Belfast in the past few years has seen the development of the Victoria Square shopping centre which also contains restaurants and a cinema, though the restaurants have all been of pretty poor standards especially since they are big chain names that could really afford to do better TGI's being one of these.
The decor is designed with rock star and movie paraphernalia splattered across the walls and has stuff hanging from the ceiling, which gives the atmosphere of an American dinner or bar. However they should have also stuck with booths also instead of spindly little chairs and tables that are a dark wood which never seem to be clean and sticky to the touch. Due to the fact that it is dark you can't see the dirt or splattered tomato ketchup, although they do try their best to spritz the tops of the tables they haven't paid as much attention to the tables legs, under the tables or chairs in my two experiences there.
They do have a very small section that is booths but I have never had the opportunity to sit at them so can't comment on those seating arrangements, though the tables just seem way out of place the place is the size of a small car park there would have been space to have just booths. Though some would argue that it would reduce their maximum seating capacity but in my opinion the place has never been brimming full of people and there has never been any need for a reservation or a queue.
I would say that the waiters and waitresses are really quite attentive though this can't be difficult since the place is half empty most of the time. Only complaint is their negligence to properly clean the tables and chairs considering they seem to have a lot of time on their hands.
As you are probably aware the restaurant provides a range of grilled meats, chicken wings, burgers, fajitas, wraps, snacks, deserts and tapas. Simple enough. They also provide a range of soft drinks that are refillable, cocktails, beers and milkshakes so pretty good on the drinks front or so I thought.
In my second experience when I decided to give the cocktails ago they said that they were sorry but did not have all the ingredients, this included the daiquiris and the mojito two of my favorites so they didn't exactly get off with a good start as if they don't have mint or any form of fruit then what is their kitchen like?
I ended up just getting a refillable coke instead which turned out to be pepsi which was fine really I can't taste the difference.
Everyone at our table ordered beef burgers which at £11.99 each a bit pricy and a bit more expensive than other branches I have heard. I was also rather disappointed when they didn't even bother asking how we wan ted our burgers done as I like me meat medium rare and not a dried out well done. Which made me presume that despite their statement of having fresh food these burgers were frozen and probably stuck in the back of a freezer for God knows how long, how disappointing.
When we finally got our meals as to be expected the meat was as dried out as an old boot and the fries that were served with it where drenched in salt, way to salty for me, though I guess that's why they give you bottomless drinks because you need it for the dry salty food.
Not really worth the money, I could have made the same burger and chips 3 times over for that price and they wouldn't have been dried out.
The previous time I visited with my boyfriend and he got pasta for £10.49 another rip of considering the tiny plate and it was obviously made from a jar and with dried pasta. To make matters worse an hour or two after we got back home he wasn't well at all.
I got blackened chicken fajita which really could have just been made from an old del Paso kit there was a good bit of chicken but I only got 3 tiny little kiddie sized wraps to contain it all that really wasn't enough or any way special enough to b e charged £13.99 really not happy about that, if my boyfriend wasn't feeling so unwell I would have stayed behind to complain.
If you want grill or mexican food when you are at Victoria square I would suggest you go to Spurr instead or Chiquitos as you may have to wait a little longer to be served but they don't run out of ingredients, arent as pricey and give you lots to eat. Also thus far nobody I know has gotten sick from either of them and Spurr even has a play area for your kids.
Over all not impressed
I have visited a few TGI's and having been working away there was a TGI's right by my hotel so I thought I would visit. The restaurant itself had very tall ceilings and lots of windows with mostly booths to sit in, it's open plan but tables are close together - making the most of every square foot!
As it has been mid week each time I have visited it has been fairly quiet and the staff have immediately seated me and have been very friendly and happy to give recommendations. The staff are possibly a little over friendly, I'm not sure if they were looking for tips or for a good rating on the survey they were getting everyone to fill in. Also, where it appeared people had a birthday they were singing and clapping, I found this a little over the top after a long day at work I was looking for a quiet meal.
The food itself came in reasonable time and the staff were happy to bring additional sauces and starters as sides. The pricing I would say is mid range although they do have a mid week special of two courses for £14.99 - this isn't available on Friday or Saturday, I'm surprised they don't offer it on a Friday as their name is TGI Friday
There is a good range of food options from steaks, chicken, burgers, ribs to salads. I would suggest viewing their menu online to see what is currently available.
I have been to T.G.I Friday's in Meadowhall quite a few times and I have always enjoyed the food and the service and today was no exception. My Husband and I popped over to Meadowhall with our Son and his Fiancée for a goodbye meal as he is flying out to Afghanistan on Sunday.
The T.G.I's in Meadowhall is open fronted as it is part of the Oasis food complex. We waited at the front desk, next to a cool Harley Davidson, to be seated. In less then a minute we were greeted by a young lad who was to be our server today. He efficiently showed us to our seats and gave us a menu each. He took our drinks orders, on this occasion we each had a refillable coke. I think this is good value as for £2.69 you can have as many refills as you want. My Son and I only had the original drink but my Husband and future Daughter-in-law had quite a few refills.
While perusing the menu I has a chance to look at our surroundings, we were seated at the back of the restaurant in a booth. The booth was nice, comfortable and cosy and I felt that even though we were sat in a busy restaurant we had plenty of privacy to chat. The atmosphere in the restaurant was excellent and the music selection that was being played quite loudly was all modern American rock, it sounded as though someone had nicked the CD out of our car.
