>> Thursday, November 24, 2011
T.G.I. Friday's brings back memories of crowded nights, sneaking out of the house and Glorietta. But if you didn't roam the club circuit in the late 90s, and if your bells don't ring to Hard Rock Cafe, Tower Records, Streetlife, Mule and Eric Gadd's "Do You Believe In Me", then T.G.I. Friday's does not mean gimik to you but a normal American restaurant. I'm not saying that I roamed that circuit as well, but I'm aware of enough to know about the 1990s Makati nightlife. (Disclaimer!)
It's been years since I last ate at T.G.I. Friday's. I seem to have ordered all the wrong dishes and learned of too many dirty old men (DOM) that my only wonderful memory of it was when I had two tall glasses of strawberry milkshake. That's why I didn't think twice when C and I got an invitation to dine for free in the new T.G.I. Friday's Philippines' flagship store and lucky 13th branch in Eastwood City with several other Filipino bloggers.
The restaurant is sporting a new design. It's more open and well-lit, which I find much friendlier and welcoming than the old design. It is also more suitable to their target 18 to 25-year old demographic.
The servers first asked for our preferred appetizers and drinks, but the rest of the food was prepared to introduce to us their top dishes. C got the buffalo wings and I chose the six pieces of shrimp served with fries. Why I forgot to get a strawberry milkshake is beyond me.
C was happy with the spicy buffalo wings. That's all he paid attention to during our first minutes there. The sauce was pretty good, I must say, and spicier than most other regular buffalo wings, but because my knife skills are dismal compared with C, I chose to bite my way through the chicken. The meat was too tough for me to cut through. The wings were really made perfectly as finger food. They're very different from Charlie's Grind and Grill's buffalo wings but good in their own right.
The shrimps were great too, and the french fries were a revelation.
Then came the dishes one by one. We were served pasta, bacon burgers, chicken fingers, salad, mini burgers, fajitas and divine desserts.
The highlights of the night were the buffalo wings, the fries, the cheesy bacon burger and the desserts.
The Mocha Mud Pie was served first, and we went trigger happy. When the Brownie ala Mode arrived, it was just too beautiful for words. It was difficult to stop taking pictures.
The brownie, in particular, is very dense. I had to use a knife! (Yes, because my forking skills are quite dismal as well.) But it really was heaven. I would go back to T.G.I Friday's in a heartbeat just for that.
Another high point of the night were the performing servers.
They. Were. Awesome.
Their energy was so up there that you'd want to stand up and dance in the middle of the room yourself. In fact, one non-Filipino customer joined them while grooving to Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How To Dougie".
What did I tell you? Their performance was no joke! They danced to a medley of at least three fantastic songs, opening with Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling".
On your next visit to T.G.I. Friday's Eastwood at peak hours, ask them about the performance. Perhaps that would encourage them even more to make it extra special.
If you're at the Eastwood City branch, look out the window. For sure that view will make you smile.