I tell you, this always leaves me quiet for a while as I ponder hard on how to best answer this simple yet also difficult question. Let me explain why, it's no secret that I love to eat out most especially whenever I'm back home in Manila or when I'm traveling. It just so happen that Paul and I are trying to live a more domesticated life here in the Lion City that our eating out frequency has been lessened drastically from what used to be an every other day routine in Manila down to a weekend habit. So, if you do the math, we eat out 2-4 times a week assuming we have both lunch and dinner outside. That would be at a minimum 8 restaurants a month and 416 in a year! This doesn't include the occasional lunch out that I have with friends and colleagues. Normally, we don't repeat restaurants except if these are really really good that it got us craving for it. So, when faced with this tough question, I really have to think hard.
My staples? Chicken Crispers with mashed potato (for me) and shredded corn (for Paul), Strawberry Smoothie with no Whipped Cream and Skillet Quezo. It really has to be all these three or my meal at Chili's won't be complete.
During my recent trip home, Paul and I were invited to sample a number of Chili's new menu offerings and of course I quickly said YES! I tell you, it was one of the highlights of our trip that we were both so excited for that day to come. Here are some of the dishes that we were able to enjoy that day:
I've mentioned that I'm such a big fan of Chili's Chicken Crispers. I'll tell you why, I am extremely addicted to the honey mustard sauce. Friends and family who've dined with me can attest how many saucers I can consume. Furthermore, they really have the best Chicken Crispers in the land!
There's also the Fajita Trio (Php. 675) which my parent's love very much! I just happily plucked out the yummy shrimps and a few strips of beef too. Yum!
Margarita Party at Chili's
For those who are not aware of this fact yet, let me tell you that Chili's also serves the yummiest Margaritas in town! While I'm not a drinker myself, I loved how Chili's Margaritas are not too bitter and definitely not overloaded with alcohol allowing me to still enjoy the fruity notes. Coincidentally, February 22 was the National Margarita Day in some part of the world and what better way to celebrate this than to check out Chili's Rita Trio! Choose three premium margarita flavors for just Php. 350 all day! So long happy hour and hello happy day!
Can't end your meal without dessert? I can say that Chili's is one restaurant that gives attention to practically every single dish that they serve. While some restaurants may have the yummiest entrees, sadly their dessert would fail our expectations. Well, for Chili's the challenge lies in choosing what dessert to go for. My all-time favorite is the Skillet Cookie (Php. 380) -- Over-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie topped with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream and Hot Fudge Drizzle.
Oh what a fun fun lunch at Chili's! Now you know why it has remained to be one of my favorites restaurants in Manila for more than a decade already.
*photo credits: Paul Ang
Check out Chili's new branch at the 2nd level of Mega Atrium, SM Megamall, Edsa cor Julia Vargas avenue, Mandaluyong City. Call them at 631-380. They also have branches in Greenbelt 5, Northeast Greenhills, Tomas Morato, Alabang Town Center and Power Plant Mall.