Our server gave us a few minutes to look at the menu and then came back to take our orders. My Husband and Son had the Steak, ribs and Prawns (£20.99), my future daughter had the Angus Burger without salad and sauce and I picked three dishes from the new Tappas menu I chose Chicken Skewers, Meatball Sliders and Taquito Bites (£12.99). At the time of ordering I was told that my dishes would come sooner than the rest of the tables as they are small dishes that are served as soon as they are prepeared.
A short while later my Chicken Skewers were served. They were nicely presents on a small dish. I had three chicken skewers coated in a sticky BBQ sauce served on a bed of shredded raw red cabbage and with the worlds crunchiest, skinny curly fries. The chicken skewers were delicious the chicken was moist and flavoursome and the bbq sauce was excellent. The curly fries were tooth chippingly hard and bland but strangely moreish. I gave the shredded red cabbage a wide berth. My next dish of Taquito Bites was not far behind. Again this was well presented and consisted of a rolled wrap filled with cheese and bacon which was sliced into five easy to pick up slices, the wrap and plate was generously garnished with chopped up green pepper and fresh tomato and I think there was some fresh chilli on there that I was not expecting as I got quite a heat kick at one point. The Taquito Bites were a bit of a let down, the wrap was floury and fresh and the chopped up bacon was nice but a little bland, the major let down for me was the use of bog standard mild red cheddar. Before my third dish turned up the others had been served there food but I will carry on describing my meal. My third dish of Meatball Sliders was quite an interesting looking affair. It consisted of three little meatballs coated in a tomato sauce with a dollop of fresh mozzarella and a deep fried basil leaf in a small American style bread cob. I was served three of these little creations. Again the presentation was excellent. I removed the Basil leaf as it was not very appetising and started on my little Meatball Sliders. The bread was soft and fresh and the meatballs were home made as was the sauce. The meatballs and sauce was not a patch on what I make myself at home but they were nice enough. I liked the variety offered by the Tappas menu and I was incredibly full after devouring my three little dishes. I thought the food was a little bland and the chef should be introduced to Mr Salt and Mrs Pepper at some point in his career.
My future daughters' meal looked nice enough although I thought the burger bun looked a little burnt she seemed happy enough. Despite asking for no salad her burger arrived with a full complement of rabbit food. The server quickly realised the mistake and removed her meal so the problem could be sorted. He retuned a minute later with apologies and a fresh saladless burger. My future daughter declared that her burger was very nice and she emptied her plate.
My Husband and Son's meals both looked nice with a generous serving of chips, ribs, steak, onion rings, battered prawns and some soggy looking steamed vegetables (Broccoli, string beans and red peppers). The ribs were excellent and the meat fell off the bone, I tried a small amount of rib meat and found it to be very tasty and moist. My Husband said the chips were nicely seasoned and crisp and that the battered prawns were delicious. He also enjoyed the home made onion rings. Both my Husband and Son felt the steak was a little dry and lacking in flavour, they had asked for it to be well done but in my opinion this is no reason for the steak to be dry. My Husband and Son both avoided the vegetables, I ate the Broccoli and found it to be a little mushy but passable.
Throughout the meal our server inconspicuously glided past the table and offered refills as and when needed. At the end of the meal he asked if we required anything else, when we all agreed that we had finished he efficiently cleared the table and brought the bill.
The meal came to a tad under £80 for the four of us. We paid by card but tipped £8 in cash.
The toilets in this T.G.I are upstairs but I can't imagine that would be much of an issue for less able customers as there is easy access to toilet facilities in the Oasis complex. I did not use the toilets but my Husband did and he said they were clean with plenty of toilet roll, hot water and soap.
In conclusion I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, the chef could be a little more adventurous in his flavours as some parts of my meal were a little bland but my Husband, Son and future Daughter enjoyed there meals. The atmosphere in T.G.I Friday's Meadowhall is excellent. All the staff are friendly and efficient. Customers are dealt with in a friendly manner and meals are served quickly.
More details on menu and opening times can be found at http://www.tgifridays .co.uk/sheffield-meadowhall/the-grill/friday-style-tapas#menu-nav
Thank you for reading.
I first went to TGI Fridays a year ago in April for my birthday, this one was in Edinburgh, it is located on castle street, just at the far end of princes street opposite the castle. The Edinburgh TGI Fridays has a large bar as soon as you walk in, this I feel makes the place as there is a constant team behind the bar, just there solely for drinks so your waitress isn't running around like a headless chicken. In Edinburgh because of how busy it was we were given a small device that flashes once a table has become available, we did not have to wait long at all. The waitresses were fast and friendly and got us seated promptly at a clean table, I did however feel it was very close to the surrounding people, which when I am eating, I do not like.
The décor and atmosphere is very American styled and it suits the restaurant well, they are always very clean and very well presented. The paintings on the wall are good to look at, and very interested and they are all music and film themed, American of course. This is a running theme and everything ties in very well together.
One thing I will say is that the Edinburgh restaurant does not have parking and I would recommend parking on nearby Geoge street as it is just a small walk away.
The other TGI's restaurant that I visit, this on a more frequent basis is the one opposite Meadowhall in Sheffield, Tinsley I think it is called. We love TGI's so much myself and my partner drive 40 miles, there and back from Scunthorpe to eat here on a regular basis when we can afford it. This TGI's is a lot bigger, the bar is based at the back of the restaurant with all the seating as you walk through the door, to your right there is small booths and tables for bigger parties, and to your left there are tables and another row of booths. The booths to me are the best as they give you a lot more privacy, although you can see over the glass, but not enough for your privacy to be invaded.
