Chili’s is one of my favorite restaurants in Jakarta. When I am craving for Western food, this is the first thing that comes up in my mind.
Located in the very heart of Jakarta, it’s difficult not to spot the place as it’s been there for decades. Too bad though, despite of its popularity, they don’t have any branch yet (as of October 2012 in Jakarta).

The place is very much like Mexican diners, with booths and tiles tables. I like the atmosphere, which is very intimate and warm because of the colors and table settings.

The food are extraordinary, tastes-wise, or portion-wise. It’s difficult to find bigger portions in Jakarta’s restaurants, but in Chili’s, everything is American sizes, and it might be tough to finish the dishes if you are not big eaters. But again, we can always take away the left overs and they’ll give you these giant boxes to stuff those unfinished food.

Quesadilla Explosion – IDR 91.900+++

We never tried that one, but turned out that it was extremely good. As usual, the salad comes in a big plate, and the ingredients are all so fresh and tempting. Basically the contents are pasta-marinated chicken, lettuces, cheeses, cilantro, diced tomatoes and crispy tortilla strips. Garnished with cool ranch dressing drizzle and cheese quesadilla wedges. It is served with their special citrus-balsamic dressing, but we can get to choose another dressing if we want, which we chose Thousand Island dressing for that.

Country Fried Chicken – IDR 95.900+++

This is also one of our favorite menu from Chili’s. It might look just like another fried chicken, but it is not. The chicken breast is so thick, perfectly battered and fried, served with a very delicious gravy. In the plate, you get one fried chicken, one slice of garlic bread (which is huge), and two sides, which you can choose freely; from mashed potato, french fries, coleslaw, or corn cobs. I have to say that Chili’s serves the BEST mashed potato in the world. Seriously.

The world’s best mashed potato!!

The other highlights of Chili’s are their burgers. Known as “big mouth burgers”, it’s quite literal that we need to have big mouths to bite the burgers.

Quite mouthful, isn’t it?

Ground Peppercorn Burger – IDR 83.900+++
What I like about Chili’s burgers is the taste. Aside from the gigantic portion, the burgers actually taste really good. I have tried so many burgers that are claimed to be popular because of the sizes, but when I tried them, they just taste terrible, or at least, standard. Chili’s burgers have so many things going on in just one basket (yep, they serve the burgers in a small basket), yet they’re still wonderful. Crusted with ground black pepper and spices, the patty looked so tempting. They also put some crispy onion strings on the top of the patty, which looked interesting to me. The burger came with blue cheese dressing that I asked to be served separately.
They also have the all-you-can-drink beverages, such as sodas (Coke, Sprite, Fanta) for IDR 28.900+++/pax, and Lemon Tea/Ice Tea etc for IDR 27.900+++/pax.
*All prices are subject to 5.5% service charge and 10% government tax

Chili’s Grill & Bar
Sarinah Building, 2F
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 11
Phone: (021) 314-6587
Business Hours:
Weekdays 11:00 – 23:00
Weekend 11:00 – 00:01 (Till Late)