We spent my hubby's birthday strolling around Greenbelt 3, 4, and 5. Then we had dinner at Friday's in Glorietta. We decided to start with our all-time favorite Fried Mozzarella (P275), six pieces of mozzarella cheese coated in special Italian-style breading, then deep-fried and served with a rich Marinara sauce. It was a bit pricey for half a dozen deep-fried cheese but the oozing dairy goodness dipped in special salsa was palatably worth it. I could eat more than a dozen of those but restrained myself to make room for the main dish.
I ordered the Jack Daniel's Chicken (P355). Two juicy chicken breasts basted in a sweet, savory glaze and garnished. Served with Chef's vegetables, grilled corn, choice of cheddar cheese mashed potatoes or rice pilaf and their original Jack Daniel's sauce. The mashed potatoes certainly deserve special mention. I usually don't like mashed potatoes, as most of the time they taste artificial or bland. I was hesitant to go with the mashed potatoes, but thinking I should cut my rice intake (don't look at me like that, I know they're both starch and carbo, it just sounds like a more disciplined woman to say that I'm cutting my rice intake), I opted for the former. And great thing I did. It was the best mashed potatoes I've ever tasted (not that I've tasted mashed potatoes from every restaurant, nonetheless it's the best for me so far). There are little pieces of potatoes embedded for texture, which is why it's more flavorful than those totally mashed artificial-tasting ones. The chicken was alright, some parts were a bit tough but manageable. It would have been tastier if the poultry had more juice. The sauce on the other hand, tasted so good with the chicken albeit too sweet.
My hubby order the Jack Daniel's Pork Chops (P585). Two pieces of thick 230 g pork chops and a hefty helping of cheddar cheese mashed potatoes or rice pilaf. Served with seasonal vegetables, grilled corn and their original Jack Daniel's sauce. The pork chops were more tender and the combination of the meat and sauce was much better appreciated. As with my order, the mashed potatoes were great and the grilled corn also makes for a delectable side dish.
We washed the heavy meal down with my favorite variant of iced tea, the Strawberry Iced Tea. Good thing it was bottomless, I just couldn't get enough of it.