TGI Friday’s.

After the first miserable experience at TGI Friday’s, we decided to give the restaurant another go. Given some time to train up and settle down, it’s actually doing pretty well.

Food & Drinks

The drinks menu was extensive, with a good range of cocktails. They had a whole range of Cargills brews on tap – 3 coins, Sando, Power etc but we decided to test their mixed drinks. The regular mojito at Rs. 350 was suspiciously large and had a fair proportion of alcohol. The Long Island Ice tea at Rs. 690 was also large and tasty albeit a tad weaker. I’m fairly confused as to how an international franchise offers such large cocktails for so cheap when any mid range to upscale restaurant/ bar in Colombo charges Rs. 700 upwards for much smaller volumes. So that’s a 10/10 for the drinks.

On the other hand, the food was frankly exorbitant. Sure, the portions were massive but each poultry main was Rs. 1500 upwards, and meat mains were Rs. 2500 upwards. That means you’re looking at a minimum of about Rs 5000 for a meal for two which is ridiculous for anything but fine dining in Colombo.

We ordered a Jack Daniels Ribs at Rs. 2500 and a sirloin steak with wild mushroom sauce and cheddar cheese mashed potatoes at Rs. 2500. Any fellow House of Cards fan in Colombo will attest to the craving for good ribs and the difficulty of finding them in town. The Jack Daniels ribs were perfectly done, and incredibly tasty. Not spicy enough for a Sri Lankan palate but had great flavor and the smoked JD sauce was delicious. It came with some oily fat fries that really just paled in comparison to the meat and we ended up ignoring.

The steak was alright, a sort of straightforward flavouring and done exactly according to my specifications (medium well done) but nothing to write home about. At Rs. 2500 plus taxes, “alright” is not really acceptable though.

Service & Ambience

In comparison to our last review, service was great. They were a little slow, but the restaurant was packed so I think they did very well given how busy they were. The staff was competent, quick, and friendly and (thankfully) knew their way around the menu. There was a table next to us with a bunch of preteens celebrating a birthday and the waiters milled over en masse with a free sundae and sang a dorkily adorable TGIFs birthday song which embarrassed the girl to no end. Pretty amusing and sweet and really hammered in the diner ambience.

It’s commendable that despite their initial teething issues, the place was completely full on a Saturday evening and we had to sit at the bar (which was actually turned out to be a lot more fun than a table). The crowd itself was very varied, and seemed to have a motley crew of families with kids, groups of friends, guys out for a drink and tourists. So they seem to be doing really well for now, which is great to see.

Conclusion

There’s been a massive improvement in service and food. Kudos to the restaurant for really working with all the criticism they got and fixing their glitches. The drinks prices are brilliant but the food is still way too expensive for a mid-range “casual dining” franchise.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Highlights.

Latest.

KAMU.

Arabia’s Oasis of Flavours – Cinnamon Red

Cinnamon Red Colombo’s top tier fine dining Flavored restaurant has introduced an incredible range of

Highlights Kamu

The weekend Lunch Buffet at Movenpick

Movenpick boasts of its location in the heart of Colombo, its 219 spacious, luxury hotel

Highlights Kamu

High tea with a stunner view at Cinnamon Red

Shamrina Carim An eclectic delicious high tea platter awaits you all 7 days from 3

Kamu

A warm breakfast at Hilton Colombo

Graze Kitchen being called out one of the finest and elite restaurants in Colombo, makes

Highlights Kamu

Cinnamon Red introduces a Vegetarian/Vegan Buffet

Cinnamon Red, one of the most popular hotels in Colombo introduces a fully Vegetarian/Vegan Buffet.

Highlights Kamu

Ramada High Tea buffet – 2023

High Teas are quite the “Fash-un” these days, and we are stepping into a trendy

Kamu

Trending.

5 Spots to experience an Iftar Buffet – 2023

The holy month of Ramadan is approaching in a few days. It’s that festive time

Highlights Trending

Ramada Colombo Celebrates 49 Remarkable Years of Exclusive World-Class Hospitality

The iconic star-class luxury hotel, Ramada Colombo, is owned by the American multinational-World’s largest hotel

Trending

Let Her Shine on 8th March at Ramada Colombo.

Celebrate Women’s Day with entertaining evenings, pampered stays, special giveaways, and great dining offers. Show

Trending

Quickee- not just another Online Store

Whether you are a busy, working parent or an individual who balances many things during

Highlights Trending

Savour a Plant-Based Feast Every Full Moon at Cinnamon Red Colombo

Colombo, Monday 27th February 2023: Many are the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. Historically

Trending

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Fcode Labs

Sri Lanka’s technology industry has witnessed significant growth in recent years, positioning the country as

Highlights Trending

Yamu Guide.

6 Trusted Pet Food Brands you should know

For awhile, Petmart has established itself as the premier pet shop in Sri Lanka. It

Highlights Yamu Guide

6 Pet Essentials from Pet Mart

Coming home to a devoted friend is the best feeling in the world. A pet's

Highlights Yamu Guide

9 Places to eat Rice & Curry

By RR Yes, pizzas and burgers are amazing but truly nothing can beat a good

Highlights Yamu Guide

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Quickee this year!

It's easy to get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of life, where

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Places to Hike in 2023

Have you ever thought of arranging a travel bucket list to climb a mountain this

Highlights Yamu Guide

Yamu’s Top Restaurant Picks for 2023

New Year, New Reviews? Say “hell yeah”! We have sorted out a few restaurants that

Highlights Yamu Guide