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|Written by Administrator II|
|Wednesday, 25 July 2012 16:01|
Article and photos by HELEN ONG
Although I am now freelance, I can still recall those days when I used to work 9-5, and there was nothing that I, together with several million other employees around the world, looked forward to more than the weekend. And that’s the ethos behind this successful chain of restaurants from the US –a perfume salesman in New York realised single people needed somewhere to go at the end of a long week, so he opened up an outlet at the corner of First Avenue and 63rd Street and the rest, as they say, is history.
Things have changed a bit since, and although friends still congregate in them for good American Tex-Mex food, they have become more family-oriented places. There are now over 1000 outlets in over 58 countries worldwide, and they recently added another one to the list: TGIF in the ground floor of Gurney Paragon, one of Penang’s latest happening places.
The large outlet, which opened at the beginning of this year, overlooks the central courtyard just next to the newly-restored heritage site of St Jo’s – formerly St Joseph’s Novitiate – and offers a wonderful view of the horizon at Gurney Drive.
First on the list was of course something to imbibe, and as TGIF is pretty famous for their cocktails, it was apt to try their something from new Drinks Menu. Having once sampled their fantastic classic Mojito at their other outlet in Queensbay Mall, I was eager to try another one although this time I was recommended their Strawberry Mojito, which was pink, tart and sweet, and just as good as the original.
The new menu, like the décor, has a trendier, fresher feel, and incorporates several new dishes to reflect a more discerning clientele which has become aware of the benefits of eating well. “It introduces more healthy choices for our patrons,” explained Regional Manager Andrea Rossi, “and is very different to what we were doing before.” Response to it, he continued, has so far been very good. An example is the Tuna and Avocado Crisp, healthy pink slices of just-seared tuna, sliced and served on top of crispy tortilla chips with a dollop of guacamole on top.
Another menu and one of the most famous appetizers is the Fried Mozzarella, served with Marinara sauce, and their Grilled Caribbean Wings come with a delicious, Tropical spice sauce. As for mains, their famous Jack Daniels sauce has now been replaced by the equally tasty alcohol-free Tennessee Glaze, and this is used to marinate their famed halal steaks, ribs, burgers and chicken wings, and works very well with the meat, coating the meat with a thick appetizing glaze which flavours it at the same time.
During the month of Ramadhan, TGIF is offering their Sunset Treats that Rock special from 6-9pm. Order any mains from their extensive menu, and get soup and salad as much as you can buffet for just RM10++.
Remember, there it’s always Friday!
TGIF is at Queensbay Mall (+604 641 3363) and Gurney Paragon (+604 228 7554).
|Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 14:58|