In the year 2011, while I struggled to discover my newly found independence of living alone in a new city, I also discovered Chilis – a Mexican restaurant chain which was still establishing it’s roots in Delhi. There, we had our first similarity albeit the Mexican bit!
“Life is great. Cheese makes it better,” is something I absolutely endorse. Being a vegetarian, my food options at Chilis have always been limited but then I found a way around it and discovered the “Veggie and Cheese Quesadillas.” It is divine preparation with molten cheese, finely chopped mushrooms and white onions oozing out of layers of Tortillas, served with black beans sauce, sour curd and a salsa. It has been my go-to food ever since.
I have been with people, loved, laughed and regretted (a bit), but never have I regretted the times I spent discovering new food and places with those people.
In happy times and in times of grief, Chilis has always been by my side with their bottomless pitchers of aerated drinks to drown my sorrows in! (not the healthiest option, but in times like those, do we really care?)
I genuinely feel that my relationship with my food has been more stable and steady than my relationship with a man. My food didn’t judge me, didn’t change, been by my side when I needed it and didn’t complain! And even thinking of trying a new food item at Chilis today makes me feel like I have cheated on my Quesadillas!…but Tacos can be an exception.
I ended my relationship with Delhi after a stint of 3 years, and thus also put an end/hold to my relationship with Chilis. It wasn’t the easiest of times, I didn’t know what I missed more, the place or the comfort food or both.
I moved on, the place became my past and with a little help from the close ones, life was looking up again in Bombay…but there was something I missed (no points for guessing!)
When I began talking to a new friend, our shared love for Chilis came up and boy was I happy and knew that this will be an interesting journey!
I genuinely feel that my relationship with my food has been more stable and steady than my relationship with a man. My food didn’t judge me, didn’t change, been by my side when I needed it and didn’t complain!
Life is funny in the way it works. Within an year, we both found ourselves in Delhi, to begin a new phase of work life. And of course, the place we visited for our first meal together was Chilis. I was excited, not only because of this person who I shared such a great rapport with, but also because I was opening my world to the person. There was slight nervousness too, as it always is with something new. But at Chilis I got back what I had lost. It was now our go-to place.
It is this place that has been my constant and has seen the best and worst of me and stood by me with its pipping hot food and unlimited fizz!
PS: Do not miss the Molten Chocolate Cake!
Things to try:
- Veggie and Cheese Quesadillas ( of course!)
- Veggie Tacos
- Cottage Cheese Fajitas
- Veggie Southern Smokehouse Burger
For Non- Vegetarians:
- Chicken Wings
- Triple Dipper
- The steaks
- Classic Bacon Burger