Known around the world for bold flavors distinctive of Tex-Mex cuisine, Chili's has a brand new spiced up menu with many brand new offerings. The new menu was crafted using key aspects like modern flavor profiles, fresh ingredients and in-house preparation. This menu aims at appealing to both Chili's enthusiasts as well as foodies looking for something different to satisfy their evolving taste buds. I was there recently and tried out a bunch of new cocktails and delicious food! Read on to know more about my meal!
One of the highlights of the new menu is the Table side Guacamole. The best thing about it is that it's prepared fresh at your table with the freshest ingredients and can be customized by you. The trick to making perfect guacamole is using good, ripe avocados and the chefs at Chili's know exactly what to do. They start with freshly scooped avocados, add fresh lime, diced red onion, salt, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro and roasted jalapenos. This is followed by a squeeze of some lemon juice to add a splash of acidity to balance the richness of the avocado. This is served with warm tostada chips and house made salsa.
|A very blurry shot of the ingredients for the Guacamole|
The end result is delicious, creamy and healthy guacamole that melts in your mouth!
The bar has a few new additions too. I tried the Sweet and spicy peach cooler which combines vodka with peach syrup and is garnished with peach slices and a surprise element of jalepenos to give it a spicy twist! Totally recommended!
Next up was the Chipotle Chicken Fresh Mex Bowl which consists of marinated grilled chicken, house-made corn and black bean salsa, rice and chipotle pesto layered with cheddar cheese, house-made pico de gallo, fresh field greens, chopped cilantro, crispy tortilla strips, fresh sliced avocado and a drizzle of cumin-lime sour cream. Phew! That's a wholesome and hearty meal which combines pretty much all the essential constituents of Tex-Mex cuisine and is delicious thanks to all the sauces.
I washed that down with the new Blueberry and Pineapple infused margarita. This one's made of tequila, orange liqueur and Chili's signature mix infused for 48 hours with blueberries and pineapple. The infusion is really good and in spite of being such a fruity drink, it's not very sweet which automatically gives it high brownie points from me because I don't like sweet drinks much.
A Tex-Mex meal is incomplete without Tacos so we had to try the new Baja fish tacos. Warm tortillas stuffed with grilled basa and a fresh cilantro- lime slaw, topped with pico de gallo, sliced avocado and chipotle pesto drizzle. What else could you ask for! The delicate flavor of the grilled fish combined with the other flavorful ingredients makes these taco light on the stomach yet fulfilling on the taste buds.
I also tried the Michelada (not pictured) which is a traditional Mexican cooler made of draught beer, vodka, tomato juice, hot sauce, lime juice, worcestershire sauce and cajun spice. Think Bloody Mary but not as heavy and a little milder on the tomato juice. It's really nice! Try it out! With my stomach ready to burst, I finally went for their new Roasted Garlic Baby back ribs. These fall-off-the-bone ribs are tender and slow smoked over pecan wood with roasted garlic sauce which adds the flavor of garlic to their classic BBQ sauce. Served with fries and corn on the cob. So delicious!!
So as you can see, the new menu at Chili's has a lot of delectable new items to offer and I tried a bunch of them! Being one of the very few Tex-Mex restaurants in Pune, Chili's is the undisputed leader in its category! Try it out at Phoenix Marketcity Ground Floor, bang opposite everyone's beloved Forever 21!