For The Love of Food
Clockwise from front left: Food Awards judge Oneal Johnson; entrepreneur and health coach Garth Swaby; Dr Sandra Swaby; attorney/journalist Emily Shields; security consultant Mark Shields; Jetcon Managing Director Andrew Jackson; Jetcon accountant Keddine Jackson; IT manager, SLB Rodrick Bell; customer care senior manager Tiffany Brown; AA lead flight attendant Tiffany Linton; businessman Chris Knight; Avril Leonce, director & head, sales support unit-retail & small business-Scotiabank; and Ava Marie Johnson, senior manager, EY (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards judge Oneal Johnson along with his fellow exercise junkies aka "Machines" took advantage of Valentine's Day to express not only their love and appreciation of each other, but to also share a common bond: that of seeking out new culinary experiences. Top of the list of new spots was Silli Chili, an Asian fusion restaurant located at 9-11 Phoenix Ave, Kingston 10.

The Machines found this quaint oasis to be unique with a menu that few restaurants can match, providing a wide variety of Asian cuisines to choose from.

The restaurant's ambiance mirrors that of a rustic garden experience with tables arranged in a manner to make patrons feel as if they were in their own private space; the interior features the traditional table and chair arrangements.

After a detailed introduction of the menu with recommendations by Sunil Chandwani, owner and operator, Johnson and guests enjoyed prosecco and hand-crafted cocktails. Eager to start eating, they enjoyed a few of the popular appetisers, notably Veg Schezwan noodles, a vegetarian option; and chicken lollipops which were crunchy, crispy and bursting with flavours; and chicken and shrimp 65 for those who enjoy a kick of something spicy.

The entrée selections included butter chicken, fish butter masala, garlic butter sauce lobster, a selection of naans, and rice. The unanimous verdict: deliciously filling!

•When it comes to dining out, there may be a few things to consider in determining what a great dining experience is:

•Service that is friendly and personalised.

•Excellent food every time.

•A memorable ambiance.

•Customer service that is efficient and personable.

•Great pricepoint.

Silli Chili checks all of those boxes!

Chicken 65 (not spicy) (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Hara bhara kabab (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Clockwise, from left: Dal makhani, butter chicken, dal tadka, and butter chicken (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Silli Chili is located at 9-11 Phoenix Avenue. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Butter chicken (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Butter naan (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Chicken 65 (spicy) (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Chicken lollipop (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Lobster with garlic lemon butter sauce (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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