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TGI Friday's (Glasgow)
Member Name: angelboouk
TGI Friday's (Glasgow)
Date: 15/01/12, updated on 15/01/12 (96 review reads)
Advantages: friendly, food choice, quality of food, layout
Disadvantages: toilets downstairs, expensive
TGI Fridays is an American themed restaurant founded in 1965. There are many TGI restaurants within the UK and they are currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of their first UK restaurant.
Location and Layout...
There are two TGI restaurants in Glasgow. I will be basing my review on our visit to the City Centre restaurant on a Sunday afternoon.
TGI Fridays is conveniently located on the busy Buchannan Street within Glasgow City Centre. The entrance is at the corner of an old looking building and features a waiting area and replica motor bike display. This restaurant is a stones throw away from the main shopping area of Glasgow and is nearby Central Station, bus stops and also the Subway - it is very easy to reach.
Inside, the restaurant is set across various levels. The seating includes stools, booths and regular tables to accommodate all sized parties. We were seated at a booth designed for 4 people and found there to be sufficient space to be able to spread out. The bar area is on a raised level in the centre and you can sit here to drink. The restaurant is easy to move around and prams can be stored (high chairs are provided on request). There isn't very much natural (or artificial) lighting unless you are placed at a window table which we were.
The restaurant is decorated with some unusual objects including large, fake sharks, a terminator like statue and ten pin bowling objects. The toilets are located downstairs and the toilets were spacious, clean and easy to find once you reach the large lobby. I didn't notice disabled toilets or baby changing as they weren't required by us. A wheelchair user would have no issues in navigating the restaurant. The ambience in the restaurant is very diner like and quite loud but not deafening - they did have Sky Sports on the television and some music but nothing intrusive.
The full address for this restaurant is 113 Buchannan Street, Glasgow, G1 3HF. If you would like to contact them then you can on 0141 221 6996. The restaurant is open 11.30am - 10.30pm each day.
Service With A Smile...
When we dined here, there were plenty of staff available. We arrived at a peak time but were seated right away. The restaurant is family friendly and the staff are happy to heat up bottles etc - I noticed this as the table near by had twin babies at it. My son was welcomed with a smile and received a little pack of pencils and books and a balloon so definintly family friendly. Tables are cleaned and cutlery replaced as soon as the previous diners have left and plates are cleared quickly.
We were served my a lovely lady called Mary who was friendly and efficient. The staff wear pin badges on a strap which show their commitment and service to the restaurant - very Disney like! The staff aren't pushy and gave us enough time to allow us to decide what we wanted. Drinks were served within minutes, starters after 10 minutes (and ours sons meal), mains after 25minutes and desserts soon after requested. As soon as our glasses were looking empty, we were replenished with a fresh glass without needing to ask for one which I found excellent.
The restaurant accepts cash and card - I paid by debit card and this was done on a device at the table.
Food and Drink...
We were dining here as a treat and found the choice to be excellent. The food is of course a bit more expensive than other chains such as Wetherspoons but you are paying for service and quality. If you wish to view the full menu, you can download it from www.tgifridays.co.uk. We were provided with the main menu and a childrens menu. The main menu is split into different types of dishes and everything is clearly detailed and priced. Vegetarian options are also clearly marked.
The starters are quite varied and there are individual and sharer portions available. Starters start from around £3.99 up to £14.99. Options include chicken wings in various sauces, mozzarella dippers and loaded potato skins with various fillings. Sharing platters include nachos and various platters of chicken type bits for up to 4 people. The above dishes are suitable for vegetarians.
Despite there being so many starter options, I was too excited about having my main course! My fiance was determined to have a starter and went for Mushroom Alfreddo. He received a big bowl of full mushrooms in a cheese and herb sauce. He also received two bits of garlic bread. I don't like mushrooms but he commented on how delicious they were. I did sneak a bit of garlic bread which was cooked to perfection. The sauce in this dish was thick and creamy and had a lovely flavouring which was perfect for dipping the garlic bread in to!