As soon as you walk in your a greeted by who will be your server, they then take you with a menu to your table and ask you if you would like a drink, I generally have the oreo milkshake, as oreos are my favourite biscuit, this however does not last long and I usually follow it up with a diet coke for expense sake. The drinks list is extensive with a large range of cocktails, which can include a various range of spirits such as vodka, rum etc. They also do cold non alcoholic drinks such as milkshakes, soft drinks, slushes, still fruit juices, this I feel is a good choice as not everyone wishes to have an alcoholic drink with their meal, for the men they also have a good range of lagers to choose from.
I feel that the menu has a good choice and selection, mostly as an American theme, their menu is based on wings, potato skins, calamari, the wings are the best and are in a jack daniels BBQ glaze which is just devine, this is what I usually get for my starter when we go. They also do prawn cocktail, wedge salads, three different types of wings, mozzarella dippers which are beautiful, they do a sharing platter which we have got before which includes potato skins, jack daniels wings, mozzarella dippers, celery sticks and three dips. You can also get something called a jack daniels tower which is chicken, ribs and shrimp all smothered in jack daniels glaze, they also do nachos, both chicken fajita and cheesy nachos. A couple of there starters also take on an Italian theme for instance bruschetta and a mushroom alfredo, neither of these I have tried but going by the standards I have experienced they would taste good.
Now we come to the mains, they do a various range of grill combos, steaks, ribs, chicken and seafood, these all come under a section called Fresh From The Grill!! The combos mostly contain shrimp, ribs, steak or chicken, a combo of any of the three. The steaks are what I go for, mostly a sirloin with a peppercorn and bourbon sauce, which I must say tastes beautiful. On the ribs you can choose from a beer BBQ glaze, a jack daniels glaze, hope you like alcohol!! If you don't fancy meat they also have a salmon which is marinated in the jack daniels glaze and chargrilled. With the steaks you are able to choose two steak sides and a steak sauce, included in the price, you can choose from potato skins, cheesy mash, fries, wedge salad, vegetables, Cajun spiced rice, and the sauces you can choose from peppercorn and bourbon ( my absolute favourite), jack daniels and wild mushroom. I feel this is a very good value for money option, even though the steaks are expensive, you get what you pay for.
On the menu there is also a choice of burgers, which are called juicy, the meat is lovely so I am not surprised, it is very succulent and well seasoned. You can choose from the classic American, the monster, the inferno and the jack daniels. They also do Aberdeen angus burgers called the smokehouse and the black and blue, both of which I have never tried. I have attempted the monster burger but could not do it, it was too big, it had lots of onion rings, cheese and salad, it was very hard to finish the whole burger but it was very delicious. They also do three burgers which they claim are for the adventurous, they do a French Canadian which has toppings of maple syrup and bacon; they do the Texan wild boar, which is a wild boar burger with apple wedges and a Dijon mustard, this personally does not appeal to me at all. The third adventurous burger is called the, Kickin' veggie burger, this is a mix of adzuki and kidney beans with Colby cheese and mayo in a bun. Again not for me, im a carnivore! Lol. On this page is also two ciabattas, chicken finger BLT and the Cajun Chicken, I have had the chicken finger BLT and it reminded me of a Chicken royale from burger king but of a lot better quality, definitely worth the money.
They also do fajitas, which I have had the chicken fajitas, which come out on a wooden tray and a wrap warmer, it is very well presented and still sizzling as they reach the table, very well cooked and very tasty. They do quesadillas, which I have never had but have seen and they look nicely toasted and very tasty. They do pastas, again touching on the Italian theme, along with chicken and shrimp, as well as salads, but really who goes out for a salad, come on!!
They also do various American desserts such as a mocha mud pie, Tennessee toffee pie, cookie dough cheesecake, chocolate cake fixation and apple waffle crunch, as well as the old American classic of ice cream sundaes. I have never had a dessert at TGI's as I am always stuffed after my excellently cooked main meal. TGI's also do two midweek courses called Downtown and Uptown, which is £9.99 and £14.99 for two courses respectively, which I feel is a very good deal for the quality of food you receive, these are only available Monday to Thursday all day.
I have always received fast and excellent service at the TGI restaurants I have been too and I always leave a tip, the staff are always clean and well dressed and very polite, I am always happy to eat here and always enjoy myself, both restaurants I have mentioned here, Edinburgh and Sheffield Tinsley are great restaurants and you will receive great service, I very highly recommend them.
Great food, Great Service, Great Atmosphere.
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The restaurant is located in the main town in Guildford and is just a short walk from the train and bus station. I have been to this restaurant a number of times so I thought I would finally write a review about my experience here based on my most recent visit. The restaurant can't be mistaken for any other due to the red and white colour theme of the restaurant. This is actually located next door to the Slug & Lettuce bar which is popular on Friday and Saturday nights. As you walk into the restaurant through 2 sets of double doors you will see that the main colour theme to the restaurant is red and white. A member of staff will be standing just inside the door next to a till which is where you enquire about a table for now or one that you have booked in advance. The member of staff will ask you how many people are eating and she will then show you to a table where she will ask if you would like any drinks whilst we look as the menu which had been given to us. During the week you don't really need to book in advance to eat here but during the weekend it can get rather busy here so it's best to book to avoid waiting. There are a number of different sized tables and chairs to the left and right hand side of the restaurant and on the far right this part of the restaurant is built up slightly. There are some booths with tables to the left & right hand side as you walk in. The lighting in the restaurant isn't that bright but at the same time isn't very dim either so you can read the menu clearly. They always have music playing in here which ranges in different styles and eras of music, most of which I find myself singing along to.
