This was actually my first ever time at a TGI Fridays restaurant so I was looking forward to finding out what they had to offer. Service wise, everybody was incredibly polite, welcoming and helpful; there’s a good atmosphere at the Meadowhall branch, there were many satisfied customers and even a few Happy Birthday songs.
If you choose to eat from the Christmas Menu, you can get three courses for just £21.99, and any Christmas cocktails are £3.99. Obviously we had to make the most of this so we treated ourselves to a festive cocktail each.
On the right is The Grinch Who Drank Christmas, a seriously delicious cocktail based with white chocolate and mint liqueurs. I went for Santa’s Incredible Vanishing Beard, which is a mixture of Southern Comfort, Amaretto, cranberry and lime juices. You pour the drink into a martini glass filled with cotton candy and watch it disappear! I love fun cocktails like this, it added a bit of a ‘party’ element to the meal and I’d happily go along to TGI Fridays just to sample the Christmas cocktail menu alone.
For starter we shared Nachos, they were incredible and though they’re not meant to be a sharer, there was plenty of food for both of us. Something that TGI Fridays definitely does well is portion size – they’re huge!
My husband’s main was imaginative and mouth-watering: The Stuck In The Chimney Stack Burger is a beef burger and a chargrilled chicken breast smothered with Jack Daniel’s® glaze, topped with caramelised onions, Jack Daniel’s® sage & onion stuffing and cheese. Served with crispy fries, fried parsnips and rich Jack Daniel’s® gravy to pour over or dip your burger in! Again, the serving size was enormous so you really do get value for money.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite as enamored with my main, the Festive Roasted Vegetable Fajitas. Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with the dish, but it really didn’t wow me, and that’s what I was looking for in the Christmas menu. The fajitas were definitely missing something… I think it was cheese.
The Festive Roasted Vegetable Fajitas are the only main vegetarian option on the Christmas menu, so I think it’s probably best suited to a carnivore as there are lots of fab options for meat eaters. I do like to try vegetarian dishes when I’m out but I wish I’d chosen one of the meat options after being a little disappointed with this one.
Luckily, dessert was one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth. If you try just one thing at TGI Fridays, try the Chocolate Orange Popcorn Sundae.
Just look at that. Mmmm.
Overall I had a great experience at TGI Fridays, and for a budget restaurant the service was impeccable. The food was good, but it wasn’t amazing, though that is probably more down to my personal preferences and you cannot argue with the amount of food you get for the price.
The Christmas Menu is available now until 3rd January, so you have plenty of time left to check it out, and at 3 whole courses for just £21.99 you can’t go wrong!
*I was gifted a meal in exchange for an honest review*