Every Day Friday’s

The last time we wrote about T.G.I. Friday’s in the blog, it was 2009. That long huh. I think we overlook this restaurant because it is quite far from our usual hang-out but really,  it deserves a much-needed visit and a feature to boot. It’s a very popular restaurant that serves good food and its ambiance is perfect for celebrations, especially birthday celebrations. That is why it’s the place where I chose to celebrate mine with my family. Actually, it was my brother who chose this place because we haven’t been there for quite a while. I was tempted to correct him that I went there with friends during Ramadan but never mind. Haha!

Like most casual dining restaurants in Riyadh, T.G.I. Friday’s is specializing in burgers and steaks with a lot of appetizers and drinks in between. While the company stresses that it stands for “Thank Goodness It’s Friday”, the alternative phrase “Thank God It’s Friday’s” is more commonly used. However, in Saudi Arabia, let’s leave it as ‘goodness’ to avoid religious conflicts. Haha! Kidding. Actually, the phrase doesn’t really apply in this country if you think that our weekends are different from the rest of the world (except for most Middle Eastern countries too). The Friday pertains to the fact that most workers celebrate on the night of a Friday when work is over and the weekend officially starts. It’s time to party! However, it can still apply here if you think that Friday is a weekend anyway meaning there’s no work. And no work day is always welcome and worth celebrating. T.G.I Friday’s is known for its red-striped canopies, brass railings, Tiffany lamps, and decorative antiques, frames, and records.

In the branch in Umalhammam just beside the Centrepoint and Euromarche along Takhasussi, the spaces for booths are a bit cramped and you’ll hear the noise from the next booth but it’s a good thing if you’re all for the ambiance. Friday nights are supposed to be rowdy and wild anyway. It’s just wild with children running around and screaming in here. Haha! Friday’s menu in other countries emphasizes on alcoholic beverages but of course, we’re in KSA where booze is prohibited so we settle for mocktails, slushies, and juices. They’re all good. So refreshing and fruity and sweet.

There’s a complimentary bowl of chips and salsa to whet the appetite but if you want more appetizers, I suggest you get the Texas Tater Twister. It’s better than the nachos, IMHO. The chips are just the right crunchy; munching on them is effortless. The toppings of cheese and tomatoes also lend an awesome flavor that makes this starter a hit among families and friends. Of course there’s no escaping the oil but wth, enjoy it anyway.

Creamy, cheesy pasta

Creamy, cheesy pasta

For pasta, I suggest you get the Cajun Shrimps and Chicken Pasta. The fettuccine pasta is topped with a creamy sauce oozing with cheese. The shrimps are robust and easy to bite. It’s very tasty unlike the pastas of other steak houses that are just plain bland despite of the sauce and meat in them. This one is a winner in our books and if my guy can go there every day to eat it, he’ll be there!

The Shrimp Fajita on a bed of rice and cheese

The Shrimp Fajita on a bed of rice and cheese

My mother who doesn’t like eating heavy dishes like steaks preferred the Sizzling Shrimp Fajita. It came in a sizzling plate loaded with rice, shrimps, colby cheese, bell peppers and onions. She said it’s flavorful and delicious. I’m not sure though because my mother is really easy to please when it comes to food.

An old favorite, the Rib-Eye Steak

An old favorite, the Rib-Eye Steak

Love the sweetness of the BBQ sauce on the side

Love the sweetness of the BBQ sauce on the side

My order is the perfectly-seasoned Texas Rib-eye Steak. It came in a huge plate with corn on the cob, vegetables and a dark gravy (which might be barbecue… sorry for the short term memory loss, haha!). The meat has an adequate amount of fat and is cooked medium well, just what I wanted in my steak.

Steak, with blue cheese

Steak, with blue cheese

My brother, another steak-loving fellow, tried the Crispy Bleu Cheese Filet. It looks dry on the plate but he said it was cooke nicely and the meat went well with the mushroom gravy. The cheese lent a salty kick to each bite.

If you're a curious cat, you'll go for this.

If you’re a curious cat, you’ll go for this.

We really enjoyed our meal in T.G.I. Fridays and that’s not because I was paying for the food so it should taste really good or else hahaha! Let it be known though that our original order is the BBQ Ribs but they’re not available. Not sure if they’re already available now. The restaurant has come a long way since our 2009 entry. However, their classic dishes are still reigning supreme in their menu. However, their new dishes like their Amazing Wraps (ex. Szechuan Steak Wrap, Philly Cheesesteak Wrap, etc.) can’t be ignored.

It still is good times at Friday’s!

T.G.I. Friday’s

Takhasussi Street

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

T: +966-11-4827121

W: www.tgifridays.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/TGIFMiddleEast

Twitter: @tgifridays

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It is in between Centrepoint Department Store and KFC.

It is in between Centrepoint Department Store and KFC.

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