16 Oct TGI Fridays, South Yarra
21 years ago, TGI Fridays, the international casual dining giant, had its beginnings in Australia at the Jam Factory on Chapel Street. It’s been over a decade since I last came to TGIs, and there’ve been many new dishes added to their repertoire.
Loaded Potato Skins are filled with melted cheddar and bacon. Oily, cheesy, carby goodness. Spicy and tangy Buffalo Wings are served with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing. The Ahi Tuna Avocado Crisps have slices of blackened Ahi tuna on on tortilla chips, with fresh house-made guacamole, jalapeños and sriracha, then drizzled with a cucumber wasabi sauce. The firm slices of tuna are cooked nicely, but tortilla chips are almost fridge-cold, giving the dish an odd sensation as a whole.
We share a Jack Daniel’s Rib, Steak and Shrimp Platter, which comes with a half rack of pork ribs, 180gm char-grilled sirloin with Cajun seasoning, battered prawns, onion rings, vegetables and fries. The Jack Daniel’s marinade is flavoursome and the meats are tender. It’s perfect for sharing and variety.
The American menu at TGI’s is pricey, though the tasty small bites may satisfy. Be sure to order those potato skins.
TGI Friday’s features in the 2016/2017 Entertainment Book. You can also take advantage of their complimentary main offer by buying a membership. 20% of every membership sold through this link will contribute to fighting child poverty with Compassion Australia.
Disclaimer: I was invited to TGI Friday’s as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own and are based on my experience at the time
The Jam Factory
500 Chapel St
South Yarra, VIC, 3141
03 9826 5088