The bar is located on the back wall of the restaurant and is also built on a higher level. There are bar stools that surround the bar if you just want to go in here for a few drinks. The restaurant goes right round to the left hand side of the bar where there are more smaller booths for couples and towards the kitchen there are larger sized tables and chairs for larger parties. This is also where the toilets are located. There are often balloons tied to chairs in the restaurant if they are expecting a party of celebration and they often use different coloured balloons to decorate the restaurant a bit more for a party feel. Children are always welcome to take a balloon if they ask a member of staff. On the wall to the restaurant is a range of different objects which I find really interesting. These range from large bits of rope, to signs, number plates and other objects. I think this gives the restaurant a different and slightly quirky look. The restaurant has a good atmosphere and feel to it. The table we sat at was very clean and the chairs were very comfortable. There were no traces of food on or around the table area and I even checked under the table too, and there wasn't any traces of food there wither. I couldn't see any tables in the restaurant that hadn't been cleared and overall the restaurant looked and felt very clean and tidy.
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I am writing some information about the bar area as me and my friends often go in here for a few drinks at the weekends as we like the cocktails they do here. You don't have to be having a meal in the restaurant in order to order drinks at the bar. You can simply walk in the restaurant and go straight to the bar to order some drinks. There are stools around the bar area and there is a few tables in which you can stand at to put your drinks on. It gets quite busy in here during the weekend and sometimes you may have to wait a while to get served. They normally have at least 3 people serving behind the bar. Drink menus can be found on the bar of the bar staff will hand you a menu when approaching the bar. They do a large range of cocktails, beers, sprits, shots and other drinks. The cocktails come in different sizes which you can order by glass or pitcher. The drinks in here are not cheap and are rather expensive, especially when in comparison to other local bars in the area. Me and my friend's often order cocktails to share and you can watch the bar staff throw bottles and the cocktail shakers around as he makes your cocktail for you. The cocktails are always presented really nicely and always taste great. If you are not sure on what to order but like something fruity then if you tell the bar staff this they can make a cocktail for you to suit your taste. Although the cocktails are expensive they do taste delicious and can also be rather strong too so it's best not to drink too many.
* Cocktails include - Bacardi Sweetheart, Long Island Iced Tea, Gremlin, Skinny Cocktails, Cucumber Martini, Black Pearl, Red Army, Sea Breeze, Green Eyes, Passion Driver, Mai Tai, Mojito, Hurricane, Jagerbull, June Bug, Champagne Cocktail, Kir Royale, Ice Cream Cocktails.
* Beers - Budweiser, Corona Extra, Stella Artois, Brahma, Magners
They have a range of different wines and champagne available to purchase by glass or bottle.
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The menu consists of a large range of different dishes suitable for a wide range of people. They have a separate menu for kids. Although I'm not going to list all the food on the menu I will list some of the food in each category so you can get an idea what food they actually do here. Being a TGI Friday's their menu contains mainly grilled food or burgers.
* Starters/Sharers - Sesame Chicken Strips, Boneless Wings, Mozzarella Dippers, Loaded Potato Skins, Cheese Nachos.
* Fresh from the Grill - Steak, Ribs & Shrimp, 8oz New York Strip, Surf & Turf Combo's, Jack Daniels Glazed Ribs, Jack Daniels Chicken, Jack Daniels Salmon.
* Juicy Burgers - Classic American, The Monster, The Inferno, French Canadian, Chicken Finger BLT.
* Southern Sizzle - Sizzling Fajita, Tequila Chicken Fajita, Cajun Cream Chicken Penne, Spicy Diablo Pasta, Chicken Fingers, Jack Daniels Shrimp, Fajita Salad, BBQ Chicken Salad.
* Sweet Treats - Mocha Mud Pie, Apple Waffle Crunch, Cookies & Cream Sundae.
* Drinks - Slushes, Smoothies, Milkshakes, Bottomless Glass (Coke/Lemonade), J20, Fruit Juices (Apple, Cranberry, Orange, Pineapple), Red Bull, Water.
After sitting down for at least 5 minutes the waiter asked us if we were ready to order our food. By now the drinks we had ordered when we first arrived had been brought over to us. We told the waiter what we wanted to order and he asked if we wanted any additional drinks, we politely said no and he took our menus from us and left us to chat. If we decided that we did want any additional drinks we could call him over to order them.
As it was a weekday I didn't really want a cocktail but I wanted something quite refreshing, so I ordered a Blue Raspberry Slush drink. The Slush drinks are just like slush puppies, but the ice is slightly bigger. This was served to me in a clear glass with a straw so I could drink the Blue Raspberry drink easily. This was a very refreshing drink and tasted really nice. I didn't have another one of these but I could have easily drunk another one.
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I ordered half a rack of ribs with a Jack Daniels glaze. This came with onion rings, fries and some tangy coleslaw. My boyfriend ordered the full rack of ribs with a different sauce and his also came with fries, onion rings and coleslaw. We waited approximately 15 minutes before our food came out. The food was presented nicely and I was a little surprised when comparing my plate to my boyfriends, that although I had ordered half a rack of ribs, mine was a lot bigger than his full rack of ribs. After our meals had been served the waiter asked if we wanted any extra sauces or any more drinks and then he left us to enjoy our meals. There were 2 onion rings on top of the ribs and the Jack Daniels sauce was presented on the side in a small dish. I was expecting a little more coleslaw then what I actually received and I was a little disappointed by this as it was only a small spoonful of coleslaw.
