Navigating yourself around the Trafford Centre is no easy feat at the best of times, it is the place to shop in Manchester! However, considering Mini Me and I ventured there on a Bank Holiday Monday, I was pleasantly surprised that we didn’t need to queue in shops, despite there being lots of fantastic sale bargains to be had.
After an hour’s worth of shopping, it was time to re-fuel and with a vast array of eateries to review, we chose TGI Fridays in order to record a child’s perspective of the restaurant.
Quickly seated in one of the spacious and comfy booths, Mini Me was happy as she was given an activity pack to keep her entertained and I could peruse the rather extensive menu.
The children’s menu is fantastic and features meal options for light eaters (Little League meals are £3.49) and older children (Major League meals are £4.99) who can eat slightly more. We both appreciated the fact fries could be swapped with waffles, creamy mash or seasonal veg. If you have a child who does not actually like fries or you simply want a healthier meal option for your child, then TGI Fridays will endeavour to accommodate that.
Mini Me plumped for the Monster Burger, topped with bacon, a huge onion ring, melted cheese, tomato and mayo – the meal does come with fries and beans but we swapped the beans for salad sticks. The burger was described as the best burger she had ever had, to the point I have never seen a child hoover up a burger as quickly! It did look divine, I shall say look as I was not even offered a bite!
Starters are from the main adult menu and after recommendations from our rather delectable server, we both happily chomped on cheesy nachos served with salsa, guacamole and jalapeno peppers. They were stunning!
Also alongside the dish TGI Fridays is renowned for… the Jack Daniels Sesame Chicken Strips… ohhhh they had the most perfect sticky, crispy bite with such a delicious barbecue flavour.
They really hit the spot whilst waiting for our main meals – for which I had chosen the Jack Daniels Crispy Duck Salad, which is new to the menu. A spot on choice for the summer and it was a hefty bowl of salad with huge chunks of crispy duck that added a cheeky note to an already flavoursome salad.
The reason we were there was to gauge Mini Me’s opinion of TGI Fridays and little did she know that the best was yet to come in the form of the Fairground Sundae – real dairy ice cream, candy floss, popcorn and mini donuts served with either Strawberry or Chocolate sauce.
I have never seen a child’s face light up as much! Beautifully presented, this well thought out dessert was the perfect ending to a lovely family meal out. Mini Me’s top tip for eating out at TGI Fridays is to ensure you choose the Fairground Sundae!
There are some great offers on at TGI Fridays currently with 2 courses from the adult menu for £15.99 (Mon-Thurs, excluding Bank Holidays). It is always well worth checking out the TGI Fridays site and the app for further offers.
We had a great time, the atmosphere was fantastic, the restaurant never felt like it was too busy, even when full. Nothing was too much trouble and I appreciated the fact the servers engaged Mini Me in conversation! There were lots of families in the restaurant on the day we attended and it’s clear to understand why – good wholesome, tasty food and a wonderful treat! We will be back again very soon!
Thank you to the Trafford Centre for arranging our complimentary review meal at TGI Fridays as part of the Trafford Centre Kids Guide.