Restaurant Review: Filipino Favorites at T.G.I. Friday's
Published on October 29, 2014
I was once again craving for grilled meat, well, meat in general. My husband initially suggested that we check out the other Korean restaurants outside Robinsons Manila, those along the same strip as Hwangso-Ga Korean Restaurant. But I saw that T.G.I. Friday’s has finally reopened after its transfer to a new spot in the Midtown Wing of Robinsons Manila. I was planning to have a big, fat, juicy burger until something on the menu caught my attention!
The menu says that the Three-Meat Platter is already good for 3-4 persons. We even asked the very pretty (and very friendly) server assigned to us, Luvie, if this dish indeed serves 3-4. When she confirmed it, my husband asked her if she thinks that the two of us could finish it. She giggled, and told us that two very hungry people can probably wipe it off.
The pork liempo is grilled to perfection which sealed the meat with its distinct smoky flavor. Whether you dip it or not in the vinegar, you’ll surely love the signature Filipino flavors infused in the meat. It’s savory with a slight hint of sweetness.
I was expecting the BBQ chicken to pale in comparison when put side by side with the liempo. But I was wrong. The chicken is perfectly charred which gave the skin the right crunch, but still kept the meat juicy and tender.
And the adobo?! Homaygad, the adobo! It looks plain, doesn’t it? It looks like a simple, unassuming slab of meat. I was initially disappointed the moment I saw it. But I immediately changed my mind by the time the meat said “Hi” to my taste buds! Looks can really be deceiving.
The menu isn’t lying when it promised to give diners fall-off-the-bone pork adobo because the meat is fork-tender. I’m thinking that this is a deconstructed version of the usual adobo because the adobo sauce serves as the dip. The dip has the perfect blend of sour, tangy and peppery flavors just like the traditional adobo. We even requested for a second and third serving of the dip!
So, in case you are wondering whether we did it or not, here’s the proof that we can do anything as long as we put our hearts (and stomachs) in it! Hahaha!
Gone are the days when all you could find in the menu of T.G.I. Friday’s are burgers, fries, pasta and steaks. Filipino dishes are definitely on the rise! =)
Ground Level Midtown Wing
Robinsons Place Manila