Of Bolt And Chili's

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, January 16, 2009 | Published in


First things first.

Bolt is a movie about a dog called Bolt who thinks he is a Superdog.

Chili's is a famous and popular restaurant serving Western cuisine.

What do you get when you combine the two?

Answer : An enjoyable time!

And that's what I got when I brought my sister and my niece and nephew to Mid Valley during Christmas week last year.

After that delicious lunch and the awful 'credit card not accepted' incident at The Gardens, we went over to GSC Mid Valley to watch the much awaited (at least to the children) movie called "Bolt".

So was the movie worth the ticket price? We went for the 3D version which costs RM16 per adult and RM11 per child. Pretty expensive, no?

The first part of the movie was the best! I really loved it! The scenes where Bolt fights criminals and saves the world using his superpowers. It was cool.

It then went downhill from there, starting from the scene where it was revealed that Bolt was in fact, not a superdog but just an ordinary dog acting in a movie. The rest of the movie tells the story of how Bolt tries to save his owner still thinking he has superpowers and later, realising the truth. In his quest to save his owner, he was joined by a cat called Mittens and a hamster by the name of Rhino.

Despite it going downhill, it was still pretty enjoyable throughout, especially with the very funny Rhino giving us all the comical antics.

Only thing is, I didn't find the 3D that big a deal. Maybe the children enjoyed it, since this is their first time watching a 3D movie. For me, I would rather settle for 2D since the ticket price for 3D was a lot more expensive.

So how would I rate this movie? Oh, before that, let me give you a child's perspective. I asked my nephew how much he would rate the show out of 5 points where 5 is excellent and 1 is total crap. He rated Bolt 5 out of 5! I just rolled my eyes.

Just to compare, I asked him how much he would rate Kungfu Panda. He said 6 out of 5! Now, you know how children rate things!

As for me, rating this movie from an ahem...adult's perspective, I would give Bolt 3 out of 5.

Had Bolt been a real superdog, I think the movie would be much more enjoyable. Such a pity, really. I think I prefer The Incredibles which had better script, wit and action.

Well, after the movie, we went shopping for a while, before the children reminded us of dinner. Children! They are always thinking about eating, eating and eating! It was not even 6pm yet, but they were already complaining of hunger!

We decided to go Chili's located at the ground floor of Mid Valley Mall.

My niece ordered the Chicken Crispers.

My nephew ordered Fish and Chips.

As usual, my sister who was on a diet, did not order anything. She just took a little from both her children's plates. As for me, I went for my favourite Monterey Chicken.

All of us ordered bottomless drinks. I went for the bottomless guava drink. Had many refills of that!

Sometimes I wonder if the waiter would accidentally mix up our glasses when he or she refills for us. There's one time at Chili's in 1Utama, the waiter returned my glass but I knew it was not mine as I recognised the straw in the glass was not the same as the one I used earlier!

We also ordered the bottomless Tostada Chips. My sister said she did not like the chips, but guess what? She ended up eating most of them! Talking about dieting! We even went for a second and third helpings!

I guess I did not really like the chips either, but I loved the sauce where we dip the chips into! One thing though, the chips were not oily like say, Pringles potato chips. So it was probably healthier.

Somehow, when we sit down and chit chat, the chips would disappear quite fast - so thank God, I mean.... Chili's, for making it a bottomless one!

Of all the Chili's restaurants in Malaysia, I think I like the one at Mid Valley best! Their food is delicious and the service is good. I have tried Chili's in 1Utama, Bangsar and KLCC and I can tell you, the one in 1Utama sucks! Both Chili's in Bangsar and KLCC are quite good though I have yet to try the one in Penang.

So which is your favourite Chili's restaurant?

(48) Comments

  1. iamthewitch said...

    Oh I LOVE the bottomless tostada chips! It's one of my favourite orders whenever I visit Chili's with my friends. At first I didn't quite like the taste but now, I am hooked! I think it's probably an acquired taste, and it certainly looks healthier to me (convinces myself :P).

    January 16, 2009 at 8:31 AM
  2. Anonymous

    Yummy-looking food at Chilis.

    Bolt was an entertaining cartoon..and there's a lesson behind it. Think for a moment..how dangerous it can be for ppl...stuck in a certain mindset not knowing the truth at all..like Bolt thinking he's a superhero but in reality not. It can breed wrong choices and destructive behaviours.

    January 16, 2009 at 8:45 AM
  3. eiling lim said...

    I like the KLCC one too. Hey you really need a good digital camera la. Why not consider a dslr? Lol... Your pictures are too red!

    January 16, 2009 at 8:57 AM
  4. khengsiong said...

    I thought Chili's has standardized cooking methods, so the food would taste the same everywhere...

    January 16, 2009 at 9:24 AM
  5. Lisa said...

