TGI Friday’s in Eastwood City Walk
Budget : ~Php400-1,500 per dish
Duration : ~1-2 hours
Bummers : food is good but really pricey..
Nomnom Rating : 4/5
Looking for an American casual dining resto in Eastwood, look no further because the old spot of Il Pirata is now TGI Friday’s. TGI Friday’s or simply Friday’s to many has opened around October 2011 and it has been one of my favorite go-to restos for their burgers and their fall off the bone pork adobo.
TGI Friday’s in Eastwood looks no different compared to other Friday’s that I have seen or been too. It is designed with red striped canopies and surrounded with Tiffany lights. It is also decorated with various American memorabilia that transports you in a different place – it’s like you’re in an actual diner in the US.
The astronaut is a popular decor you can see in many Friday’s. The astronaut decor in Friday’s Eastwood is a bit small. The one in Friday’s The Fort is bigger, it’s life-size.
A bit of a trivia, contrary to what most of us know, TGI Friday’s stands for “Thank Goodness It’s Friday” instead of Thank God It’s Friday.
Dining in Friday’s is comfy. You can choose to be seated on a booth or by the bar. There is also a bigger table set-up for larger groups. There is also a smoking area at the second floor of the resto.
I have known Friday’s not only for the food but also for its alcoholic beverages. So the first time I was in Friday’s Eastwood, I got one their specialty drinks – the Classic Mojito (Php195). This classic Cuban cocktail was refreshing with a kick. I love the addition of mint leaves on the mojito. It gave a cooling sensation on the tongue, lips, and throat when I drank it. If one glass isn’t enough, I think Friday’s have bottomless mojitos. Bottoms up!
Well, my non-alcoholic drinking friend tried the Strawberry Shake. I think it was the drink of the day that day. It was also refreshing but I wanted something that gives a smooth finish.
Many people love Fridays because it is the end of the week but I love Fridays because of its Friday’s Pork Adobo (Php385). It’s a modern approach to a classic Filipino dish. I could compare it to a perfectly cooked BBQ ribs. The meat is slow-cooked for a long time which makes it soft and tender, and it falls off the bone. Due to slow cooking, all the spices and seasonings infuse to the meat making it very tasty. The Friday’s Pork Adobo is served with white rice and corn kernels.
The Mushroom Chicken and Mushroom (Php505) is redundant in name and redundant in goodness. I love the combination of mushroom and mozzarella cheese topped on the deep fried chicken. It is served with white rice and corn kernels.
I am a big fan of fish dishes so I also tried their Seabass Vera Cruz (Php545). I think the seabass is steamed. The sauce is a combination of tomatoes, green and red bell peppers, and capers. I am not very amused with it, nothing so different given it’s pricey price.
Oh.. Bacon Cheeseburger (Php395). I bet I can’t even finish one on my own. Too big and goooood! Bacon, cheese, and a giant patty – that says it all. Served with fries on the side.
We also tried one of their pastas, the Garlic Chicken Primavera (Php455). It’ s slices of chicken breast sauteed in garlic and served over fettuccine. The pasta is tossed with bell pepper and spring onion. It’s creamy and it can be shared.
I have availed of The Bistro Circle card before and got a coupon for free Friday’s Ball Park Nachos. It costs Php495. It’s a great-tasting appetizer. I love the cheese sauce.
As a bonus, the crew dances when music is turned up.
For me, Friday’s is an awesome place to celebrate. If you have cash to splurge, this is a great resto to go to.
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