14 New Dishes at T.G.I. Friday’s®
Believe it or not, I have always had great meals at T.G.I. Friday’s®! All those countless times of visits, they are filled with great and delicious food with portion size that battles most eateries here and service has been always with a smile. I have even celebrated few of my birthdays here and had lots of fun filled memories. There was even once when I had an upsetting encounter with another restaurant and thought my dinner with friends was ruin but was instantly cheered up when we moved our dinner venue to T.G.I. Friday’s®!
In the mid of June, T.G.I. Friday’s® launched a fresh new look for its menu with a special feature of fourteen new dishes in addition to the current classic favorites at every Friday’s outlet – nationwide. The fourteen dishes comprises of some from Starters and Grill to Burgers and Dessert. Expect hearty portions as always with affordable prices and lots of deliciousness!
Few of us gathered one evening after work for a sneak peak at its new menu. Walking into T.G.I. Friday’s® always feels good. One can immediately sense the laid back and comfort ambience. Few servers were already greeting me with chirpy welcomes. We immediately settled in and locked in some cocktails for our happy hours to begin.
For me, it’s the Top Shelf Mojito. Classic but I just love the vibrant flavors of rum with mint and lime. Others took on the creative giggle juices of Jackberry Smash, Strawberry Mojito and Mango Mojito.
We had the Loaded Chip Nacho to start. Mimicking its famous cousin, the tortilla chips Nachos, this one uses thin crispy home-style potato chips. Beef bacon crumble, cheddar queso and melted cheese are piled on in between layers of chips before it’s crowned with more beef bacon, Colby cheese and green onions. Love it… the chips stayed crispy even with the hot melted cheese. I wanted more after trying this dish!
By now, you guys should know that I am not that into salads. I am weird, I like my greens cooked. However, there are some salads I would eat because it’s not the typical boring salads. Here’s one I happily chomped on. Chipotle Yucatan Chicken Salad is lovely and yummy. I love how the chopped mixed greens are piled high with garlicky and spiced up roasted pulled chicken breast, creamy avocado, sweet tomatoes, red onions, cheese, crunchy chips and dressed with a tangy cilantro lime vinaigrette and sriracha aioli. Squeezed the fresh lime on to the salad and you get a bright and flavorful salad with hints of heat and citrus. This is what I call taking salads to new heights…
For mains, we shared four new main dishes of Miami Cubano Chicken Stack, Honey Pecan Salmon, Cowboy Triple Meat Burger and Wild Mushroom Farfalle.
I really enjoyed the Honey Pecan Salmon tremendously. Cooked till just right, the grilled salmon remained moist and very lightly cooked in the middle so that it just melts-in-the-mouth. The skin is nicely glazed with a pecan honey butter sauce and crushed pecans. Seasoned with a medley of 7 spices, the salmon has a sweet and spicy note. It paired so well with the savory rice pilaf, mushrooms and steamed vegetables. I would definitely order this again.
There is another new salmon dish in the form of Salmon with Tomato Basil Salsa that I would also love to try as it is baste in lemon & olive oil before grilled and top with cherry tomato salsa and served with broccoli slaw. I will save this for another day…
Miami Cubano Chicken Stack makes a play on the famous Cubano sandwich in Miami minus the bread. Here it is turkey ham, sautéed mushrooms and mozzarella cheese is sandwiched between two pieces of golden crumbed chicken. A lemon cream sauce is drizzled over the chicken stack to make this even more desirable. Though there’s a lot of ingredients’ going on, everything works well. I like the texture and flavor combination. Crispy, cheesy, savory and creamy, it’s a dish that is destined to please many.
When Cowboy Triple Meat Burger arrived, I can’t help but to be in awe. Stacked to an impressive height, the three meat burger consisted of a thick beef patty, roasted beef bacon and slow braised BBQ meat completed with a tower of crispy golden fried onions. Besides that, there still the usual burger sidekick of lettuce, tomato, cheese, French fries, horseradish sauce and ketchup. It’s a carnivore’s dream burger. Lots of bold beefy flavors and the BBQ meat is sticky sweet that goes so well with the fried onions. I can barely bite into this tower of deliciousness but I guess that’s the point they were trying to make... such an indulgence of a manly burger!
Our last main took on a simpler flavor. The Wild Mushroom Farfalle has farfalle pasta sautéed with wild mushrooms and arugula in a roasted garlic broth. Flavors are more delicate with lots of earthy notes. A light hint of bitterness from the arugula and creamy parmesan added more flavors. This dish fared decent and is perfect for those who want to go meatless.
T.G.I. Friday’s® has always been able to tempt me with their dessert menu… the hardest part is saving stomach space for it. This round, they have three new desserts. Since we can’t decide which one as all three sounded equally tempting, we had all three.
Molten Chocolate Cake has always been a favorite of mine. The name itself is enough to justify all the lusciousness of calories it comes with. A dark rich chocolate cake with an erupting volcano molten chocolate ganache when executed perfectly can take me to cloud nine. This one fared decent and yes, it has a molten center. Served with whipped cream and sauces, it could have fared better if all of these were replaced with a big scoop of ice cream.
Oreo Stack is divine. Imagine brownies with white chocolate cheesecake, white chocolate mousse, Oreo chocolate ganache and Oreo cookies coming together. A sinful concoction that takes the word dessert over the edge. We love this so much!
Two High Carrot Cake has two layers of moist dense carrot cake studded with raisins, walnuts and crushed pineapple sandwiched with thick layer of cream cheese icing. Some may think a cake that includes vegetable sound weird but to me, its delicious. One of my favorite all time dessert although I secretly think that it’s the cream cheese icing that I am lusting after for…
Best part of T.G.I. Friday’s® … In Here, It’s Always Friday!