Bruce Lee burger and ribs at TGI Fridays Enfield, London.
We kind of all know TGI Fridays. All American (here’s the Bruce Lee burger), all cheerful. Big and loud, like an English man on the cross-channel ferry. And they do children’s parties. A lot.
The Bruce Lee burger is not about price, or value for money. It’s a £11,49 burger, and you’re surely aware of the type of establishment that you’re going to. And it’s not a £0,99 from McClown. Neither a $2,000 “Glamburger”.
I’ve wanted to try this burger for a while now, but the opportunity somehow eluded me all this time. Until now.
The intriguing list of ingredients, and here’s the description from the menu, “Spicy Asian slaw, crispy noodles, jalapeños, sliced red chilies, toasted sesame seeds, hot Sriracha sauce and chili mayo” made me wonder about this burger:
- Is it lean and mean?
- Is it fast and kicking?
- Does it strike the fear of Kung-Fu into other burgers?
- Is it Chinese?
- Or is it like the grand master, dead?
Here I wait the answers to my questions with a tingling expectation through my body. Could this be the best thing to come out since “The Way of the Dragon”?
Could I take a bite and memories of Bruce Lee breaking Chuck Norris’ arm would flood back to me? Or will it be like calling a cucumber sandwich the “Chuck Norris sandwich”?
To start with the easy bits, the chips (fries) were a bit salty (straight from the kitchen), and the chili mayo, although it had the colour, the only hint of chili in it was from the writing on the menu. Not hot, therefore not cool.
Now for the burger. Firstly you can’t order it medium. Which I understand it’s policy. Then, see for yourself, (the image and the description), spicy slaw, jalapenos, red chilies, hot Sriracha…All good, but there was no heat from the burger at all. It’s lean, as the meat goes, but it’s not mean. It’s fast (I ate it quite rapidly) but it’s not kicking.
As far as the fear of Kung-Fu? Hmmmm, it could, but a lot of those things that should make it spicy and bold and kicking should be added. And to my last two questions, is it Chinese…no, it’s not. But that really doesn’t matter anymore.
Because the Bruce Lee burger is not dead. It might not be the best burger out there, (see the Juicy Lucy), it might not be the all kicking and mean burger I expected, but with some tweaks (like adding more spice) it could be quite good. Because for now, it’s only good.
As far as the ribs go, I found them a bit dry, the meat could have been softer, the glaze a touch “wetter”. I had better ribs recently in places like Wetherspoons, at almost half the price.