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.