December 10, 2010

Fine dining like never before!

December 10, 2010
What I am about to tell you all will probably come off as a very pleasant surprise. There is now AMAZING food available (not a new story, be patient) in the most AFFORDABLE of prices (now that's a grand new story). Also, before I begin, this restaurant is going to be sponsoring a HUGE giveaway and this time only regular commentators on this blog will be eligible to participate. So its about time you get down to giving me YOUR feedback on the restaurants I cover!


Chilli Willi - a little funny on the name front, is no joke when it comes down to taste, quality and portions! A project of Roasters' ex-chef, this cafe is an attempt by him to make fine dining available for all. And he does this by: making his food as low priced as you can possibly imagine, making portions good enough for your money's worth and venturing out in areas such as Dhoraji - that have previously only been known to be home to "chaat" and "gola ganda" stalls.

For those who want to know a little more about the chef, he is a product of rigorous study at one of Switzerland's finest hotel management schools and has specialized in Italian cuisine. His food pretty much does the talking for his indescribable skills.

So this colorful little shack in the midst of the Dhoraji's bustle pulled us in, considering I had also heard about it from a few people. And even though it was small, the restaurant occupied two floors so, in all it can probably seat around 40 people.

Coming down to the food - it was the best I have ever had (no exaggeration) - following are the items I tried from the menu.

Chicken & Mushroom Soup
That is what it was called, I believe. And it was the creamiest, most delightful concoction ever with chunky bits of mushrooms and chicken. It was served with two soft, fresh pieces of garlic bread. Many of their recipes were similar to what I have tasted at Roasters since they both derive their recipes from the same person's experience.
Chicken Fingers
Marinated chicken strips, fried in bread crumbs and served with honey mustard sauce this was the perfectly light starter for the heavy meal that followed.

Salsa and Tortilla chips
We also ordered this and it must be said that the salsa was much different than others I have had. Having said that, it was great in taste, quality and consistency. Just the right amount of chunky.

Mushroom chicken
Always a favorite when it comes down to grilled chicken, I wanted to try out their version of it and I was delighted! Unlike other fancy restaurants in Zamzama that serve measly portions, their platter had two humongous breast fillets and was generously drizzled with creamy mushroom sauce! It was served with a side of french fries/baked potato and sauteed vegetables. The chicken was grilled to perfection and I did not even need an army of knives to eat my way through it - as is the case in certain other restaurants. This is a MUST try for anyone who goes there. An absolute and complete 10/10.

Fish & Chips
This platter was definitely big enough for two. It consisted of two large fillets of fish deep fried with bread crumbs. And one fillet was an entire meal on its own! It was served with honey mustard, tartar sauce, coleslaw, french fries and sauteed vegetables. All of which were made perfectly. There was not one mistake I could point out - but then again I am not an expert. Just obsessed with food.

American Chicken Burger-
These burgers made Roasters' burgers look like happy meal sandwiches. They were so big in size that even our company - a full grown man - could only eat half! Portions aside, the taste was remarkable and the credit goes to the sauces and marination that is done by the chef himself. It was juicy and loaded with crunchy lettuce and onion rings! 

Pina Colada
This was a trip to heaven. Period. 
And even though I am not a big pineapple fan this drink had the perfect proportions of coconut milk and pineapple to make me fall in love.

Chocolate Mousse
This was the best part of the meal. Made of real Swiss chocolates this delicacy was RICH and thick. It was literally luxury in a bowl at a price you could afford. I have NEVER in my life had such chocolate mousse. This is one thing everyone HAS to try. The true meaning of chocolate mousse. 

Excuse the excitement. The thought of the chocolate mousse made me a little crazy.

Price -
Unbeatable prices. The three course meal for three (including the two appetizers, three main courses, three portions of soup, three pina coladas and the chocolate mousse) cost us a mere Rs. 1985!

Ambiance & Service
The place was snug, friendly and warm. The owners were extremely enthusiastic. The waiters were okay.

Children Friendly -
Definitely! A perfect place to dine out with the whole family without injuring your pocket!

Overall Experience -
11/10 (Figuratively speaking)



the mousse is getting me excited too. i think i will try this out soon!

