T.G.I.Friday’s is a name that we have loved through the years as a place where everyday is a Friday. They recently opened a brand new, multi-level store in Eastwood. The flagship store can seat upto a maximum of 250 people and is the only free standing store in the county. It boasts the new contemporary casual look that was rolled out by T.G.I.Friday’s in the USA showcasing an updated look that is more airy and inviting but still with the Americana look it is known for. The more things change, the more things stay the same like the good food and great service. I actually still remember going to the very first store beside the defunct Streetlife in Glorietta 4 way back when. (I guess this betrays how old I am)
Buffalo Wings (P295/6 pieces). I skipped this one after hearing comments about its spiciness. I did get a piece of celery and dipped it into the the blue cheese dressing on the side.The celery stick was thick and crunchy.
Ballpark Nachos (P495). A big plate of nachos smothered with cheese, salsa, pico de gallo and minced meat. The chips were crunchy although we found the cheese a bit lacking and asked to add some more.
Three For All (P695). A dish for those who can’t make up their minds, composed of Friday’s most famous appetizers, buffalo wings, fried mozzarella and Loaded Potato skins. There’s something for everyone here but I personally like the mozzarella and loaded potato skins, brings back lots of old memories.
Bacon Cheeseburger (P395). A whopper of a burger that should be a challenge for most people to finish, good thing we were sharing this. I felt the bacon could be crispier, but the beef patty really tasted meaty with no hint of extenders. The fries were seasoned as you can see from the pic, which contributed to its quick demise.
Spicy New Orleans (P535/to share). This is a dish I’ve never had at Friday’s before. The dish was forgettable, the only thing I remembered was that it was a bit spicy.
Chicken Fingers (P295). A dish for kids and adults alike, one of the dishes Lauren like at Friday’s together with the mini burgers. I liked dipping the chicken into the honey mustard dressing and of course there was more yummy seasoned fries on the side.
Sizzlin’ Combo Fajita (P585). A mix of chicken breasts and steak on a bed of onions and peppers, served with flour tortillas on the side. I had a bit of difficulty assembling the ingredients on the tortilla but finally got it down using the Peking duck technique.
On to dessert, I don’t usually have room anymore after the huge servings at Friday’s but the beauty of eating with a group is the ability to just sample to be able to taste more dishes.
Brownie Obsession (P295). A large, and I mean large piece of warm brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, caramel syrup, choco fudge and pecans. This dessert was good but I only managed a small piece.
Mocha Mud Pie (P285). Not too nice of a name for a wonderful dessert, I just love my ice cream, this time its coffee sandwiched between a chocolate crumb crust and frozen choco-almond mousse. I avoided getting the choco fudge and just scooped a little of the ice cream and mousse combo.
The new look is much brighter, eschewing the old dark brown pub look for the more clean white walls and brighter red seating. There are still memorabilia all along the establishment but they have been updated a few decades. On thing you won’t miss when you look up is the scull hung up on the wall, of course in red and white color way. Another interesting wall decor is this pic above, containing many different toys. Notice the empty frames, it seems some customers have appropriated some of the toys up on displays, maybe they should secure it more firmly to the wall or else they will find it expensive to keep replacing them,