Have I indulged with all the good burgers in the local vicinity already that I’m resorting to returning to places? Either way, this is a different burger this time, so let’s see if TGI can up their rating.
French Dip – French by name, British by nature, this burger compromises melted Swiss cheese, garlic mayo, and arrives with a rich beef sauce to pour or drip (that doesn’t sound very French does it). However, this burger was probably better than the normal cheeseburger option I opt for. Although the basics were similar (brioche bun, 7oz flame-grilled patty), the garlic mayo and beef sauce added to the flavour and succulence.
Shock. I got sweet potato fries. It’s always worth the upgrade. Last time I was here, I got the normal fries, and found them very lukewarm and average, so these were certainly better. They were slightly on the soggier side of things, which if you like sweet potato fries, you know what I mean.
Last time I came here, there was a substantial wait to sit and order, but this time, no problems. We swooped right in, with the restaurant itself fairly quiet. We had a very polite, friendly waitress, whose name has escaped me, but she was the epitome of TGI Friday staff. And I don’t mean that in a bad way.
No change to last time, except a few less guests, so I will echo my sentiments from last time. Retro and nostalgic music memorabilia scattered on the walls, with a hint of American sport memorabilia thrown in, what a great mix. There is often a relaxed feel inside TGI’s, with staff dressed in classic American dress and music on the radio, and the majority of people generally in a feel good mood.
They say you get what you pay for, but £12.49 for a meal is slightly above board for me. I don’t want to knock TGI’s as I love it, but I don’t see how a touch of garlic mayo and beef sauce justifies the extra few quid for the burger.
Unless you live under a rock, chances are you have heard of TGI Friday’s. It’s a classic in this country I feel, with many having had or been to a birthday there (you can’t escape the table topping, singing servers). Styled as an American restaurant focusing on casual dining, there are over 65 branches in the UK, dishing up burgers, ribs, cocktails, chicken and all the standard American grub you can think of.
Cheeseburger Deluxe - I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Although the burger was cooked well done (which normally means it will be a rock in a dry bun), this burger was succulent. It was a 7oz flame-grilled beef burger, so a bit thicker than many burgers you get elsewhere. It was flavoursome, and the brioche bun was near perfect. Slightly toasted, no crumble, no dryness. The cheese and mayo helped to add to the succulence and moistness of this burger. Fair play TGI, you did yourselves proud here.
The burger came with crispy fries, and they were good, but they weren’t spectacular. They were slightly too salty and got lukewarm very quickly, which is a shame. I prefer to eat my burger before my fries, but maybe this time around I should have done it the other way? No who am I kidding, I am not changing for anyone. A friend of mine had ‘Jack Daniel’s Sesame Chicken Strips’ and although I only had one, they were flavoursome and I might need to try these out next time I go.
TGI’s is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get. I have had experiences in TGI’s whereby I felt like the Queen of the restaurant, waited on hand and foot and greeted by the friendliest person known to man. Other times, I’m left wondering why I even left the office to come here. Today was somewhere in the middle. The staff and hostess were friendly and polite, but we had a substantial wait for a table (roughly 20 mins) in what was mostly an empty restaurant, and we were placed on an empty table which had been waiting for us the entire time. The food took a while to come out too (maybe that’s why my chips weren’t very warm).
I might be slightly biased here, but I absolutely love the interior of TGI’s. Retro and nostalgic music memorabilia scattered on the walls, with a hint of American sport memorabilia thrown in, what a great mix. There is often a relaxed feel inside TGI’s, with staff dressed in classic American dress and music on the radio, and the majority of people generally in a feel good mood. Sadly no birthdays on this visit, so there was no sin
TGI offer routine pricing for a restaurant, with their burger meal costing £10.49, which considering you get chips thrown in (I’ve noticed a lot of placed don’t do this now), it’s a good price. If you go at lunch Monday to Thursday, you can get two courses from £9.99 which significantly brings the cost down and gives you extra food, but sadly I went on a Friday so I missed out on this.
ALL THE BURGER YOU COULD NEED.