The coleslaw tasted ok, but I didn't find it very creamy and I have tasted better from the supermarket. The ribs tasted delicious and the meat fell off the bone easily. The sauce to go with the ribs was quite runny but tasted lovely with the ribs as it had a slight sweet taste to it. The fries were lovely and crisp and cooked to perfection. Overall the meal tasted very nice and the portions were a good size too. Not long after finishing our meals another waitress came to take away the empty plates and asked if everything was ok with our meals. She then asked if we wanted anymore drinks or any desserts. We declined this offer and asked for the bill. The bill was put on our table by our original waiter. The receipt is itemised so you can work out the cost of each meal and drink that each person had if you need to. We didn't need to use a card machine so we popped the money on the plastic tray along with the receipt and we also left a tip as well.
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I visited the toilets once during my stay here. The cubicle I went in had some toilet tissue on the floor around the toilet. The toilet also hadn't been flushed by the previous person, so I chose another toilet. This toilet was clean and had a good supply of toilet tissue in. The lock worked perfectly and there were no signs of graffiti. The sink area was very clean and there was also a good supply of soap. There is a long mirror above the sinks which was extremely clean. The hand dryer worked perfectly so I was able to dry my hands after washing them.
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You will be allocated a waiter/waitress who will serve you throughout your stay at the restaurant and they will take your food order and also any additional drinks that you may wish to have to go with your meal. The staff are all dressed very neatly and all have the TGI's outfit on which consists of a red & white t-shirt or red shirt and black trousers. Most of them will have a small apron which is tied to the front of them and this is black in colour. Waitresses with longer hair, have their hair tied back neatly.
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Me and my friends regularly meet and we normally go to Nando's, how-ever we decided to have a change of scenery which is why we chose TGI's. Although some of the dishes seem rather pricey when looking at the menu, it actually cost us less money here than it would of at nando's and the choice of food and portion sizes are a lot better here. The choice of the menu is very good and I actually found it quite hard to decide what to pick off the menu. I love the large range of drinks and cocktails they have here to compliment the meals. The service here was really good and during out time here our waiter was very good and extremely polite. Me and my friends really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere here and we would definitely go here again for a meal. I would also considering going here with a large group of people for a party or celebration. This is a lovely restaurant, with fantastic staff and a great range of food.
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Address: 2 North Street, Guildford Surrey, GU1 4AA.
Tel: 0844 692 0271
Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 12:00 - 10:30pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 11:00pm
Sun - 12:00 - 10:00pm
(review also on ciao)
I have visited TGI Friday's a number of times over the last 10 years, sometimes for birthdays, other times just casually.
I do overall like the food, the steaks are usually very nice and my favourite the chicken finger BLT is to die for. The sauces are for me are brilliant, the honey mayonnaise or the Jack Daniels BBQ is something I would love to have at home, failing to replicate it just right every time.
It's fast food in general, fries, burgers, sandwiches, all the things the kids love. They have a refillable soft drink deal which is great for kids. However this is the problem, well for me anyway, it's mostly fast food. When I go I often get the chicken finger BLT, which is chicken breast pieces in a bun, some salad and fries with the wonderful sauce. I have no problem with fast food, as a treat it is great, but the prices are often way above your average fast food house for food that is more often than not, not too dissimilar.
Plus points are obviously it's nicer surroundings than your local McDonald's, for a birthday the staff will come and sing for you, you will notice almost an endless amount of birthdays while there. The kids love it and even a part of me enjoys it, it's just a bit overpriced for what the food actually is.
Founded by Alan Stillman in 1965, TGI Fridays (which stands for thank god it's friday) was a chain of mixed sex pubs. Stillman lived in an area with a high population of women, but there were no places to be around them, hence opening the cocktail bar. It was aimed at young adults, men and women and was a social and trendy place to meet.
American theme restaurant TGI Fridays are located all across the UK and USA, 920 restaurants in 61 countries. The menu is mostly American food favourites including chicken wraps, barbecue ribs, chicken wings, burgers, nachos, steaks and some lovely starters loaded potato skins and sharing bread a favourite.
TGI, the fun friendly restaurant does double up as a cocktail bar serving a range of delicious cocktails and alcoholic drinks though also catering for families as well with soft drinks and creamy milkshakes.
A general main meal costs between £10-15
A general starter costs between £3-5
A dessert costs about £4.50-6
Although I have had one bad experience at TGI Fridays, they made up for it enormously by sending me a £20 off my next meal and free dessert voucher.
I am a loyal customer and have always had great service (bar one time when the wait was crazy) however as I said they made up for it wonderfully.
I recently went on Halloween to the Bluewater branch and had the most fantastic dining experience. All the staff were professionally halloweened up, and the atmosphere was amazing.
Also they do a birthday offer in which you and up to 8 friends get a free dessert, though the birthday person has to endure the BIRTHDAY SONG, where you are stood up on a chair in the middle of the restaurant, with a balloon hat on, holding your dessert with a candle in it whilst all the staff and other customers sign happy birthday to you. A nice touch, though traumatising.
Our waiter couldn't have done more to help us, and was a polite young man.
