3rd Floor, 313 Melbourne Central
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Melbourne, VIC 3000
I’m not one for big nights out. The last time I attempted to have a night on the town ended up with my buttocks freezing off in a skimpy dress, feeling revolting the next morning despite not having eaten or drank very much, and 80 dollars gone goodness knows where. But when TGI Fridays sent me an email wanting to inject some Friday into my Monday, I was happy to accept.
I admit TGI Fridays was a lot nicer than I had imagined. I was expecting a tacky diner, trying to capitalise on the American theme, but it turned out to be modern and snazzy family-styled diner with a bar for a centrepiece, complete with bottle-juggling mixologists. The third floor corner view over the state library and Swanston Street was gorgeous. And we were here to undertake the arduous task of tasting a range of premium burgers with the added incentive of cocktails on the side. It’s a tough life.
|Philly Cheese Steak/New York Deli/Twisted Southwest|
We were lucky enough to try out the Premium Stacked Burger range right before launch day, and whilst we were still debating over which of the burgers to try, we were served up scaled down versions of all 5 burgers. I could hear my waistband crying.
|Philly Cheese Steak|
Each of these burgers has a distinct American influence, and the Philly Cheese Steak burger was beefed up with the addition of smoky beef steak and peppers, giving a street-food twist to the diner staple.
|New York Deli/Twisted Southwest|
I had been looking forward to the Twisted Southwest, but aside from the crisp curly fries on top, this tasted just like your average cheeseburger. Luckily it was only a handful of jalapenos away from achieving the tex-mex identity it was going for.
The New York Deli was my favourite for the day. Topped with flavoursome sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, deli corned beef, and a whole pickle, it’s like having a Reuben sandwich and a burger at the same time.
|French Onion/Mushroom Chicken Mushroom|
Conversely, the Mushroom Chicken Mushroom was my least favourite for the day. Whilst the chicken and mushroom soaked in onion balsamic worked well together, it was too dry to be very enjoyable.
The burgers finished strong with the French Onion, a timeless combination of cheese and caramelised onions. It was a rich, satisfying end to our burger tasting adventure.
And what are burgers without Chips? Our first cup of fries was served with a smoky and spicy ketchup, as well as an addictive horseradish mayo that underscored its creaminess with a pungent heat. But then they brought out some more sauces, and we couldn’t say no to a second serve of chips to go with a sweet honey mustard that Chris adored, and a sticky, smoky, and spicy Jack Daniel’s sauce, flown all the way from America.
|Pink Punk Cosmo/Electric Lemonade|
The jolly bunch at TGI Fridays also did a marvellous job of trying to get us drunk with not only drink vouchers, but also a selection of cocktail samples. Throughout the night, we managed to try (not finish!) the Pink Punk Cosmo, Electric Lemonade, June Bug, and Hawaiian Volcano. Whilst they weren’t the pinnacle of complex and imaginative cocktails, they were all invariably delicious, especially... all of them. I had to get the waiter to take them away after a bit so I didn't guzzle them down and fall off my stool.
TGI Fridays has their target audience worked out, and it’s easy to see why they’ve been around for 18 years. By combining an indulgent American menu, affordable cocktails, and a vibe that makes Monday feel like Friday, it is entirely understandable why everyone would want to be coming here after a long day at work.
Rating: 13/20 – fatty Friday.
This rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit.
Sweet and Sour Fork dined as a guest of TGI Fridays.