Looking for a venue to host that special occasion with a gathering of friends and/or family? TGI Friday's offers a memorable experience that can be likened to Messy Joe's in IT Crowd and Ziggy Pig in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
TGI Friday's has a bar for those who are keen to get their drink on. While you wait for the rest of your entourage to arrive, or if you are only there for the nightlife, order yourself a refreshing beverage.
In addition to the beer and wine, there is a variety of cocktails to sample from margaritas to mojitos. The designated drivers and the folk who do not imbibe have the luxury of ordering soft drink that can be re-filled upon request.
If you intend to dine with a large group it is recommended to make prior reservations (03 9826 5088). TGI Friday's can provide highchairs and the kiddies get a colouring-in sheet and a packet of crayons.
It is important to emphasise that a meal at TGI Friday's is special for all of the right reasons. Service is excellent, the food is amazing and you will most likely spend the best part of an evening having a great time. If you intend to see a movie at the Jam Factory, though, it would be wise to see it before you dine at TGI Friday's as the restaurant is so popular it does get very busy.
Our table decided to skip appetisers because the mains are substantial in their own right. Food options across the entire menu range from Mexican to American to Italian (the franchise is American after all). Some of the appetisers include nachos, Buffalo wings and bruschetta.
The kids have a cute selection from chicken fingers to chicken fajitas and more.
The mains menu teases so many choices. The Jack Daniel's grill boasts steaks and ribs that are glazed with the signature Jack Daniel's sauces. Those ribs are surprisingly so succulent they melt in the mouth (arguably the best ribs in town). The sampler includes glazed sesame chicken strips, fried shrimp and, of course, ribs.
The 'Kickin Veggie Burger' was the best veggie burger ever. The vegetable patty was so crisp it was glorious (poor imitations elsewhere provide a bland pasty-soggy product). The burger plates also come with a side of chips.
Pasta is also top-notch at TGI Friday's. The 'Wild Mushroom Farfalle' is a dish mixed with shitake and button mushrooms and a garlic broth, which is delicious, light and full of flavour.
Next time we might attempt a cheese overload with the 'Tex Mex' offerings.
After the mains half of the group, myself included, were eager for dessert. When the TGI Friday's staff brought out the Birthday Girl's ice cream all other staff members on the floor were called to break out in song to celebrate the happy occasion. Other tables were encouraged to clap and join in too. The atmosphere was spectacular and set the mood to celebrate.
Our table enjoyed an irresistible slice of the 'New York Cheesecake'. Texture was soft and the taste was sweet enough. This option was perfect for those who were bloated after their mains.
The 'Blondie Fudge Crunch' was an epic challenge in itself. Cookie dough slathered in rich chocolate fudge with a scoop of ice cream on top. The serving was generous and worth every bite.
TGI Friday's is open Monday-Sunday, 11.30am to late. The restaurant is open every day (including public holidays) except for Christmas Day. Happy Hour: 4.30pm to 7pm, every day. Late Night Thursday from 9pm to 11pm.