You'll find TGI Fridays located in the busy Macquarie Shopping Centre. This is a great spot to have lunch or dinner after enjoying an hour or so of ice skating at the Macquarie Rink, which is also located in the centre. There are loads of amazing and varied cafes, restaurants and takeaway places at the Macquarie centre, and TGI Fridays is a definite must-try.
When you enter the restaurant you are greeted by cool air, friendly faces and at least 5 television screens tuned in to the sports channels with the volume off; this is after all, an American style eatery. Red, white and blue surrounds you, as well as all sorts of interesting Americana, from the statue of liberty draped in the flag to the bobble head American presidents lining the bar. This is a super fun place to eat because you really feel like you're eating at a USA diner. Kids will love the place and the menu caters to them too, so bring the whole family along.
Slide into one of their giant, comfy booths and spend some time browsing the extensive menu, starting with drinks. Believe it or not, TGI Fridays make killer cocktails. Everything they make is over-the-top excessive, and the drinks are no exception. Try the 'Pink Punk' (pictured). It is basically a fruity, vodka based martini poured out over a mountain of sugary fairy floss. The bartender comes to your table to pour it, too. This one is super sweet, but the cranberry juice gives it that acidic balance. Their 'Long Island Iced Tea' really lives up to its history of being a strong cocktail. They pour just about every spirit you can imagine into the biggest glass you've ever seen, they pack it with ice and lemon, and finally add a drizzle of iced tea. This drink will have you tipsy in a matter of minutes. In fact, you could easily share one. If you can't find your favourite cocktail on the menu, just ask the bartenders and they'll whip it up for you. Don't forget their alcoholic milkshakes either; the 'grasshopper pie' is incredible. They have a large beer and wine list too, so ask them which drink suits your meal best.
When it comes to the food, you really can't go wrong. This is not the place to be if you are on a diet. True to their American heritage, TGI Fridays serve up massive portions of everything. Price wise, it's not as cheap as America, but that is to be expected. A gigantic cheeseburger (pictured) will really satisfy your appetite. Highly recommended are the 'Potato Skins' (pictured). They are huge and come packed with cheese, so order 6 instead of 12. The Mac and Cheese balls are fun but not as tasty as you'd expect. For those wanting something a little less coronary-inducing, they do a delightful Caesar Salad and they have vegetarian options available too; try the delicious veggie burger.
The staff are really friendly and helpful in this place. Waiters write down your order and read it back to you so there's no risk of mistakes. They've got high chairs for little ones, and the facilities are always clean and easy to access. There are some pretty disappointing reviews of TGI Fridays on the internet, which is surprising; perhaps they've recently got on top of it all, because the food is great, the atmosphere is relaxed and fun and the service is 5 star.