I’ve been to TGI Fridays a couple of times, although the last time was a while ago. I don’t know whether they have changed their menu recently, but I certainly remember having a much better meal the first time I went. Whether the food has changed, or whether it was the fault of the particular chefs, I’m not sure – but I expected a bit more from this burger, or “sandwich” as they call it, than I got. To start with, it was brought out first with the wrong fries, and out of a table of eight there were four mistakes when they brought the food out, with another plate arriving very late. Three out of eight is not a good start.
My burger was topped with a slice of cheap looking singles cheese which melted onto the burger and bun, rendering them quite difficult to separate when it came to putting sauce between them. There was also a massive and watery tomato which I took out as soon as it arrived, and a small amount of red onion under the burger with some cheesy relish. This relish was also served on the plate as a dip for the sweet potato fries that I opted for, and it was a spicy cheesy dip containing small pieces of jalapenos to add spice. The burger itself was made up of kidney beans and sweet corn as far as I could see, with a mushy cheesy texture which did not do it any favours. There was a fried, greasy texture and flavouring to the outside with some crunchy bits around the edges where it had overcooked – not quite the standard that I would normally hold burgers up to.
It was held inside a rich brioche bun which had been lightly fried on the inside, one of the better parts of the meal in all, although it was almost too rich to be put with the burger. I had chosen to order the really nice sweet potato fries with crispy seasoning on the outside, which went fine with the spicy dip or on their own. The burger as a whole was quite thin but filling enough, especially after a starter – even if we did share that between several of us. It is one of the cheaper vegetarian options on the menu, so I am not sure that I would appreciate getting the same sort of quality at a higher price. As it was, I don’t think I would relish the idea of going there and buying one again. This was unfortunate as I did not have bad memories previously – next time I will likely eat something different, if I do go there again.
On the VegBurge scale, I give this…
Taste – 4/10
Price – 5/10
Rest of experience – 6/10