Whenever I visit Cardiff city centre, I always pay a visit to my favourite place for a bite to eat - TGI Friday's. Situated on the 'east side' of the newest St. David's Centre in the heart of Cardiff, it's the perfect place to rest your feet and enjoy good, tasty food after a busy day of shopping. St. David's Centre has so many brilliant shops on offer with everything from Apple, Pandora, Hamley's, Disney, Paperchase, Hollister, John Lewis and Debenhams just to name a few! It's the perfect place for a girl's day out or even a spot of Christmas shopping. The East side contains tonnes of eateries to choose from, but my favourite by far is TGI Friday's. I can guarantee great food and great service!
TGI Friday's is full of awesome American themed decor to match the red and white themed diner feel, including some famous faces and iconic images, not to mention the music. We decided to visit on a weekday and despite it being smack in the middle of lunchtime we didn't have to wait for a table - which is always nice! We were seated and greeted by one of the lovely staff and immediately served drinks. Despite the cocktail menu seriously tempting me, I resisted the urge for a midday martini - the bottomless coke is a great deal, completely unlimited and the staff are very hot on the refills - it's like they know when you want more.
After browsing the menu (and drooling over delicious sounding food), which included a new festive deal where you could have 2 courses for £15.99 we decided to indulge in some mouth-watering starters. I opted for the smokey cheese melts which was a huge portion of 5 individual mozzarella melts (yummy), whilst my sister and friend chose some tomato, garlic and mozzarella bruschetta and sesame Jack Daniel's chicken strips. Considering the portion sizes, the starters are very reasonably priced and they were all bought out together and tasted delicious!
For the mains, I decided to go for a portion of the sesame chicken strips along with a side of fries - which is always a good choice. The Jack Daniel's chicken strips are sweet, crispy, a little spicy and excellent with the crunchy salad. The seasoned fries were really tasty and came in a separate bowl. The others opted for a Jack Daniel's chicken breast with seasonal vegetables and cheesy mashed potato - awesome addition, as well as a 8oz sirloin steak with veg and seasoned fries. Having checked with my steak-eating friend, the steak was as she ordered and 'juicy'.
After consuming all of that delicious food, and a fair amount of bottomless cokes we decided not to opt for a dessert. However the pecan bourbon pudding is amazing, so I'd recommend that! As always, the service from the staff at TGI's in St. David's was awesome - they are a talented bunch who can multi-task, bring endless refills and really make you feel welcome. So if you're looking at things to do in Cardiff, I'd recommend paying a visit to the classic American themed TGI's resteraunt, where it's always Friday. You can also find some brilliant places to eat, drink and explore in Millenium Hotels guide to Cardiff. Then it was off to continue with some Christmas shopping in the hustle and bustle of St. David's centre, beautifully decorated for Christmas and full of amazing stores and offers.
*Vouchers provided towards the cost of the meal - but it truly is awesome.