5.018 TERRP 1.5 TGI Friday's: Filipino Platter

 -Cycle 5, Item 18-
23 (Thu) January 2014

Filipino Platter


at TGI Friday's (Robinsons Place) (Midtown Wing)

-Ermita, Manila-

with KWM

Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP). In Manila through mid-April, living above Robinsons Place, I'm going to attempt eating my way through the mall.  As far as I know, nobody has ever done anything like this, so this could be my unique contribution to the food/blog scene of Manila. Given time constraints, I'll begin with the 30 (or so) establishments on the first floor, working my way up.  

This is the 5th restaurant in the series.  Other restaurants previously covered:

1.1 / Jan 13 / C2 Classic Cuisine / Filipino / 2.5 / $$ (see generally 5.008 ...Chicken Pork Adobo + Sinangag)
1.2 / Jan 15 / Banana Leaf / Pan-Asian / 3.5 / $$ (see 5.010 ...Stir-Fried Malaysian Noble Leaves with Garlic)
1.3 / Jan 16 / Holy Cow! / American / 2.0 / $$$ (see 5.011 ...Lonestar Grilled Pork Chop)
1.4 / Jan 21 / Super Bowl of China / Chinese / 3.5 / $$ (see 5.016 ...Pork Strips with Kangkong & Chinese Bagoong)

TGI Friday's is an American chain restaurant.  Arguably the most famous and ubiquitous worldwide, with over 1000 locations in over 60 countries.  Basic western fare--e.g., burgers, pastas, steaks, BBQ--a lot of emphasis on booze-friendly appetizers--e.g., potato skins, chicken wings--and often a couple localish items tossed in--e.g., Filipino Platter.

The Filipino Platter is a combination plate of Philippine-style meats.  Grilled pork liempo, which tasted exactly--EXACTLY--like Korean pork galbi.   Barbecued chicken inasal.  Pork adobo.  Not too bad, if unremarkable--pretty much like everything at Friday's.  345 pesos.

The occasion was a casual, impromptu get-together with a few members of the Korean WPRO Mafia and some Korean interns.  I didn't feel like going, until I heard that the venue would be TGI Friday's, which I'd have to cover for TERRP anyway, though I hadn't been looking forward to eating there, much less alone.

I've now been to TGI Friday's in Korea, China, and the Philippines, but still not yet once in the States.  

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