And as all the TGI I have tried, the staff are always more than willing to help
Recommendations on food
The steak is always delicious, I've never had a less than perfect steak from TGI.
Add the surf and turf prawns, they are to die for; marinated in a cajun glaze to give them flavour and grilled.
Jack Daniels Sauce is the nicest sauce I have ever tried, (even tried getting the secret recipe out of the chef) but no shop bought sauce tastes even similar.
For a perfect dining experience. GO TO TGI FRIDAYS!
TGI fridays is one of those traditional american themed restaurants, with a fun vibe, cocktail bar, and food! I have eaten in their restaurants all over London and in New York and I have always enjoyed the food everywhere I go! The standard is top quality and in general, the customer service is always good! (Except the odd occasion when you may turn up unexpected and have to wait absolutely ages for a table, as they can be super busy!)
They do great starters, such as garlic bread, chicken wings, ribs etc and they spice it up throughout the year by introducing seasonal dishes e.g. they used to have mozzarella balls (YUM! especially as I ADORE any kind of cheese!) so sometimes when you go, you get a lovely surprise of something new to try :)
The main reason I am a regular visitor of TGI Fridays is they have their own special Jack Daniels sauce, (I am pretty sure it derives from the Jack Daniels alcohol in some respect but don't worry you won't be tipsy after eating it or anything!) which is absolutely amazing! It is like a bbq sauce almost but sweeter (word of warning I have had TGI Friday's bbq sauce and its absolutely vile!) This sauce can come on shrimp, ribs, burger, chicken, salmon almost anything! So the variety on their menu is always top notch!
The only disappointment with TGI fridays is my own personal choice that their dessert menu doesn't appeal to me at all :( a lot of the items are ice cream/cake and I would enjoy a hot dessert on their like apple pie/crumble and custard....that could just be me being fussy!
An average meal with starter, main and refillable drink is around £15 which is nice and pocket friendly,and the portions for me are quite good for what you pay and so you get a good dining experience which is actually filling for a reasonable price. (Saying this, when I visited the chain in New York I paid $27 for the same meal which is £9.99 here so even with currency converter it was waaaaaaay over priced!)
The bar is a fun place to hang out on any day of the week, cocktails around £6-£10 but they have an array of flavours and will make smoothies, milkshakes and other fun drinks also :)
TGI Fridays is also very baby friendly, with kids meals and toys, and the ones I have been to all have had baby changing facilities which makes a welcoming change from many restaurants I have been to which don't! I remember my partner and I bringing my daughter to a branch in London for my birthday when she was only 3 months old, and the staff were more than accommodating which made me a lot more likely to recommend this restaurant.
Overall, it is a fun themed restaurant for everyone, I have been there for birthdays; kids and adults, hen parties etc and it is always an enjoyable experience with a menu that is versatile so everyone is bound to find something they like!
the first time i went to tgi Fridays was on my birthday. i thought that the staff were very friendly and light hearted. they attended to our needs and requests. the food was very nice and there was lots of it. if i had to say a bad thing then i would have to say it was a little over priced. it is ok for a treat but i wouldn't keep going there because of the expense. the menu was very good and had plenty of choices for those picky eaters. there was that much of a choice that it was hard to choose. the layout of the restaurant was very nice and the decoration was modern and very american. the food comes with this amazing Jack Daniels sauce which was very nice and a bit different to what i have tried before. the sauce is exclusive to them and the reason i keep going back.
I have long been a fan of TGI fridays, I have eaten frequently at TGI Friday's in Cardiff and Swansea, and while I lived in Newcastle also TGI's in Gateshead.
For those of you that haven't been to TGI Friday's it is an American style diner chain. The slogan for TGI's is 'In here, it's always Friday'. The decor is standard throughout the chain. The restaurant is decorated in American advertisments and memoribillia. The restaurant also has famous red and white canopies outside as well as brass railings and tiffany lamps inside. The staff are also dressed in the matching red and white.
If you go to TGI's on the weekend it can be busy and you may have to wait in the bar area if you haven't pre booked a table. The bar is square and centred in the middle of the restuarant. TGI's has an amazing selection of cocktails involving every type of alcohol you could think of. They have dedicated pages for gin, vodka, rum, whisky etc... you can also get non alcoholic cocktails for children and those who don't drink. The cocktails come in two sizes the larger range from £7 to £8. There is also a selection of bar snacks which include things like chicken wings and potato wedges.
Once you are shown to a table you are introduced to your waiter/waitress and they will then look after you for the whole duration of your meal. In all TGI's I have been impressed by how friendly the staff are.
