, but other than that, offers a very relaxed and comforting ambience for diners to enjoy good, fulfilling meals without feeling out of place.

This restaurant has several outlets, and we picked the large, mainroad-facing one at 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #01-18 Central @ Clarke Quay, Singapore 059817. You cannot miss this bold signage or long, glass-encased joint showcasing its brightly-colored booths. For reservations, do call 6225 1687.

Edwin* and I took a moment to decide on what to order – because everything looked tempting and we were spoilt for choices.

For me, especially – I had a hard time deciding between the burritos, tacos, fajitas and quesadillas – I loved all these thin flours stuffed with scrumptious fillings. Eventually, we ordered after some recommendations by the friendly waiters.

We started with the signature Beef Chili with Nachos – tender bits of beef slow-cooked in a thick, delicious gravy with onions, peppers and chilis (but note that this does not taste spicy at all) topped with sour cream and cheese. It was delicious simply eaten on its own, or eaten as a topping on one of their thick, crispy slices of Nacho Chips.

Edwin* had the Monterey Chicken – grilled chicken breast with BBQ sauce, applewood smoked bacon, cheese and tomatoes. The lovely smokey taste that coated the chicken meat was complemented by the tender chicken meat inside – it was easy to cut, chew and swallow, brinigng with it the juicy deliciousness of flavors.

I eagerly dug into my Chili Shrimp Quesadilla – a very delicious heap of melted jack cheese, shrimp, roasted jalapenos and corn salsa wrapped within thin flatbread sheet made of flour / corn. The burst of savoury flavours toned down by the slightly-grainy texture and light sweetness of the quesadilla skin – it was very pleasing to the mouth.

This happy meal shared by two zealous food-lover friends cost us SGD$30.00 per person, and was in every sense satisfying on the tongue, tummies and value for money. I have since returned at least once or twice to satiate my chili cravings.


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