TGI Fridays, Melbourne Central
TGIF has consistently warm service and a vibrant restaurant ambiance with the food usually ranging from pretty good to a bit more on the side of average. We had a bit of both on this occasion. Post-movie a friend and I headed upstairs to TGI Fridays, a place I had frequented a few times thanks to the lovely BOGOFs from the Entertainment Book.
The menu’s American and it’s a heap of pages so there’s bound to be something that catches your eye. Things a tad pricey across the board with my Chicken tenders and fries racking up $22. This was served with a BBQ and a honey mustard sauce, both being delectably tasty. I recall they used to do a lunchtime special around the $10 mark and the portioning wouldn’t have been too different. Anyway, the tenders are meaty and fried and great. The Jack Daniels sauce that appears in its own range of items in the menu is particularly delish. Fries are skin-on and crisp to the bite as well.
The second dish ordered was the Chicken Caesar Salad ($23) with cos lettuce, Caesar dressing, crispy bacon, herbed croutons and Parmesan. All the flavours were alright but the salad was overly dressed here and was a bit too leaf heavy even with the addition of chicken. I personally like some egg in a Caesar salad as well, wasn’t here in this iteration.
I do rate the burger offering and recommend that as a first go-to, and TGI Fridays makes for a good sitting option with a funky environment and a particularly handy location in the Melbourne Central store. The balcony serves as a fantastic people-watching vantage point, and it beats the noise and crowd levels next door at ABC.