    I love chilis but haven't watch BOLT

    heard its really good and very touching about the bolt dog, so kinda didnt wanna catch it

    January 16, 2009 at 10:13 AM
  6. TZ said...

    Dude, Penang Chili's is nice... I was the regular back in 2007... hehehe :p BTW, i don't know whether they have improved on their steak... I don't really like the steak there.

    Steak! Still prefer the one in Tony Romas Cineleisure (The Curve). Yummy! * Two thumbs up*

    January 16, 2009 at 11:34 AM
  7. day-dreamer said...

    I have yet the chance to dine in Chilli's. T_T

    Btw I think I fell asleep watching The Incredibles... haha.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:35 AM
  8. Anonymous

    i haven't had a chance to try Chili's yet :(

    emm...might give it a try next time when im in kl :)

    January 16, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    My kids have the stuffed cat and dog from the movie and want the dvd. As usual I love that you take pictures and tell of your eating experiences. You always entertain!

    January 16, 2009 at 1:48 PM
  10. Anonymous

    Been to the Mid Valley one twice! Very nice but quite expensive. Once in a while, ok lah! Wah...somebody got new camera commenting on ur photos liao! Hahahahahahahaha!!!!

    January 16, 2009 at 2:03 PM
  11. HappySurfer said...

    Foong, what you described about Bolt reminds me of Buzz Lightyear of Toy Story.

    I have to agree that The Incredibles has a better storyline. The fantasy theme is always favourable to dreamers, me included. LOL!

    Chili's at KLCC is not bad except it's really crowded and noisy. :(

    January 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM
  12. bongkersz said...

    I love Chilis! I am missing Chilis already since working in Miri. Love the ottomless Tostada Chips! I have yet to watch Bolt, don't think going to watch it anyway ahaks!

    ps: Your blog sure growing fast, judging from the comments your posts received.. Cool!

    January 16, 2009 at 3:02 PM
  13. Anonymous

    Midvalley takes the cake. Best Chili's.

    January 16, 2009 at 4:55 PM
  14. [SK] said...

    i watched it in pavilion, RM18!! so KNS.. i love chilli's too, think the food is really not bad, as compared to TGIF and TR, hehe!! :p

    January 16, 2009 at 5:38 PM
  15. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, yes I think so it's an acquired taste. I'm slowly beginning to like it. Well, like it or not, we finished a few rounds! LOL!

    my bug life, yummy indeed! Yes, Bolt is a good movie with a lesson behind it - great for kids and adults! : )

    eiling, ya lah, someone got a DLSR and now start to criticise my photos : ) Blame it on Santa Claus - he's supposed to get me one! LOL! I'll consider it but I still find it too bulky to lug around. I prefer not to carry anything when I go shopping or eating.

    January 16, 2009 at 11:07 PM
  16. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, I thought so too, but obviously it isn't so.

    lisalicious, it's quite touching at some parts, but don't think it'll make you cry unless you are really sensitive and love dogs a lot! : )

    tz, you are a regular at Chili's in Penang? Wow! So loaded! I only eat at Chili's once in a while, certainly not regularly like every week or so! LOL! I have actually not tried Tony Roma's yet - must go one of these days! OK, I'll make it my new year resolution to go Tony Roma's. Haha!

    January 16, 2009 at 11:24 PM
  17. foongpc said...

    day-dreamer, oh you must try Chili's - the food really good and big portion too! Why did you sleep watching The Incredibles? It was such an entertaining show, at least to me : )

    annant, yes do give Chili's a try when you come to KL! Btw, thanks for dropping by my blog! : )

    health nut wannabee mom, looks like your children are big fans of Bolt! And thanks for your kind comments! : )

    January 16, 2009 at 11:32 PM
  18. foongpc said...

    suituapui, yes quite expensive, but big portion - one of the reasons I like to eat there! Haha! Our cigar smoking and wine drinking friend now have a new toy and is bragging about it! LOL!

    happysurfer, I guess Bolt borrows its story from a few movies, including Toy Story. Good thing you agree with me on The Incredibles - it's really the better movie, right? Oh, yeah, Chili's at KLCC can be really crowded at certain times! : )

    January 16, 2009 at 11:39 PM
  19. foongpc said...

    bongkersz, welcome back! Long time didn't visit my blog! From now on, visit more often, can or not? : ) Maybe you should open a Chili's outlet in Miri : )

    gallivanter, yeah gimme a five! : )

    SK, haha! GSC Pavilion is always more expensive than the rest! I cannot comment about Tony Roma's food cos have yet to try it, but will let you and TZ fight over which is better. Over to you, TZ! Haha!