Palwasha N. Minhas

Exact location please !!


So its in Dhauraji?

Im reallyy tempted to go!


What Palwasha said. Can I get the exact address please?


Sounds amazing...i will definitely go there...and the prices are WOW!!!

Mehwish Fatima

wow..definitely wanna go check it out...the way u have wrritten this makes me want to go there right now!

Savera Dar

Now this looks tempting!!
And dude thats alot of food for 2k!:o seriously!
I really wanna know where this place is!


Location / address please!


location please...sound absolutely awesome!


Guys, sorry for not mentioning it on the blog post! It's on main Dhoraji. If you keep going straight from the famous gola ganda stalls it'll land on your left - somewhere opposite Jamil Bakery.


Kanwal, great review! Have been following ur blog recently, and enjoying it too. Had to go out for lunch today and might try chilli willi(are they open for lunch?) Will give you my 2 cents about the place when i do! xxx

Khushboo J

Omg sounds absolutely amazing!!! the pics r quite tempting and the prices are even more unbelievable. Can u pls elaborate some more on the location? I'm so going here n dragging my friends too!!

Khushboo J

Okayy just saw ur comment...ignore my comment above abt the location :P

Saad Khan

munh main paani aa gaya!


I went to chilli willi like 2 months back and trust me, it gave a v.bad first impression. Their ac's weren't functioning properly and hence, there was water before entering the restaurant and even after we had entered.

Shayan Naseem

I want mushroom chicken and Chocolate Mousse !!!!!


Maimoona, I'm sorry to hear about your experience. Chilli Willi's management has recently been changed. And I did not experience anything unpleasant. I hope your next trip is as pleasant as mine was. =)


Excellent food with best prices! if you are sea food lover, than try all types of fish and sea food pasta in Chili Wili. I hope you will love it.


ahhh....i'm drooooling! =/

Mariam R

This place is just 2 mins away from my home, but i have never been to it coz well it just looked so out of place! but now am DEFINITELY going. lovely kanwal :D


This place sounds like a dream come TRUE!! I cant believe that was your total bill!
too bad its so faraway :(
Will definitely check it out DEFINITELY.


Chilli willi sounds amazinggg!!! i want all the food NOW!!! do they deliver?


This restaurant is absolutely terrible. My apologies, but your review, if not borderline sensationalist, was overly generous in describing almost every aspect of this restaurant and the fare offered.

The ingredients used are of the same quality you can expect at your neighborhood bunkabab-wala; who's culinary skills probably outstrip, by miles, those of the Swiss-schooled chef in charge of this futile exhibition of mediocrity.

Separately, the visit to Chilli Willi was a classic example of market efficiency. You described the establishment as offering "AMAZING the most AFFORDABLE of prices." Yet upon my arrival there, earlier last week, the place was absolutely empty. After having been through the horrendous experience of consuming a meal there, I am privy to the reason why.


Abbas, your pathetic experience at Chilli Willi gives you no reason to criticize my writing or call me a sensationalist.

Having said that, I am sorry things went the way they did for you. But I find your account hard to believe considering I have been to Chilli Willi almost a dozen times after this write up and find it as delightful every time.


I am surely gonna try.
Kanwal, i am a food lover like you esp fine dining...therefore i felt that you have uptil yet covered a very few eateries in the city. Why so? Or if I haven't figured out your blogs properly...then let me know.


I was hesitant going to this place after reading some of the negative comments, but I am glad I did. I tried take away the first time and dine in for the second, I must say that both times I got great food and excellent service.

Anyone having second thoughts after reading the comments above need not be afraid...


Thanks for sharing this mouth watering post.

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I always learn something new from your post!Great article. I wish I could write so well.

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the saddest thing happened today:
it's my birthday :P and I had been looking for a good place to eat out with my family for a few days. finally, I looked up this blog 'cause I knew that you did this through friends at IBA, and naturally saw this post. So, we all got ready and went to dhoraji...looking looking looking. No chili wili :P then we stopped and asked another cafe and they said that it closed down a little while ago...sigh. dejected, we decided to go to roasters :P


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