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Nom Nom - My favourite eating spot!!
Member Name: vickijohn2012
Advantages: Good food and great service
Disadvantages: Sometimes quite busy
I first went to TGI Fridays a year ago in April for my birthday, this one was in Edinburgh, it is located on castle street, just at the far end of princes street opposite the castle. The Edinburgh TGI Fridays has a large bar as soon as you walk in, this I feel makes the place as there is a constant team behind the bar, just there solely for drinks so your waitress isn't running around like a headless chicken. In Edinburgh because of how busy it was we were given a small device that flashes once a table has become available, we did not have to wait long at all. The waitresses were fast and friendly and got us seated promptly at a clean table, I did however feel it was very close to the surrounding people, which when I am eating, I do not like.
The décor and atmosphere is very American styled and it suits the restaurant well, they are always very clean and very well presented. The paintings on the wall are good to look at, and very interested and they are all music and film themed, American of course. This is a running theme and everything ties in very well together.
One thing I will say is that the Edinburgh restaurant does not have parking and I would recommend parking on nearby Geoge street as it is just a small walk away.
The other TGI's restaurant that I visit, this on a more frequent basis is the one opposite Meadowhall in Sheffield, Tinsley I think it is called. We love TGI's so much myself and my partner drive 40 miles, there and back from Scunthorpe to eat here on a regular basis when we can afford it. This TGI's is a lot bigger, the bar is based at the back of the restaurant with all the seating as you walk through the door, to your right there is small booths and tables for bigger parties, and to your left there are tables and another row of booths. The booths to me are the best as they give you a lot more privacy, although you can see over the glass, but not enough for your privacy to be invaded.
As soon as you walk in your a greeted by who will be your server, they then take you with a menu to your table and ask you if you would like a drink, I generally have the oreo milkshake, as oreos are my favourite biscuit, this however does not last long and I usually follow it up with a diet coke for expense sake. The drinks list is extensive with a large range of cocktails, which can include a various range of spirits such as vodka, rum etc. They also do cold non alcoholic drinks such as milkshakes, soft drinks, slushes, still fruit juices, this I feel is a good choice as not everyone wishes to have an alcoholic drink with their meal, for the men they also have a good range of lagers to choose from.
I feel that the menu has a good choice and selection, mostly as an American theme, their menu is based on wings, potato skins, calamari, the wings are the best and are in a jack daniels BBQ glaze which is just devine, this is what I usually get for my starter when we go. They also do prawn cocktail, wedge salads, three different types of wings, mozzarella dippers which are beautiful, they do a sharing platter which we have got before which includes potato skins, jack daniels wings, mozzarella dippers, celery sticks and three dips. You can also get something called a jack daniels tower which is chicken, ribs and shrimp all smothered in jack daniels glaze, they also do nachos, both chicken fajita and cheesy nachos. A couple of there starters also take on an Italian theme for instance bruschetta and a mushroom alfredo, neither of these I have tried but going by the standards I have experienced they would taste good.
Now we come to the mains, they do a various range of grill combos, steaks, ribs, chicken and seafood, these all come under a section called Fresh From The Grill!! The combos mostly contain shrimp, ribs, steak or chicken, a combo of any of the three. The steaks are what I go for, mostly a sirloin with a peppercorn and bourbon sauce, which I must say tastes beautiful. On the ribs you can choose from a beer BBQ glaze, a jack daniels glaze, hope you like alcohol!! If you don't fancy meat they also have a salmon which is marinated in the jack daniels glaze and chargrilled. With the steaks you are able to choose two steak sides and a steak sauce, included in the price, you can choose from potato skins, cheesy mash, fries, wedge salad, vegetables, Cajun spiced rice, and the sauces you can choose from peppercorn and bourbon ( my absolute favourite), jack daniels and wild mushroom. I feel this is a very good value for money option, even though the steaks are expensive, you get what you pay for.
On the menu there is also a choice of burgers, which are called juicy, the meat is lovely so I am not surprised, it is very succulent and well seasoned. You can choose from the classic American, the monster, the inferno and the jack daniels. They also do Aberdeen angus burgers called the smokehouse and the black and blue, both of which I have never tried. I have attempted the monster burger but could not do it, it was too big, it had lots of onion rings, cheese and salad, it was very hard to finish the whole burger but it was very delicious. They also do three burgers which they claim are for the adventurous, they do a French Canadian which has toppings of maple syrup and bacon; they do the Texan wild boar, which is a wild boar burger with apple wedges and a Dijon mustard, this personally does not appeal to me at all. The third adventurous burger is called the, Kickin' veggie burger, this is a mix of adzuki and kidney beans with Colby cheese and mayo in a bun. Again not for me, im a carnivore! Lol. On this page is also two ciabattas, chicken finger BLT and the Cajun Chicken, I have had the chicken finger BLT and it reminded me of a Chicken royale from burger king but of a lot better quality, definitely worth the money.
They also do fajitas, which I have had the chicken fajitas, which come out on a wooden tray and a wrap warmer, it is very well presented and still sizzling as they reach the table, very well cooked and very tasty. They do quesadillas, which I have never had but have seen and they look nicely toasted and very tasty. They do pastas, again touching on the Italian theme, along with chicken and shrimp, as well as salads, but really who goes out for a salad, come on!!
They also do various American desserts such as a mocha mud pie, Tennessee toffee pie, cookie dough cheesecake, chocolate cake fixation and apple waffle crunch, as well as the old American classic of ice cream sundaes. I have never had a dessert at TGI's as I am always stuffed after my excellently cooked main meal. TGI's also do two midweek courses called Downtown and Uptown, which is £9.99 and £14.99 for two courses respectively, which I feel is a very good deal for the quality of food you receive, these are only available Monday to Thursday all day.
I have always received fast and excellent service at the TGI restaurants I have been too and I always leave a tip, the staff are always clean and well dressed and very polite, I am always happy to eat here and always enjoy myself, both restaurants I have mentioned here, Edinburgh and Sheffield Tinsley are great restaurants and you will receive great service, I very highly recommend them.
Great food, Great Service, Great Atmosphere.
Summary: Impressed by service and food everytime I have been