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4/5

TGI Friday's

Bank Of Ceylon Mawatha, Colombo 1


It's always Friday in here.



Casual dining is an unrefined art in Colombo. If you want to eat well, you generally need to have pants and shoes on, but not at TGI Friday's! Their menu is varied yet concise, which I was grateful for. You'll get everything from ribs to pasta, with carefully curated choices for each section. Their main draw is still the Jack Daniels-slathered meat, whether it's steak, ribs, or chicken filet you're looking for. 

Dining

We've been a bit disappointed by their appetizers on previous visits (as recently as 2 weeks ago), so we decided to plunge right into the mains. We got a JD half rack of ribs (more than enough for one human) along with a classic Fish and Chips.

The Jack Daniels ribs were excellent albeit pricey at Rs. 1750 for a half rack. The full rack is a massive portion enough for a couple to share, in case that's your idea of romance. Accompanied by coleslaw and additional JD sauce, the flavours here are sweet and smokey, with a sticky glaze. With lots of meat, sauce, and flavour, this was an excellent dish. However, I ordered the exact same dish about 2 weeks ago and there was a lot less meat on the bones and what was there was quite tough, so watch out for consistency!

The Fish and Chips medium portion was absolutely delicious and reasonable at Rs. 630. This was honestly some of the best-executed F&C I've come across in a while. Crisp, crunchy batter lightly herbed and salted ensconced an unbelievably soft and flaky fish within. I don't know any local fish (as amazing as our seafood is) that replicates this same texture, and sure enough our waiter informed us it was a Vietnamese import, probably basa. I generally prefer eating local seafood, but this was delicious.

The Oreo Madness was a bit pricey at Rs. 650, but it was also absolutely massive. They were nice enough to cut it in half so my partner and I could share without too much mess, so what you're seeing above is just half the portion. This is a frozen dessert, a fairly straightforward confection of vanilla ice cream squished between two hard dark chocolate biscuits slathered in caramel and chocolate sauce. 

If you're looking for cheap and quick options, try their super value lunch specials which go for Rs. 600 nett from 11 AM to 3 PM on weekdays. You can choose from different rice options (nasi goreng, seafood, devilled chicken), Thai veg wrap or Cajun chicken sandwich plus unlimited coke.

Drinks

The drinks here are surprisingly reasonable. At about Rs. 270 for 300 ml of Lion Lager, Rs. 220 for a 30 ml of arrack, and an array of spirits on the menu, it's a good spot to head for a drink with friends. I tried their Pina Colada which was a superbly priced Rs. 560. Featuring a fresh pineapple slice, a tad too much coconut milk, a splash or so of white rum, this was a light and refreshing drink perfect for a sunny Fort afternoon. It was a little thinner than your average freshly-made PC, but I preferred it this way as it was a lot easier to drink.

Ambience

The ambience strictly adheres to franchise rules, so it's the same red plex-leather couches, red and white glass lamps, guitars and rock music posters that you'd find at any TGIF's anywhere in the world. What makes this location special, however, is the colonial building it's housed in. The upstairs area is generally closed, but if you head up there to use the bathroom you'll notice the sweeping wooden stairs with ornate brass embellishments, the wooden awnings, and the lovely old windows. 

Service

Our service here has usually been a bit of a hit or miss. During busy times like weekend afternoons and evenings, the waitstaff seems to be a bit overwhelmed and service can be spotty. However, on this last visit, everything from the initial greeting and being ushered to the table, to our meal service and bill was handled by the manager Sasi. He's easily one of the most efficient and knowledgeable staff members I've ever encountered in the city and our experience was seamless thanks to him. We saw lots of waiters just sort of lounging about, but this one person was scurrying about answering peoples questions, taking orders, and greeting people. Impressive!

Overall

If I were to rate TGIF based on just this experience, it would be a whopping 5 stars from me. Unfortunately, the consistency of their fare and service tends to waver during busier times, so we'll have to give them an overall 4. The food, especially the options we ordered this time around, was excellent, as was the waitstaff. Our total bill for 2 mains, a dessert, water, and a cocktail, came to about Rs. 4500 which isn't bad at all. We'd recommend you visit during less busy times, settle in with a beer, and prepare to get your hands nice and dirty.


TIP

Try the Jack Daniels Ribs if you have money to splurge and a hankering for good pork. Also, tell them its your birthday if you want a sing song and don't mind a bit of attention.
All Reviews

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.

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Address

Bank Of Ceylon Mawatha, Colombo 1

Directions

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.

