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Family friendly dining
TGI Friday's (Glasgow)
Member Name: xmum2threex
TGI Friday's (Glasgow)
Advantages: Great food, and service
Disadvantages: Little pricey compared to similar chains
We decided to dine at TGI Fridays as it is conveniently located in the centre of the shopping area in Glasgow. You can reserve a table for a small fee, but we find if we turn up generally you are able to be seated straight away anyway. The evenings are a lot busier, and there is sometimes a little wait, but we were able to sit at the bar while we waited so it wasn't too much of a problem. The restaurant is open from 10.30 am - 11.30 pm each day, and because of the location easily accessible from public transport. We did not need to park a car as we travelled by train, but there are a number of car parks nearby. Our visit was at lunch time on a Thursday, which was fairly busy.
There are a number of choices on the menu all American inspired; the menu is clearly laid out into different sections. There were vegetarian courses, but the main menu was all meat related. There are burgers, stakes, chicken strips, pizza and salads. Although there are a number of starters we decided on mains, and desert instead. The drinks menu is also very impressive; from soft drinks to cocktails they seem to have it all. You can choose to share main courses; however we choose separate meals despite choosing the same thing from the menu.
My son chose the pizza children's meal, there was a decent amount of choice for children which we were pleased about. He also had a fruit shoot for a drink, and this was replaced automatically once he had finished his first one. My son's meal was the first to arrive at the table. We were impressed with his meal; there were four large pieces of pizza cut into large fingers. You could see it was fresh, and it was warm to touch without being too hot. In the middle of the plate was a small dish which had peppers, carrots and apple all cut into to strips. I was surprised to find the first thing my son reached for was a piece of the pepper. He happily finished the contents of this bowl, and then moved on to his pizza. The pizza was lovely, with fresh cheese covering it nicely, and the peppers cut into large slices it looked really appealing. My son only ate two of the finger pieces, as this was more than enough for him so it would be perfect for older children too.
I choose the chicken fingers. It did take a while for us to choose, as I was just not sure what to have. It was served fairly quickly, and it looked great. I received around six chicken pieces, and a large serving of fries. I also received a small pot of tangy coleslaw, and a zingy mustard sauce to compliment the chicken. My friend decided that she didn't like any of the sauces, and requested a pot of mayonnaise which was brought to the table promptly. The chicken was perfectly cooked it was not too dry, and the breadcrumbs were perfect. Each chicken piece was rather large, and I had more than enough on my plate. I liked the chips; they were perfectly cooked managing to be crispy on the outside, without losing the potato on the inside. At first I was a little put off as some chips had the skin on them, but I found them to be delicious. The portion size was also perfect for the fries, not too much so that I would struggle to finish it, but perfect to fill anyone's appetite. The sauces complemented the chicken perfectly, and the chips were not overly salty. Everything was seasoned perfectly, and the chicken really was amazing, considering they are just pieces of chicken!
After finishing our food, we decided to order desserts. My sons choose the children's mud pie which he loved. A small silver bowl was delivered to our table with a large scoop of ice cream inside, a topping of chocolate sauce, and little snake sweeties on the top. My son is two so he found there was a little too much in the bowl for him, but he did enjoy the part he ate. It is fun, and very tasty finish to my son's food. He was very impressed especially with his activity book.
Hayley and I chose a pudding to share. We were split between two different desserts, but settled on the popcorn brownie sundae. It was presented in a large glass, and looked absolutely amazing. There were a number of popcorn pieces, brownie pieces, and chocolate sauce all mixed into one. It is an extremely sweet dish, with three of my favourite things mixed together we could not resist. The brownie pieces were still warm which just perfected this dessert perfectly. The glass was very large, and even with two of us trying to finish it we were unable too. We found all of the portion sizes to be generous enough. The menu choices start from anywhere between £9 up to around £20. It was all presented perfectly, and we found it to be very filling. It is a little more expensive than similar places, but the food is really nice for what it is. Both times I have been to this restaurant I have come away completely satisfied.
This for me was the best part of our visit; there is nothing at all I can fault them on. When we arrived we were instantly greeted by two members of staff, one went off to find us a high chair for my son, while the other showed us to our table. We were then left to get ourselves comfy, but a few minutes later our server came and introduced her to us. She was a lovely chatty lady who began making friends with my son straight away, asking if he would like an activity set, or a balloon to play with. She then took our drink orders, and gave us two adult menus with a child's menu to look at.
A few minutes later she arrived at our table with a goody bag for my son including an activity book and crayons. She also had a balloon for him which she tied at the side of the chair until he was finished eating. My son loved that she took the time to speak to him asking him his name etc, and the activity bag is great for passing the time while waiting for our meal. She also brought our drinks across instantly, and left us to decide to what to have. We found the food came out very quickly. Just 10 minutes after ordering the waitress brought my sons meal out. Then around five minutes later she brought our dishes out. We were given a chance when we ordered whether we would like my sons brought out as soon as it was ready, or for it to be held back to come out with our meals.
Anytime we needed anything all we needed to do is turn around, and we would find a member of staff. They seem to be everywhere which is great, as although we already had a server none of the other staff minded helping out. We were left to enjoy our meal, but we did find she kept passing by just to make sure we were ok. Once our main courses were eaten, she asked if we would like a dessert menu. We were provided with an adult menu each, and my son received a child's menu. Once we had ordered she was back within minutes with our dessert, and checked we still had refreshments.
We were seated at a table for four, which was very roomy meaning there was enough space for us to eat our dinner in. The restaurant was lovely, we found the pictures all around the restaurant, and the general feel of the restaurant was great. The staff gave it a fantastic atmosphere with their cheery smiles, and nothing was too much to ask. It was rather busy on a Thursday afternoon, but this in no way affected our experience. I was actually really impressed, although the restaurant was bust the staff never let it show at all. The food arrived quickly to the table, drinks were delivered just before we had finished our last, and we were always able to find a member of staff if we needed help. The music was a little loud, but not overly so it bothered my son. I have been here on the weekend with my partner, and the music is even louder in the evening, which was a little too much as I found myself shouting a little while talking.
Even when we visited in the evening, and it was absolutely packed out we received great service. We did have to wait for 10 minutes for a table, but we were able to get drinks at the bar while they kept us up to date. There is a lot of seating in the restaurant, but it is not too cramped, so that you feel like you are just fitted in. The toilets are located on the bottom floor of the building, which is always good to see as it separates it from the tables. We were placed next to the pathway to the stairs that lead down, but they have left enough space so that our table was not disturbed from the numerous people making their way to use the facilities. I found the toilets to be clean enough, which I always like to see anywhere I am eating.
We loved our second visit to TGI Glasgow, and would be very happy to visit again. We paid £41 for 2 adult main courses, a child's main course, a dessert to share, and my son's ice cream desert. We also received two drinks that were refilled for free every time we had nearly finished the previous one. We were really pleased with the food; although we went for a safe choice from the menu we found it to be very tasty. The portion sizes were perfects, the food enjoyable, but overall it is the staffs that really carry it. Even though the prices are a little more expensive from similar chains, the service provided is really worth the little extra.
Summary: Family friendlt dining located in Glasgow city centre