Oct 15, 2011

TGI Friday’s – Al Khuwair

TGI Friday’s (Telephone: 2448 8899 – Map) an American tex-mex casual dining restaurant located in Al Khuwair. Friday’s is located in the City Seasons Hotel right on the highway opposite the Ministries District in Al Khuwair.

The seating area in TGI Friday’s is spacious and looks very nice with many articles of pop culture references hung on the walls all over the place. The restaurant has only opened very recently and many people are excited to finally have it in town so the place is usually extremely crowded for dinner and it is very likely to wait for a while before you get seated.

The menu of TGI Friday’s will look extremely similar to anyone who has been to Chili’s in Oman. It features a collection of fried starters such as chicken wings, nachos, and chicken strips, along with nachos, soups, and salads. For main courses, TGI Friday’s offers burgers, sandwiches, chicken mains, seafood mains, pastas, steaks, and fajitas.

I tried a variety of starters at TGI Friday’s in previous visits and on my very last visit I tried a fajita nachos which was surprisingly good, the nachos were not too crunchy and the toppings were excellent. It was probably the best starter I had at TGI fridays as I tried the platter before and the chicken strips which I didn’t like much at all.

For the main course I had a buffalo taco (pictured above) which basically had two chicken tacos served in soft tortila bread and came with a side of French fries. The tacos were a little bit large in size and messy, but I still successfully managed to have them without making a huge mess, I can’t say that this was the best taco I had in town, but it was still pretty good. On the other hand a friend of mine had a salad as a main course which she didn’t like much and thought that the greens in it were not fresh at all.

I cannot remember the name of the dessert we had, but it was basically a chocolate cake topped with ice cream and caramel served in a glass. We thought the caramel was a little bit too much, but we still enjoyed it.

We thought that the service at TGI Friday’s was OK, we did not face any serious problems with the staff and our food didn’t take too long to arrive.

I have been to TGI Friday’s three times now, and I think that their food is mediocre at best and is very inconsistent. The place is still super crowded at night as everyone in town is coming to try it out for the first time. If you have been waiting to give TGI Friday’s a shot, I advise you to wait until the hype dies off as by then hopefully the kitchen would have improved the quality of the food, in the mean time I suggest that you go to Chilis instead as the food they serve is almost identical.

  • ian

    I’ve been once, I normally go for a burger at these Tex/mex style places, as they’re often done really well. Unfortuntately I thought it was one of the worst burgers I’ve eaten. The Bun and garnish was good, but I didn’t like the texture of the burger and it was so greasy! I’d definitely go to Chilli’s in preference in the future, maybe even McDonalds!

  • Bareed Abdullah

    I went there but there is not tables we hv to wait for 2 hours

  • Albarood

    I went there thrice.
    As you said the food quality is not constant. The service became much better when I visited on the first time.
    I prefer Fridays in Dubai which I feel their quality of food is super!

  • Farah_alharmi

    I went to TGIF in Dubai, Malasiya, Abudabi and Oman. I also went to several branches of Chilis.  Oman’s TGIF  is the greasiest ever! and everything is over done.. too much cheese, too much caramel as you said. I REALLY hope that they do better cuz ppl as well as owners in Oman have very little  patients!


  • Hassan

    Ya very greasy and the service is not up to standard of TGI Friday but i think you should give it some time, am sure it will get better

  • Sameerb1

    TGIF Oman does not sell TACOs those are chicken nugget sandwichs…tacos are not those…i hated TGIF Oman

  • ashif

    TGIF is hopeless and in a hopeless hotel

  • Scott

    Ate there recently. Service was non-existant. When I mentioned to the manager that our starter (stuffed jalapenos) was served cold he stated back, “Its not cold.” Rudest possible response for someone who claims to be a manager. Doubtful I will return.

  • raniya alkhusaibi

    not the same standard as in other countries 🙁 

  • Rocket

    Have been there once and I doubt I will go again. Does not even raise up to the lowest rated TGIF anywhere else in the world. TGIF Oman truly must address their lack of decent service, inconsistency in food quality and a host of other shortcomings. Too bad cause I really like TGIF across the world just not the one around the corner.

  • ???? ????

    This is my favorite eatery in Oman, it’s so good and the staff are very friendly especially the Egyptian ones who are really funny and silly. The food is excellent especially the Friday’s burger and the Onion rings not to mention the cheesy scurmptious nachos…. Everything is good about this place!

  • Nina

    TGI FRIDAYS in Alkhuwair serving very bad food in Executive Lunch. We faced a very bad experience.Pasta ,below average, Lemon drink not fresh.

  • Tamir

    I just had the worst restaurant experience of my life. I thought by now the service at TGIF muscat would be good but in fact it is as bad as it has always been. Our forks and knives arrived fifteen minuets after our meals and by then our food was cold. it took another ten minuets for the drinks to arrive. Upon leaving i told the Filipino guy at the entrance that we had a very bad experience and we would never go back there again, and he replayed by saying ” its okay, you don’t have to come here again!!!” i still cant believe he actually said that! Thats it, TGIF is officially the worst restaurant in Oman.
    Tamir Qz

  • El

    Another last, Friday’s this time. Apart from outrageous Filipino personnel, the service really sucks. Cold water instead of warm – then don’t ask if u can’t remember an order of two, plus took half an hour to get it. Two mains were also too hard to memorize, no tissues, there was trash on the table masterfully hidded behind their ads. Definitely worse than chili’s here!