    January 16, 2009 at 11:47 PM
  20. Anonymous

    Well Foong, those movies are geared towards kids and not adults who are more critical. LOL Having two kids, I know that simple things can make them happy. They loved Kung Fu Panda and want to see Bolt. We'll probably opt for the 3-D experience too just for the fun of it.

    January 17, 2009 at 2:14 AM
  21. acura said...

    Combine the two and you will get, Chilli Dogs! I haven't watch Bolt but I am surprised it is still showing in theaters. I agree with your nephew on Kungfu Panda, love it as well haha And those food looks yummy.

    January 17, 2009 at 2:14 AM
  22. Rad Sujanto said...

    In my hometown there's one famous stall called Serba Sambal which serves lots of variety of chills from different regions in Indonesia.


    January 17, 2009 at 2:40 AM
  23. Angie Tan said...

    The 3D effect on Bolt was not outstanding. I think I had a better time watching the 3D version of Polar Express. When you watch that movie, you really felt the snowflakes!

    I love chicken crispers! Of course, I'll swap the french fries for mashed potatoes as the crispers are already deep fried and I don't like to eat too much deep fried stuff.

    Tostada chips are nice but tends to fill up very quickly as the corn is quite starchy... It is best shared with lots of people!

    January 17, 2009 at 8:28 AM
  24. Pike-chan said...

    It's always hard to find seats in Chilis. Mostly need to queue. KLCC, MidValley, OneUtama.... but i like their ambience and their food is OK.

    January 17, 2009 at 12:51 PM
  25. foongpc said...

    babette, I guess you are right. More for kids, these movies. But adults do enjoy them too. I would say more of a movie for the entire family! I'm sure your children will enjoy Bolt, especially in 3D! : )

    acura, chilli dogs? Haha! Go watch Bolt just for fun and if you have time to kill - the first part of the movie was very good! Though, not sure if the cinemas still showing it. I'm blogging what I did last Christmas!

    rad, that's interesting! Hmm, next time I go Indonesia, will you let me stay in your house near the volcano? Just hope the volcano won't erupt while I'm there! : )

    January 17, 2009 at 1:38 PM
  26. foongpc said...

    angie tan, yeah the 3D wasn't that big deal. The fried things are not healthy, so you are wise not to eat too much of them! The tostada chips - need some time to get adjusted to its taste - I'm liking it more and more! Will surely order it again the next time I go Chili's! : )

    pikey, yes need to queue every time but surprisingly didn't need to queue for this one in MidValley. Maybe we were there early before 6pm?

    January 17, 2009 at 1:44 PM
  27. Rad Sujanto said...

    absolutely, Foongpc! =) Just let me know if you're planning to go to my country =)

    January 17, 2009 at 2:37 PM
  28. Faisal Admar said...

    We only have one Chili's restaurant in Penang which is located near Gurney Mall. I was there once and I was full at that time, I ordered only drink.

    I always miss the bottomless menu every time I go to restaurants that offer this good buy. I was in TGI but I didn't know soft drink and lemon tea is bottomless.

    I like chips and it is good when you can refill the chips and have a good conversation.

    Btw, it is ok to pay RM16 for movie occasionally :) I wouldn't mind.

    January 17, 2009 at 2:53 PM
  29. lina said...

    a fun outing for the kids. :-)Your sis on diet? Pity, miss out on good, fatty food! LOL

    I had the same experience with the refill. Got back my glass, with a lipstick mark on the straw and I don't wear lipstick at all! Eww! Now, I make sure the waiters just refill one glass at a time when dining out with friends. :D

    Seldom go to Chilli's just because I can't reserve a table there.

    January 17, 2009 at 5:09 PM
  30. LifeRamblings said...

    i've yet to dine in chili's. i havent seen bolt but it's thumbs up 4 kungfu panda though.

    January 17, 2009 at 11:16 PM
  31. eastcoastlife said...

    I enjoyed Bolt. It was entertaining. I watched it with my son and nephews. The kids love it.
    I think Chillis serves great food. I tried it in Penang.

    January 18, 2009 at 1:32 AM
  32. Anonymous

    Havent watch bolt la. .omg..outdated d.. but incredibles and finding nemo definitely my favourite! :D ...

    January 18, 2009 at 2:59 AM
  33. Mariuca said...

    Moooorning! :)

    Thanks for the review on Bolt! I still think he's pretty cute though. Will prob watch it on DVD now. ;)

    January 18, 2009 at 12:48 PM
  34. Mariuca said...

