They say it's always Friday at TGI Friday's — and stepping into that chilled out, upbeat resto does make you forget the hustle and bustle of your work week.
We felt our cholesterol levels rising just looking at the menu, so we decided to indulge nicely and skipped right over the fresh fruit juices and healthy stuff.
The staff are really friendly. Mains took just over 20 minutes to arrive, so the food came to the table a bit (uncharacteristically) late, by which time we'd gotten past most of our hunger.
We'd also gone through the starters (Fried Mozzarella, at Rs. 630) by then. We'd ordered it within seconds of noticing it on the menu, only to be disappointed because it didn't live up to our cheesy expectations and was more akin to cheese toast.
I went for a steak for my main, and the waitstaff did remember to ask how I'd like it prepared and delivered it perfectly done. My Peppercorn Steak (medium rare, Rs. 3,300) arrived about half an hour later, with the Assorted Grill (Rs. 2,310) which Dili ordered.
The steak was almost perfect, prepared just right, intensely flavoursome and juicy (but alas, lacking the heat of peppercorn). It came topped with bits of fried onion on top that tasted like Tipi Tip (win!).
What wasn't cool was how tough it was to cut through — there were a few sinewy bits that just wouldn't let me get to the meat. I was exhausted by the end of it, but it tasted really good so no regrets, really.
The Assorted Grill was pretty huge and enough for two (props to Dili for knocking it all down on his own!), and had chicken, pork, and beef, both sausages, patties, and as the meat itself (in the case of chicken).
It came with a side of fries, some sweet soya sauce mixed concoction, and rather strangely, a subpar coleslaw. Dili loved the JD ribs, it was sweet, tangy and very flavourful. "It was the best part, and also the smallest part of the platter," he said sadly. The sausages were regular ones similar to stuff you could buy at a store, so there's nothing really special about it.
Regardless, we were both in a near-comatose state by the end of it. But duty calls, so we had to try one of their drinks and desserts as well.
With that in mind, we ordered the lightest we could for treats, a Strawberry Lemonade (Rs. 485), and a New York Cheesecake. The strawberry drink was tangy, fizzy, and light. Just like what a strawberry lemonade should taste like, and the acidity of it helped cut through all the fat we'd eaten.
Meanwhile, the cheesecake was one of the BEST we've had: intensely intensely cheesy, with a slight caramel undertone to it, and quite a generous piece. It was also the most expensive we've had, at 1,080 bucks a portion. Whoa.
This hasn't changed much from what it was before. We were there on a weekday afternoon and they had a steady flow of customers regardless, which is pretty impressive. For some reason, the wood panelled floors kept vibrating and caused our chairs to tremble frequently, which was interesting but a bit disconcerting as well. What made them tremble so? How did they tremble so? So many questions.
Their Jack Daniels Ribs holds a special place in all the non-halal Yamuite's hearts, but their beef steaks hold a place in mine. This can be taken literally if you convert this into units of cholesterol. Regardless of our love for meat though, our total came up to just a few hundreds short of 10,000 bucks which is A LOT. We'd ordered only two mains and shared everything else, and this isn't fine dining either. Would recommend it for just the mains, because the meats are pretty darn good.
Easy, quick, international dining.
It's always Friday at TGI Friday's. Or so they proclaim.
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.
We were excited to hear about this restaurant opening, but we're sad to report that it simply doesn't live up to the hype and pricing, not yet. Can you go and have a good time with friends? Yes. It's a beautiful location and if you don't expect too much you won't be disappointed. If you're expecting an international quality franchise, however, this just isn't it.
සිංහල මෙතන හැමදාම සිකුරාදාලු. කෑමත් ඒ වගේද? පොඩ්ඩක් බලමු.
සිංහල TGI ෆ්රයිඩේ’ස් කියන්නේ කොළඹ 1ට අලුතින් ආව ෆ්රැන්චයිස් එකක්. ඒක පිහිටලා තියෙන්නේ කදිම ඉඩක වුණත් සාමාන්ය මට්ටමේ කෑමයි, අදක්ෂ සේවාවයි, ඉහළ මිල ගනනුයි නිසා එතන ආකර්ෂණය අඩු වෙලයි තියෙන්නේ.
It's next to Dutch Hospital and across from the World Trade Center. Continue on Galle Road till it basically ends and head towards the largest buildings. You can also access from York Street via Slave Island. There's a parking lot round back.
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