It’s easy to see why Chili’s has become such a firm favourite among Gulf families. There’s the wall-to-wall decor of exposed brick, vintage Americana (think mid-’80s posters promoting provincial chilli ‘cook-offs’) and fake greenery that makes for a riot of colour and interest to help keep little ones amused. Then there’s the veritable army of serving staff, who will happily create an astonishing spectacle of noise and cheer when you opt to hold a birthday here, and finally there’s the indulgent menu of massive portions.
Even the starters are almost impossible to finish: nachos are smeared liberally with hot and cheesy chilli; the signature ‘old timer’ burger boasts enough dollops of relish on the thick meaty patty that the bun is likely to disintegrate; and sizzling platters of fajitas produce thick clouds of salty smoke guaranteed to get hungry mouths slavering, provided you don’t choke on the heady vapours first.
For many diners, the blatant Americana will prove too claustrophobic, the menu just too calorific, and the average of five greetings per visit unnecessary, bordering on the intrusive. Nonetheless, Chili’s is consistently heaving, and it’s not just little kids in Bahrain who appreciate piles of greasy comfort food – Chili’s lacks in refinement, but serves this up in great quantities.
Time Out Bahrain staffhttp://www.timeoutbahrain.com