There are so many main course options to choose from. The menu is split into different sections including fajitas, chicken, wraps, pasta, burgers and steaks. There is a lot of emphasis on meaty dishes but there are still a few options for vegetarians and some dishes could be altered to suit a vegetarian. Prices vary but are far from cheap. The burgers are priced from £10 and fajitas are from £12.00. The steak options include 'surf and turf' platters as well as standard steaks from £14ish up to £20. Various rack of ribs dishes were available. Sides can also be ordered including cheesy mash, chips and vegetables for £2ish.
My fiance opted for the 'Double Stack Cheeseburger' which he very much enjoyed but couldn't finish after his big starter so I got to try it. The plate was full to the brim and included two thick and juicy burgers with cheese, pickle and tomato, 2 large onion rings and a good sized portion of fries. Very flavoursome without needing to add sauce and extremely filling. Burgers and wraps appeared to me favourites with many diners.
I normally opt for whatever is cheapest on the menu but since we were treating ourselves, I ordered a steak. I believe my steak was a 8oz rib eye and I ordered it medium-well done as I hate seeing pink bits of meat! I was provided with a proper steak knife and was happy with the huge portion I was given. When ordering a steak, you are given the choice of 2 sides and 1 sauce. Sides include cheesy mash, chips, spicy rice and 2 other options. Sauces include a buttery sauce, peppercorn, Jack Daniels and another option which I can't quite remember.
My steak was absolutely delicious and cooked just the way I wanted it. It was quite big, thick and so tender in the mouth. It was full of flavour and wasn't fatty. The fries were lovely and crisp but fluffy inside and some still had their skins on. They were slightly salted which added extra flavour. I opted for some Cajun spicy rice as my 2nd side and it was about the same amount as you get in a bag of Uncle Bens rice - very flavoursome and easy to eat. For my sauce I went for Jack Daniels sauce which was presented in a small dish and had a runny consistency. It was delicious and very smokey. I only need a drop across my steak and sides to add extra flavour. I was very satisfied with my steak and for £16.99, I should have been!
The childrens menu was also quite varied.and offered smaller portions for small diners or larger portions for older children. There is the option of fish 'pirates', pasta, burgers and chicken strips. Dishes are served with fries and you can have a side of carrot, apple and cucumber sticks or beans. My son had a meal from the smaller menu which cost £2.99 and consistented of 4 big chicken strips and plenty of chips. The portion was really big and my son couldn't eat it all but excellent value for money. The chicken was lovely.
Desserts and Drinks...
The desserts section was very tempting with treats such as Apple Waffle, Mocha Mud Pie and brownies. Desserts were priced at around £4.99 (or £6.99 for a sharing sized portion). I had decided that I wanted a sundae type dessert which was presented in a tall glass. My sundae had lots of vanilla ice cream, toffee sauce, toffee popcorn and brownies. Oh my...heaven in a tall glass! This was quite an unusual dessert especially with the addition of popcorn but they didn't skimp on anything. It was delicious and the brownie pieces were still warm and deliciously chewy. My son had ice cream which was presented in a glass cup.
The drinks on offer at TGI Fridays and there is something for everyone. I believe this is a popular place to drink in the evening and the drinks have their very own menu. TGI specialise in cocktails and they have every kind including vodka, whiskey and tequila based cocktails. They also do frozen cocktails for around £5.00. Non alcoholic cocktails and ice cream cocktails are available. They offer wine and beers including 660ml bottles of Budweiser. Prices are about average for this sort of restaurant. I plan on returning without my son for cocktails sometime soon as they all look so good!
Anyway we opted for a glass of Coca-Cola each. The good thing about the glasses of Cola is that you can have as many refills as you want for a set price of £2.39 - we ended up having 5 glasses between us so got our monies worth. Our son had a Capri Sun but they had milkshakes and smoothies available.
In total we spent £50 by dining at TGI Fridays in Glasgow - 1 starter, 2 main courses, 1 childrens meal, 1 dessert, 2 bottomless drinks and a kids drink. Not cheap but we were so stuffed we couldn't eat anything big for dinner! I was impressed with the food and service so was happy to pay that little bit more and I felt that we got our monies worth from our filling and flavoursome meals. We couldn't afford to dine he regularly but as a treat, it is perfect and ideal for a bite to eat whilst out shopping.
Overall 4/5 and we will return soon!
Thanks for reading x
Summary: we will return!