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bennyboydurham

1,450 posts

61 months

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Wednesday 26th September 2012 quote quote all
I used to go to TGIs a lot years back, when it was a really cool American restaurant with good food. As time went on the food became blander and poor value and the experience changed to that of eating in a crap chain. The final straw came when they brought my favourite steak and garlic butter with literally five chips. I asked what happened to the rest of my chips to be told that 'we've reduced the portion size on this dish'. They didn't reduce the bloody price though and for the cost (nearly £50 for lunch for two) I figured could eat at somewhere in the Good Food Guide for less. Haven't returned since. The UK is poor at US chains. Chillis is a case in point, if you've ever been to one in the USA or elsewhere you'll be bitterly disappointed with the experience of the ones here.

y2blade

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54,388 posts

102 months

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Wednesday 26th September 2012 quote quote all
bennyboydurham said:
The UK is poor at US chains.
I hope you are right.
I'll compare Hooters (Bristol) to Hooters (NYC) next year biggrin


DoodoolTala

852 posts

41 months

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Thursday 27th September 2012 quote quote all
bennyboydurham said:
I used to go to TGIs a lot years back, when it was a really cool American restaurant with good food. As time went on the food became blander and poor value and the experience changed to that of eating in a crap chain. The final straw came when they brought my favourite steak and garlic butter with literally five chips. I asked what happened to the rest of my chips to be told that 'we've reduced the portion size on this dish'. They didn't reduce the bloody price though and for the cost (nearly £50 for lunch for two) I figured could eat at somewhere in the Good Food Guide for less. Haven't returned since. The UK is poor at US chains. Chillis is a case in point, if you've ever been to one in the USA or elsewhere you'll be bitterly disappointed with the experience of the ones here.
I agree, I always go for the ribeye steak and they always seem to fk it up. out of the last 5 times they have overcooked mine 3 times and the replacement always takes ages to get ready and I totally agree with the pricing too, If it really wasn't for the JD sauce I wouldn't step foot in that place!

volks al

4,057 posts

101 months

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Tuesday 2nd October 2012 quote quote all
Double glazed ribs tried last week, in the A1 TGI's. Dive of a place and mediaocre service. £16.99 for some ok ribs but think I could do more at home for better. Meh

y2blade

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54,388 posts

102 months

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Tuesday 2nd October 2012 quote quote all
volks al said:
Double glazed ribs tried last week, in the A1 TGI's. Dive of a place and mediaocre service. £16.99 for some ok ribs but think I could do more at home for better. Meh
The one Opposite the Gateshead travelodge?


Btw I Tried TGI glaze on chicken strippers last night yum
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volks al

4,057 posts

101 months

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Tuesday 2nd October 2012 quote quote all
y2blade said:
The one Opposite the Gateshead travelodge?


Btw I Tried TGI glaze on chicken strippers last night yum
Bottom of the A1 by Hendon.

y2blade

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54,388 posts

102 months

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Tuesday 2nd October 2012 quote quote all
volks al said:
Bottom of the A1 by Hendon.
Ah, got ya smile

volks al

4,057 posts

101 months

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Tuesday 2nd October 2012 quote quote all
y2blade said:
volks al said:
Bottom of the A1 by Hendon.
Ah, got ya smile
Next time I will suggest to the Mrs we drive onto the Ace and I can eat there! Although the bbq sauce was tasty I give it that.

y2blade

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54,388 posts

102 months

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Tuesday 2nd October 2012 quote quote all
volks al said:
Next time I will suggest to the Mrs we drive onto the Ace and I can eat there! Although the bbq sauce was tasty I give it that.
Bloodyhell the one at Hendon must have been bad then hehe