    Oh my, it's been ages since my last visit to Chili's! Let's see, I don't really mind the one in One U, but I think my fave is the one in Bangsar. Maybe cause that's the one I used to go to a lot during my NST days. :):):)

    January 18, 2009 at 12:50 PM
  35. Anonymous

    hmm.. i usually have dinner at klcc's chilis. and i find there much more friendly than other places. wow. ur nephew can finish the serving alone? so r u? i can't and i need to share it with my mom or friends.

    my answer to ur combination name is CHILI DOG. haha

    January 18, 2009 at 2:31 PM
  36. Anonymous

    Oh, I didn't know the chips are bottomless too! I love their bottomless drinks though, usually I had 2 or 3 refills! Hehe...

    January 18, 2009 at 5:28 PM
  37. Bengbeng said...

    Children have different ways of rating films. They dont have to think of ticket prices. Their objective is just to have a good time.

    January 18, 2009 at 7:18 PM
  38. Monica said...

    I have tried Chili's in KLCC; not bad! oh I didn't know they've bottomless drinks..

    January 19, 2009 at 6:52 AM
  39. Anonymous

    love the chips and the salsa sauce :D
    and my fav fruit juice is pineapple+tomato, salty and sour. hehehehe

    i think my fav is still the one in MV, have not tried the klcc one though

    January 19, 2009 at 10:28 AM
  40. foongpc said...

    rad, will do - thanks!! : )

    faisal admar, you went Chili's only for a drink? Wow! You didn't know what you missed. Do give their food a try next time. I'm sure you'll like it. And don't miss the bottomless drinks and tostada chips there! : )

    lina, ya lah, my sis always on a diet and missing on all the delicious, fatty food. Haha!
    Oh, you have the same experience with getting the wrong glass back? Yes, now I also make sure the waiter refill one glass at a time! : )

    January 19, 2009 at 11:20 AM
  41. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, yes Kungfu Panda was really an enjoyable watch, right? Oh, you must go try Chili's! It's really nice, especially the one in Mid Valley. Bolt is quite entertaining too - your children will love it! : )

    eastcoastlife, yes I'm sure the kids love Bolt! You tried Chili's in Penang? Aiyo, I'm Malaysian and had not tried it there yet! : )

    seanflare, go watch Bolt! But don't know whether still showing in cinemas. Yeah, The Incredibles was a good movie! : )

    January 19, 2009 at 11:24 AM
  42. foongpc said...

    mariuca, yes, Bolt is pretty cute dog! Maybe it's because of his nose. Haha! You should go watch it on DVD then, but you'll miss the 3D effect. Anyway, the 3D not that great, so actually you won't miss much : )

    Wow! Always go Chili's in Bangsar last time? Must be good working for NST! LOL!

    You find Chili's at 1Utama OK? I find their food quality not so good. Also service quite poor. I don't know, maybe I was unlucky the two times I was there! : )

    January 19, 2009 at 11:33 AM
  43. foongpc said...

    renaye, chili dogs - haha! You are not the first person who gave me this answer. But I guess it's pretty obvious. Bolt + Chili's = Chili dog!

    Yeah, the Chili's in KLCC is pretty good. Some more, if you sit by the window, can have nice view of the fountain and park outside!

    My nephew, niece and me are all big eaters! The portion at Chili's are big, but very satisfying to all of us. My sister can also eat a lot but she is very disciplined in her diet. Luckily, I like to exercise, so I can control my figure and weight! LOL!

    January 19, 2009 at 11:36 AM
  44. foongpc said...

    neo, then you must try their bottomless chips next time! : )

    bengbeng, yeah, it's not them who pay, it's the adults. It's nice to be children, isn't it? Just enjoy and have nothing to worry about! : )

    monica, maybe it's a good thing you didn't know. Otherwise you might drink too much and will feel full pretty fast - unless you are a big eater like me! LOL!

    xin, yeah the one in Mid Valley rocks! : )

    January 19, 2009 at 11:41 AM
  45. Unknown said...

    i agree with you on bolt and incredibles! so far, incredibles still lingers on my mind as one of the better cartoons (my best is still lilo & stitch, followed by monsters inc and even that fish show... cant remember the name now haha).

    the other cartoon nowadays dont seem to have the same touch, i wonder why. they are enjoyable, and quite funny, but somehow not in the same league as the ones i mentioned (that btw is my perspective) hehe :)

    January 22, 2009 at 1:28 AM
  46. foongpc said...

    quachee, everyone has his or her own favourites when it comes to movies and cartoons. But for the kids, I think they like every one of them! My niece and nephew must buy the DVDs of all the cartoons they watched in cinemas, so that they can watch them again and again and again! LOL!

    January 22, 2009 at 8:32 PM
  47. Tekkaus said...

    The fish show is it Finding Nemo Quachee? Yeah, kids love each and almost every cartoon they watched. Hey, I love monster Inc too. =)

    January 25, 2009 at 3:09 AM
  48. Unknown said...

    yes it is haha - how i forgot the name! oh u like monsters inc too - high 5! :)

    January 25, 2009 at 12:41 PM