How many times have you rocked up at a train station and found yourself having to spend ages passing time. I usually do this on my phone in a mediocre Starbucks wasting money on drinks I don’t even enjoy.
Things are looking up at Manchester Piccadilly and there have been some superb additions in the last few months including Carluccio’s and The Hourglass. Amongst the newcomers is TGI Friday’s Fast Track and I popped in early one morning to try their fast track breakfast service where they promised to have food to us within 10 minutes of ordering.
We kicked things off with a cappuccino and a flat white. The second day of jet lag is an absolute killer and my new found love of coffee was the only thing that was going to get me through a long day at a travel conference in London. The cappuccino was ok but not as hot as I would have liked. I think they took the fast track thing a little too seriously with this one! I believe the flat white hit the mark with Charlie though.
I opted for the Cajun chicken hash at £7.99 whilst Charlie wanted something heavier and decided to try the American breakfast at £9.99. The chicken was a little dry in my hash yet lightly spiced topped with two runny eggs meaning my plan to leave a lot of the potatoes went out of the window. The introduction of eggs benedict fries at Splendid Sausage means runny yolk dripping onto potato products is a firm favourite of mine. Charlie’s breakfast was vast and well cooked yet all a little too sweet together with candied bacon, an American pancake and sweetened BBQ baked beans. It was much more up my street being the one with the sweet tooth.
We were in, fed and out within 30 minutes which is pretty good going considering we can talk for England. There’s an array of technology for the commuter including wifi, usb charging sockets and numerous regular power sockets for all those iPhone users trying to get near the 2 plugs near the ticket office. Yes, I’ve been there. As well as a decent breakfast menu there’s a fast track lunch/dinner menu too as well as a cocktail list and a selection of desserts. The promise of a cocktail near a power socket beats anywhere else to go whilst waiting for a train in Piccadilly for me, hands down.
We dined as guests of TGI Friday’s and weren’t asked to pay for our meal. As always this is an honest review and I’ll be back next time I’m ridiculously early to grab a bite… and charge my phone.