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think you know what you’re getting with TGI Fridays. A long established brand that most people have visited at least once, a majority have a preconceived idea about the venue. However, their new range of burgers promises to be something special – their head chef has recently returned from a year and half journey around the world to discover what makes the perfect burger – or so the press release reads and so we decided we’d put them to the test…

The new menu contains some pretty interesting choices, as well as the classic selection they have made some exciting additions to the menu. The French Canadian burger is a chicken breast topped with sweet maple syrup, crispy bacon and melted Brie, while the Inferno burger is a beef patty topped with fiery jalapeños, piquant chilli jam and incendiary habanero sauce, tempered with creamy mozzarella. The Texan Wild Boar burger isn’t just a cleverly marketed pork burger, it genuinely is wild boar from Texas with caramelised apple wedges and Dijon mayo.

However, the star of the show is the Black and Blue burger, a blackened Aberdeen Angus burger accompanied with crispy bacon and crumbly blue cheese and rich blue cheese dressing. The beef is thick and cooked perfectly medium, slightly pink in the middle and sprinkled with Cajun spices. The only problem we had with the burger was trying to make ourselves look sexy – take it from us there is no way to look sexy with cheese dripping down your face, so give up trying to look good and just focus on the burger!

So did the burgers match up to their hype? Unequivocally, yes. These are some pretty special burgers with great flavours and inventive ingredients. The portions are huge and the value is good. TGI’s is more than just for teenage birthday parties, these are burgers for grown-ups!

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