In the day TGI's has offers of 2 courses for £9.99 which you can upgrade for a few quid extra to include a third course. You can also pay a little more for a slightly more expensive meal. On my most recent trip I went to TGI's in St Davids 2 Cardiff. I went for the lunchtime menu. I took my 6 month old daughter too. She was well catered for there is a separate mother and baby room which can only be accessed by asking the staff for a key so it is always clean and tidy. They also have several highchairs available as well as a childrens menu should you need one. The lunchtime menu has a good selection of courses. My partner and I always order 2 different starters and share so we chose Jack Daniel's chicken which is little strips of chicken coated in breadcrumbs and sesame seeds finally glazed with Jack Daniel's sauce and served with a salad, and we also ordered boneless wings which consists of chicken coated in Frank's Red Hot sauce with a pot of blue cheese and crunchy celery sticks. The restaurant was fairly busy our starter took about 10 minutes to arrive. The starters are also a decent size too. For our main course we both had a New York Strip, this consists of an 8oz sirloin steak served with a choice of jacket potato, chips or cheesy mash and seasoned vegetables. You also get the choice of a sauce you can have Jack Daniel's, peppercorn or blue cheese. I love the steak in TGI's you always get a really good cut of meat with hardly any fat, I hate cutting fat off so this is great for me. I chose the cheesy mash to go with mine which also contains little spring onions, the vegetables on the side were peppers, courgettes and brocolli. The main course was again a decent size and really filling. The food came almost as we finished our starter. The steaks were cooked really well, I had mine well done and my partner had his medium rare. To drink we just chose coke which is great as you get unlimited refills. The staff were attentive and as soon as my drink was running low they were asking if they could bring a top up. We really enjoyed our food the bill came to just short of £30 this was because we upgraded the main courses.
If you order from the main menu you get a large selection of starters a lot you can upgrade for 2 people by paying a little more. The menu is laid out really well, you get a page of steaks a page of chicken and a page of burgers. Some items on the menu I have tried include Jack Daniel's chicken, chicken fingers, various burgers and fajita's. The fajita's are amazing you get a tower brought to the table with the wraps kept warm at the bottom a layer containing the meat (steak or chicken) and the top which contains salsa, guacamole and sour cream as well as grated cheese and salad. They also have a fantastic selection of American desserts like chocolate fudge cake, brownies and huge sundaes.
I love going to TGI's and would recommend it to those who haven't been. It can be pricey if you order from the full menu and include alcoholic drinks a family of four could easily spend around £100 so it is best kept for a treat in that case. If you go on your birthday you can register online and get a round of cocktails free for up to 8 people and they also sing happy birthday to you and bring out a cake free of charge.
5 out of 5 from me. I have always had a really nice time going to TGI's.
Tgi Friday's have popped up all over the country now and there are branches in most large cities. The brand used to stand for good quality American food that was worth paying a little more for. Now the food is more substandard but the prices have dropped to compete with other chain restaurants. The atmosphere remains the same though, the chain is known for its appearance, with red-striped canopies, brass railings, Tiffany lamps and frequent use of antiques as decor.
The best thing about Friday's is that the food is exactly the same whichever store you visit. I like the fact that when I get a craving for some of their special Jack Daniels sauce; I can pop into any TGI's and the menu is exactly the same. My latest visit took me to the Leeds TGI Friday's, it is not the best location for a night out though as it is about a ten minute walk from the city centre. I went there with a couple of friends and it was a Saturday, the place was heaving and everyone was in good spirits.
We had a drink at the bar before the meal as the table was not ready; not a problem though as we were looking forward to sitting at the bar and enjoying a good cocktail beforehand. The drinks menu was fairly extensive, but we got talking to the bartender who has his own 'drinks bible' in here there is every cocktail you can imagine and all the measurements to boot, needless to say the bartender guarded this book like it was the holy grail! The cocktails we had were fantastic and we did manage to make the bartender flair a few bottles; however he was no Tom Cruise!
We were saved by a rather efficient lady who attended to our every need. There were not as many staff working as you would imagine on a Saturday night and all the staff had the appearance of being rushed of their feet. Our waitress always had time for us though and kept the drinks flowing. It appeared that it was everyone's birthday on this Saturday night and we heard the 'Birthday song' about five times! It did get a little tiring after the second or third time, however when it was my friends turn, we hollered in excitement and enjoyed the free chocolate cake; now it was becoming more obvious why it was everyone's birthday. Free cake! To book your celebratory serenading; simply tell the door host on the way in and she will arrange it for you.
Food was delcious; the sides were not very hot but the ribs were out of this world. Smothered in delicious JD sauce and meat so soft it falls off the rib like butter. The other meals we had were a wicked Chicken; another signature TGI dish that was very delicious and the cajun cream sauce was very tasty. We shared the Jack Daniels Timeshare to start with; filled with potato skins, chicken wings and mozzerella planks. This went down a treat; even if the potato skins were a little greasy and had hardly any cheese in.
We did not have to wait for our food and despite the fact that it was not piping hot, it was very delicious and it was very filling.
The restaurant is child friendly but as it was busy Saturday night there was not as many children present as usual. There was the odd child dotted around, but these were kept amused with the coloring packs they are provided with and their balloon. TGI's is a great place for Children as the kids menu is great and they have great high chairs that allow the kids to be sat at the dinner table so they are included in the group rather than in some grotty old high chair with a built in table. There is plenty of clutter on the walls for the kids to look at, such as chopper bikes and old video game characters.
The bill was quite a lot and it worked out about £35.00 per person, we were drinking cocktails though and that included a decent tip. There is a two course menu that is reasonably priced and there are a large number of dishes on here, so if you want a cheaper meal then this would be a great option. If you are drinking soft drinks the sodas come on free refill so this makes it cheaper if you a coke guzzler.
It was a great atmosphere where guests and staff seemed to be having a good time. There was plenty of choice to eat and the food was tasty. We left the restaurant feeling satisfied and well looked after and will definitely return. TGI's is a great place to start your night out from; it is fun and lively and gets you in the mood for some dancing!
I'd heard of TGI Friday's for years but we never seemed to have one that was easy to get to. Now we have and I'm so glad because after my first visit yesterday I'll be a regular customer!
The restaurant in Cardiff's shopping area is at the new St David's 2 centre and is situated inside the arcade with many other restaurants.
