TGIF’s Kingston – The Monster ( not quite )

Grabbing a burger after work on a Friday is a relaxing affair, specially when going to a good venue like TGIF Kingston. One of my favourite places to grab some ribs or steak.

It’s a nice restaurant with a friendly staff, very decent barmen/maids and loads of Americana on the wall giving it a nice atmosphere, albeit too much “in your face” if I’m honest.
Loads of cocktails and drinks. Good selection of starters.

First, some mozzarella dippers

Not too fulfilling, but then again I went there for the burger.

And this was the selection. The monster:

Looking at it, despite the size, it looks pretty much underwhelming. The top bun makes the burger look strange, as it is way too big for the fillings, which are just dumped there to give some height.

The first issue I got with this burger, is not the looks, it’s actually with TGIF’s policy: well-done only. No exceptions.
It has to be a really good meat in order for that to work.

but…

It isn’t.
The meat was too dry, and the patty was too dense and mediocre tasting. At that point the disappointment was evident.
Even though the toppings, like the bacon, are of good quality, the burger packed no punch. It had no charisma.
It’s a 14 pound burger and not a microwave meal at Tesco’s!

The fries are nice and tasty, and so was the sauce. The latter saved it somewhat. Gave it a little dimension on a otherwise irrelevant entry to this blog (which by itself is irrelevant, think about that).

The burger to get, if you really must, is the Jack Daniel’s one. That sauce changes the beef completely.
However, the chicken burger “French Canadian” (which I’ve tried before), it’s a much better choice in my opinion.

Like mentioned before, TGIF’s offers a good selection of drinks, including beers and ciders.

Magners Pear is a great Perry. Very refreshing and fruity with some carbonation.

The staff should be mentioned. They will bend backwards for you. Always friendly and there to help.

Food – 2.5/5
Choice of drinks – 5/5
Service – 5/5
Location – 5/5

My recommendation: get the ribs. With Jack Daniels sauce. Oh yes.

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