Contacts

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Cuisine

Western American

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Steak Chicken

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
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User Reviews
B

1/5

bam_boo_sten

Quality of food has bottomed out, rubbery burger, limp salads, and overall zero taste. With international chains you expect there to be at least some sort of standard to abide by but clearly that is not the case here. Don't bother.

B

1/5

bam_boo_sten

Quality of food has bottomed out, rubbery burger, limp salads, and overall zero taste. With international chains you expect there to be at least some sort of standard to abide by but clearly that is not the case here. Don't bother.

R

2/5

Rishi Ratnayake

Went for lunch at TGIF on April 7th. The service was ok and the food was fine, however the Calomeri salad looked like it was made up of last week's lettuce !! Had to use the handicapped washroom since upstairs was closed for some reason. These short comings might have all been excused as a bad day if not for the fact they point blank refused to serve me normal water !! They only serve bottle water. I'm sure the consumer authority will be interested to know this fact. Best of luck !!

B

4/5

BaileyDar

Food is expensive but yummy. Even the vege burgers. Staff is friendly and we got free drinks. Their brownies are amazing.

S

1/5

Savithu

I have tried to go there several times last year, No seating space available all the time I went, and they just turn down the customer without even considering providing space upstairs (they have an upstairs which was empty)

C

1/5

chathu42

Service wasn't the best. We ordered a salad and in a split second requested a change and the guy there made a huge fuss. Customer flexibility was nil.

M

5/5

MsB\'merry

I'm fed up with the negativity of some of these reviews. I'll tell you truthfully….we go regularly to TGIFriday's. We love going to the quiz on Tuesday nights, very clever people in the teams, professors, lecturers, barristers, Doctors of medicine as well as PhD etc., and it's nice that more teams are coming along and joining in. The prizes are generous with a voucher for 10,000/- as 1st prize and 5,000/- 2nd place with 2,500/- for 3rd; you can use it on your next visit.
The drinks are very good value, as nobody has previously mentioned that they have a Happy 'Hour' which runs from 5.00pm until 9.00pm - buy one, get one free, that's very generous! The staff are all very pleasant and helpful, even after they had a setback where most of their early trained staff left to newly opened hotels and bars in Colombo, but that's the nature of the beast in the hospitality trade, it's very hard to keep good staff as they like to 'jump'.
The food is of excellent quality, with the meats all brought in from abroad so naturally you expect to pay more. I particularly think the 'Bites' menu is very good value. The '3 for all' is great to share with mates over a few drinks as well as the sesame coated chicken strips with JD sauce.
The quiz master, Ashan, has some amazing plans up his sleeve for making TGIF The place to go to for fun in the forth-coming months. During the World Cup they had superb offers and it all helped to make it worth going there. The manager is very helpful and keen to see his guests enjoying themselves.
You must remember, the Old Dutch hospital area has really been created as a 'tourist feature' and you will always find the eateries and bars in these kind of places will always be a bit more expensive than your khotu stalls and arrack bars. You pay for the ambience and style. it will be the same with the new Arcade at Independence Square and the restaurants.
Have no doubt that I have frequented TGIF's in the UK, USA, Beijing, Cairo, S'pore & KL on a regular basis and will have no problem bringing visiting guests to enjoy what is on offer at TGIF's Colombo! My words are…'Keep going, you're doing fine'!

T

1/5

Thiliniek

We ordered for prawns which was quiet expensive. Only what i got was few pieces of prawns and plate full of french fries. why would i want to pay so much for some french fries? the prices are ridiculous with the taxes and other charges…

O

4/5

oshan_6

went there on the 2nd of Feb. the food was great and so was service. will visit again.
we ordered JD chicken, JD ribs and carrot & orange juice.

D

1/5

davyc911

I like how this segued slightly to hack Cargills customer service. Their staff, esp. Managers, need more training.

D

5/5

dimitri

YAMU…i used to actually enjoy your reviews and look forward to hearing about new places…but you guys are quite the schizophrenics: Parttime HIPSTERS, Parttime GODAYAS!
lol…make up your mind boys.
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Having lived in California for over 8 year and gone to TGIF many times i can honestly say the local branch is good!!! Of course there is room for improvement, the wings were below average, but the steaks and the ribs were great!!! The service was better than most restaurants in lanka!!!
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i want to thank MICHELLE and another poster for attaching the AUS & UK menus with prices! Grow up YAMU……time to realize that not all things expensive and popular is overrated.

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