On arrival my daughter and I were told there was a 15 minute wait and were given a pager. We could either sit at the bar or on some sofas. The call came at 11 minutes and we were shown to a very nice table, a booth for 4. They have a good variety of table sizes, some in booths, some in the middle, with steps here and there, making it more friendly and less formal.
We were offered drinks while we looked at the menu and these came very quickly. As we hadn't been before it took a while to decide but the waitress could see and offered to come back. You could see she was making sure we didn't have to wait too long, but without hovering.
The menu has the usual meals you find in this kind of restaurant, steaks, ribs, burgers etc plus some interesting pasta and salad dishes. Most dishes seem to come with the Jack Daniels sauce or baste which is sweet but slightly spicy. Starters include mozerella sticks, loaded potato skins, shrimp etc and a few sharing platters. We chose the Mozerella sticks, loaded skins and burgers.
The Coca-cola and lemonade drinks are bottomless and were changed before we had to ask which I thought was great and a nice change from the norm.
At the end of the meal the bill was brought when dessert was declined and the waitress came back when she could see we were ready.
For 2 Starters, 2 mains and 2 bottomless drinks the bill came to £36.24. The food was hot and plenty of it, served with attentive staff in a great atmosphere.
I'm very glad we went.
American resturants are some of my favorite places to eat, and TGI Fridays is one of the best places ever!
I first went to one of these years ago for my birthday, and I fell in love with the place and have been many a time since, for all different types of occasions, including birthdays and just for the hell of it.
The atmosphere is always amazing whenever I go, with the staff being really happy and friendly, the music always being good, and the places just seems to buzz with energy. The few different branches I have been too always have been very clean and tidy, and tables seem to be cleaned up very soon after people have left or are done eating. I hate seeing dirty plates on peoples tables, so this is a nice thing to see being done.
The choice of food is amazing, with all different types of meals, there is bound to be something for everyone. From steaks, chicken and burgers to pastas, salads and fish dishes. Even the vegetarian menu is quite vast, and the prices are pretty reasonable too. There is a lot of starters, mains and desserts, so no matter what you fancy to eat, you will be able to find something nice, and there is a good choice of size meals too, so you don't have to order more than you feel you can eat. Also if there is something on a dish you don't want, you can substitute it with something else, no problems.
There is also a large drinks selection at TGI's, with a large choice of soft drinks, including sodas, coffee, juice and tea up to a massive range of beers and cocktails. I love the June Bug cocktail, which I first found in TGI and I love it so much. You can get their cocktails in huge fish bowl size glasses, or in normal glasses, so you can drink as much as you like lol.
There is perfect disabled access, and there is also high chairs and entertainment packs for the kids, so you know that they will be amused. They have have quite a huge selection of kids meals too, so you can be assured that the kids will have a good time and have a good meal too.
The toilets are always amazingly clean and hygenic, always well stocked when I have been in there.
I always enjoy the service at TGI's, and nothing can beat a nice meal out with friends and/or family at one of their restuarants, so get yourself down there and have some fun, I recommend booking a table though, as you may find it gets full quickly.
TGI Friday's is one of my all time favourite restaurants. It's an American style restaurant which you can either have a meal in or just go in there for drinks at the bar as they do loads of really yummy cocktails. The cocktail list is huge and you'll probably spend ages just deciding over which drink to go for before you even get onto the food menu. The Strawberry Shortcake cocktail is the best which is really creamy and thick but I have to be careful I don't drink too much or it will fill me up before my food gets to me!
From the menu you can order food like burgers, pasta, salads, steaks, and grilled sandwiches and every meal is huge and really filling. I always get a chicken meal in here as their chargrilled chicken breasts are always cooked perfectly and they always taste delicious. Their chips are also yummy as they have a slightly salty spicy flavour to them and they have the skin still attached at the tips.
The dessert menu isn't huge but the desserts that they do are all delicious especially the chocolate fudge cake which is so big I could never eat it by myself!
The staff in every TGI's I've been in are always brilliant. They're always happy and very smiley and they make sure they go out of their way to keep you happy. This is a great place to go for any celebrations like birthdays as they literally make a real song and dance over you. As soon as they find out it's your birthday they'll have you standing up on a chair with the whole restaurant looking at you while everyone sings happy birthday - it's so embarrassing but also loads of fun! Even the staff behind the bar are amazing as they are trained cocktail waiters and they make a big performance of making your cocktail by throwing the bottles up in the air and doing fancy things with the glasses.
This is one of my favourite restaurants and my definite favourite American style restaurant. For birthdays it's the best place to go and you'll definitely have a fab time.
I have not been to T G I Fridays since i was a young child so i was quite excited to return there for a friend's birthday party. The last time i went there was at least eight years ago. The restaurant's appearance has not changed over this time, however, the menu has. The prices have gone up and there are not a lot of vegetarian options avaliable. However, the dessert options have definitely improved. To be honest, overall i was not very impressed with my experience. When i ordered a coke it was flat but it took so long to arrive that i could not be bothered to complain.
Having paid just under £10 for a vege burger and chips i was expecting more than an frozen vege patty and cold fries that looked like they had seen better days. The atmosphere is not as friendly and fun as i remember it. However, although quite expensive, the chocolate brownie dessert is quite yummy!
Overall, i would say that perhaps this place is more appropriate for non-veges who have young children but to but honest i would rather spend a couple of more pounds and go to planet hollywood!