Joondalup's newest kid on the block, TGI Fridays opened in late September of this year, and I can confirm that it lives up to the joyful, hearty all-American vibe that TGIF is famed for.
We dined there on Friday night (which seemed fitting!), and the Friday buzz was well and truly alive as the bar pumped out rounds of jazzy cocktails and plates of Moorish meals for their patrons.
We ordered an array of food to get a real taste of what TGIF had to offer. The menu is honestly massive, so if you are coming with a group of people who enjoy different foods, you'll be sure to find something to suit everyone. We started with the Mac and Cheese Loaded Potato Twisters to share, and good god was this a massive plate of salty, crispy, saucy goodness. Sat atop of a shallow puddle of delicious barbecue sauce was the thinly cut and fried potatoes, which were reminiscent of traditional potato crisps. Over the potatoes was a well-proportioned peak of fried bacon bits and cheesy macaroni cheese curls. It was so decadent and a perfect comfort food. This dish would easily work as an entrée for up to 4x people.
For our main meals, I got the Fresh Mex Nachos, and my partner went for the Texas Cowboy BBQ burger. The Texas Cowboy BBQ burger was a mammoth, two-hander of a burger. It pushed the limits of a human jaw to get every layer of goodness into your mouth, but gosh darn was it worth it. I had a few bites even though it was my partner's meal, you know, 'for the review', and TGIF really delivered a juicy, smokey, well-balanced burger. The burger was accompanied by a serve of shoestring fries and is a meal that would satisfy even the hungriest of bellies.
My plate of nachos brought me right back to being in the US a few years ago, where my friends and I enjoyed complimentary chips and salsa at every restaurant. It's my opinion that American nachos aren't to be compared to traditional Mexican cuisine, because they are their own hybrid of Mexican meets USA and should be appreciated as such. These nachos were drizzled with cheese sauce and had deliciously thick capsicum and corn kernels atop, with generous scoops of guacamole and sour. It was a lighter dish and left just enough room for dessert!
Whilst my partner sat back in a near-food coma, I opted to order a dessert to see if we could carry on the streak of tasty treats. I ordered the Apple Crisp, which was a combination of crumbled almonds and oats, spiced apples, a delicious caramel sauce and a perfect sphere of vanilla ice cream on top, served in a baby skillet. This dessert was an absolute winner, and a perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth without overdoing it.
Overall, our experience overall with food and service at TGI Fridays was wonderful. With the option of table service and contactless ordering and payment from your table, there are styles of both service and food to suit all manner of patrons.
There are food options for Vegetarians and Vegans alike (hello Vegan cheeseburger!) so if you are thinking about what you may like, pop on over to the TGI Fridays website to look over the menu.
TGI Fridays décor is well-appointed, keeping elements of a traditional American sports bar meets restaurant and modernised with plush booths, hints of greenery and a 360-degree bar. TGI Fridays captured the essence of classic American food and good old-fashioned customer service, and if you're in the neighbourhood (or even if you're not) you should head up to the new Joondalup venue and see what all the fuss is about! You won't regret it.