When we think of food, we always visualize a beautifully garnished dish, and somehow we always know that it would be very tasty and our mouth starts to water. That’s the main problem with all the foodies. We can fulfill the hunger of our tummy by eating food but we cannot fulfill the hunger of our eyes.
A few days ago, we were in Elante mall, Chandigarh. We had gone to see a movie in PVR cinemas. After the movie, we were very hungry and decided to eat at the food court, which is at the top floor of the mall. Since we were bored with the usual KFC, McD, we decided to explore more options and ended up in front of Chilis Elante Mall(Chili’s Elante Mall). The restaurant was not very fancy from outside but there was a board that caught our eyes. They had an offer of buy 1 get 1 free on food and drinks.
So, we went straight inside Chilis Elante Mall without any second thoughts. The interior was nice. The ambience was pleasant and the service was good. We ordered non-veg nachos and grilled chicken platter along with drinks, but since non-veg nachos were not available, we ordered veg nachos. Our day was very nice till the time we ordered these food items here.
The veg nachos were horrible. It had cheese and jalapenos, sprinkled with some herbs and were served with scoops of mint and coriander chutney, a kind of coleslaw and a white paste which tasted horrible. They were so far the worst nachos I’ve ever had in my life. They were so bad that I couldn’t even finish the dish.
Then came the grilled chicken platter. The chicken was soft and tender, perfectly cooked. And that’s the only thing good about the dish. The rice they had served with the chicken was tasteless. It could have been better if they had served lemon and chilly rice. Anyways, the sautéed vegetables were raw and tasteless again. Even the gravy they served with the dish couldn’t do any magic. But still, this dish was far better than the veg nachos.
Finally, depressed and frustrated with our food, we ordered chocolate brownie sundae, a dessert to save our day, and kept our fingers crossed. I think there is God somewhere. The dessert was outstanding. It was so tasty that we ordered another one and tried to forget about our horrible experience with the nachos and grilled chicken earlier, but it was not that easy to do.
Anyways, it’s time for the report card:
Taste – 5/10 (4 points to dessert)
Ambience – 7/10
Service – 8/10
Value for money – 5/10
So all in all, it was not so good experience for me in Chilis Elante Mall. Though I enjoyed the dessert a lot, but still the nachos and chicken platter spoiled my mood and day. I would think twice before going to Chilis Elante Mall again.
If you have ever visited Chilis Elante Mall and liked any dish there, please share with us and give your suggestions about other good food points in and around Chandigarh. We would be thankful.
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