Firstly, I just wanted to explain the title. It is obviously me saying that I was fond of the food, but it is also a nod to what I associate TGI Fridays with. The Covent Garden was always full of theatre with bartenders juggling glassware, bottles and ingredients. Flaring takes some training and it can either be excellent to look at or a tad embarrassing when a bottle ends being a pile of broken glass on the floor.
TGI’s in Westfields does not appear to be cut from the same cloth. There was not one bottle tossed in the air during our visit. That said, it could be because it was lunch time on a Sunday. With no flair show, what else was there? Well I’ll tell you, some great tasting food and excellent service. The team are young, probably students, so you would think they do not have the finesse of a seasoned waiter/ess. Our waiter, Durell, put that thought to rest with charisma and slickness.
We were in a great mood with the lovely weather and he encouraged that to continue with friendly upbeat service. As if that was not enough, i cannot begin to describe how tasty the food was. I ordered the Jack Daniels crispy duck on a hot skillet with garlic mixed peppers and onions. This came with warm tortillas. OMG. The duck meat was well seasoned and succulent melt in the mouth goodness. It fell off the bone with ease. Eleanor had the Garlic chicken with cos lettuce in a Caesar dressing with croutons, heritage tomatoes and regato cheese. To get her carb fix, she had a side of loaded potato skins with cheese and bacon.
I have thought about that duck a lot and when I look the picture I took, my mouth literally waters. I count the days until I get back there and do this all over again. To be fair, I should try something new as I am sure everything on the menu is just as good, but that Duck tho. Wow. Oh and a big thank you to Durell for appreciating our dancing to the cool music they play.
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