I am not really fond on restaurants franchised globally because either their taste and serving is localized(making quantities tad smaller for the Asian market) or their quality of service is leaning towards commercialism and that the fervor of uniqueness waned per country.
It was year 2001 when I first dined in at TGI Friday's at El Pueblo, one of their first branches in the Philippines.
And in retrospect, few things were fixated for good or otherwise, while there were also a meager of things left unchanged. The entrees itself has become a bit blander and the servicing size smaller and smaller with a higher price. I guess it's their method of battling against inflation and other economic strides. One thing didn't change though, the crowd is still "intense" with each table competing a maelstrom of noise.
We were at the ground floor and little did I know that my friends are at the same restaurant had they not texted me next day after. We were not able to join them though because they were at the second floor. I guess I now know culprits of the noise that day. :)
Fish Veracruz - sauteed white fish simmered with white white, tomatoes, capers and olives.
Chicken Club Sandwich - Layers of ham, chargrilled chicken breast, American cheese and crispy bacon piled double high between three slices of wheat bread, fresh lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.
Jack Daniel's Glazed Ribs Grilled - a rack of baby pork ribs cooked until fall-off-the-bone tenderness, seasoned with Cajun spices, fire grilled, and glazed with famous Jack Daniel sauce.
Mushroom Chicken and Mushroom - deep-fried chicken topped with mushrooms and mozzarella cheese served with corn on a cob and a choice of rice.
The restaurant is still one of the youngster's favorite comfort food, hang-out circuit but me?... I just love it because of that astronaut figure inside. :)