We (MissB and I) like TGI, and have been to the one at Reading (good), Birmingham (good) and Southampton (fecking awful)

prand

3,368 posts

83 months

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Tuesday 2nd October 2012 quote quote all
bennyboydurham said:
I used to go to TGIs a lot years back, when it was a really cool American restaurant with good food. As time went on the food became blander and poor value and the experience changed to that of eating in a crap chain. The final straw came when they brought my favourite steak and garlic butter with literally five chips. I asked what happened to the rest of my chips to be told that 'we've reduced the portion size on this dish'. They didn't reduce the bloody price though and for the cost (nearly £50 for lunch for two) I figured could eat at somewhere in the Good Food Guide for less. Haven't returned since. The UK is poor at US chains. Chillis is a case in point, if you've ever been to one in the USA or elsewhere you'll be bitterly disappointed with the experience of the ones here.
Agree about TGIs and Chillis. Anyone remember the old TV advert that used to appear about 11.10pm on a Friday night? It had some gimpy badged-up barman asking us what we had been doing, as he'd been having a great time chucking bottles and other flairy queerness. If that's not an advert to encourage you not to go there I don't know what is!

And Chillis, on paper it a seemed great concept, the one in Reading opened up and we went there a few times and it just seemed to be completely ill-conceived. I remember on the stairs by the loos there were some pictures of a couple of the original chillis branches and some pics of a Texan chilli competition. They looked a million miles away from the squalor and drudgery of the Reading branch and I used to wonder how it had lost so much in translation.

Saying that, these concept bars probably aren't anything special in the states either.

And as for BBQ sauce - it's so, so easy to make your own - give it a go!


Edited by prand on Tuesday 2nd October 13:14

bennyboydurham

1,450 posts

61 months

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Tuesday 2nd October 2012 quote quote all


Chillis burger, snapped by me in Kuala Lumpur.

fiatpower

1,080 posts

58 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
I love TGI's and always seem to have dishes with the JD sauce (what a coincidence). I usually get the chicken strips and double glazed JD ribs.

Went to America and tried them out there and have to say the ribs I have had in the uk were far better than the USA ones. However the last one I went to was in Times Square. Here I decided to try something new to the menu called JD pulled pork sandwich. Now I have to say this is the best thing I have ever eaten in a TGI's restaurant, hopefully it makes its way to the UK soon!

y2blade

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54,388 posts

102 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
fiatpower said:
I love TGI's and always seem to have dishes with the JD sauce (what a coincidence). I usually get the chicken strips and double glazed JD ribs.

Went to America and tried them out there and have to say the ribs I have had in the uk were far better than the USA ones. However the last one I went to was in Times Square. Here I decided to try something new to the menu called JD pulled pork sandwich. Now I have to say this is the best thing I have ever eaten in a TGI's restaurant, hopefully it makes its way to the UK soon!
I can't wait to try pulled pork in NYC.

The Moose

11,828 posts

96 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
y2blade said:
volks al said:
Next time I will suggest to the Mrs we drive onto the Ace and I can eat there! Although the bbq sauce was tasty I give it that.
Bloodyhell the one at Hendon must have been bad then hehe



We (MissB and I) like TGI, and have been to the one at Reading (good), Birmingham (good) and Southampton (fecking awful)
Reading is good, if you wanna hop on the bike and pop up for High Wycombe to try that one out, I'd happily meet you. Love the place. Love the glaze thumbup

Romanymagic

3,298 posts

106 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
mattdaniels said:
bigandclever said:
Same recipe as I posted, 3rd post in the thread.

Someone needs to try it.
I've used a virtually identical recipe loads of times for BBQ's and its always gone down really well. With that recepipe from the link substitue the pineapple juice for white grape juice and the taste will be spot on!

prand

3,368 posts

83 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
Romanymagic said:
I've used a virtually identical recipe loads of times for BBQ's and its always gone down really well. With that recepipe from the link substitue the pineapple juice for white grape juice and the taste will be spot on!
Just looking at that recipe it asks for just 1 teaspoon of JD. It looks like over a pint of other liquids so not sure how you'd taste it!
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