I’m not one to go to social mixers. I have no regrets for avoiding such events. When personality tests ask you whether you’d ‘rather stay at home to read a book, or go out to a party’, I always, without fail, fall into the former category. It rarely matters whose party it is. So, lunch last weekend with around 10 of J’s friends whom neither D or I had met before hand was quite out of character. But it went well, mostly because we met someone who has a super interesting job — he’s the guy who used to work on how various flavours of potato chips taste and which flavours get introduced or withdrawn, and more recently, the same with cereal brands. He knows, off the top of his head, when and why a flavour was introduced or withdrawn. All for his job. Sounds fun to me!
Anyway. Lunch was at the only TGI Fridays in Sydney — Macquarie Centre.
To share around the table, we got South Potato Twisters ($17.95), which are ‘spiral sliced golden fried potatoes, topped with spicy queso, Monterey Jack cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and coriander’. The servings of potato twisters were generous and deliciously crispy.
To share with D, we ordered the Jack Daniel’s Sampler ($29.95), which were ‘Cajun battered shrimp, succulent sesame chicken strips and tender baby back pork ribs’ drizzled with Jack Daniel’s glaze. The glaze makes everything taste good. I though the chicken strips were dry, but dipped in glaze? Tasted good! The meat fell off the bone of the ribs — they weren’t as ‘succulent’ as the word implies, but dipped it glaze? Definitely not dry.
And for drinks, I had the Green Apple ($6.25), which is a mix of sweet and sour apples and lemonade. It was distinctly apple-y and refreshing for the warm day, although I will never be a fan of glazed cherries.
TGI Fridays is located at Macquarie Shopping Centre, Level 4 Shop 454, Herring Road, North Ryde, Macquarie Park NSW 2113.