Monday, 20 April 2015

Review: Frankie and Benny's New York Italian Restaurant and Bar

Me and our little family were really pleased when we opened two envelopes which contained vouchers for us to go and review a Frankie & Benny's restaurant. 

Brandon has never been to one of Frankie & Benny's restaurant before, nor have the children Alesha and Alana. I myself, have only been twice a few years back when I lived up in Hamilton, Scotland.

Me,Brandon and our 'little legs' Alana took a trip to our local Frankie & Benny's in Teeside park, sadly Alesha wasn't with us as she had a sickness bug so was resting at home. When we entered we were greeted at the door and taken to a suitable table for the 3 of us. 

We had a good look through the menu, which contained a wide choice of food at reasonable prices. 
Brandon decided to go for the 2 courses on the lunch menu for £9.95. For his starter he choose the 'Crispy Coated Chicken Strips' two southern fried chicken breast strips, served on a honey mustard dressed lettuce leaves with clergy sticks and a pot of our delicious red french dressing on the side.

For his main course he choose the'Philly Cheeseburger' which was 'topped with our jalapeno cheese sauce, fresh baby gem lettuce, tomato, red onion, dill pickle and mayo. Served on a toasted sesame seed bun with house fries and a tomato chill relish on the side'.
I also choose decided to pick something from the lunch menu but I only went for 1 course which costs £6.95. I was debating between the 'Classic Hotdog' and the 'Chicken Penne Romana' and in the end I went for the 'Chicken Penne Romana' because it was something I haven't had before, whereas the 'Classic Hotdog' I've tried and tasted!

The 'Chicken Penne Romana' contained, chicken breast, spicy pepperoni and pancetta bacon tossed with mamma's rich neapolitan tomato and herb sauce. Freshly prepared to order and served with a choice of salad or house fries. 

The kid's menu for Alana was really worth it because for £4.95 it included a choice of a main, desert and also a drink. Whereas many restaurants don't include the choice of a drink within the price of the kids meal, it's normally charged separate .
Alana choose 'Beef Burger' a grilled 4oz burger served in a sesame bun with fries, and served with a side salad. Add cheese for no extra cost!'

When the waitress brought over Alana's meal we were surprised but in a good way because the portion size was a really good generous size for a kid's meal. A beautiful smile came across Alana's face when she realised it was for her, "is that my burger daddy"? I think she liked the look of her meal.

Overall we really enjoyed our meal out at Frankie and Benny's, the food tasted home made with fresh ingredients. The price of the food was a bargain as we would expect to pay a little more money for what we received. The toilet was easy to access and locate as it was situated at the front of the restaurant by the entrance door. Before Alana's meal she was given a kid's activity pack with puzzle, colouring sheet and some crayons, which was ideal to keep her entertained whilst she waited for her meal.

Sadly we have some downfall's during our visit to Frankie and Benny's. 
Firstly, with Brandon ordering a starter and me and Alana going straight to main meal and missing the starter, I thought the waitress might of asked if me & Alana wanted our meal brought out the same time as Brandon's starter, so we wouldn't be sat there looking at Brandon eating his starter. 
Secondly, I ordered salad with my 'Chicken Penne Romana' but when I was presented with my plate it sadly contained no salad but a side portion of fries!
Lastly, there was a family sat across from us on a table enjoying their food when the waitress just walked over and picked up the sauce off their table and gave it to another customer who was seated at another table. I personally thought that was very rude as she could of asked the family if they had finished using it etc, but instead she didn't say a word to them.
Those little mistakes which we experienced has not put us off Frankie and Benny's, we will be going back to that restaurant this weekend with Alesha and Brandon's parents. We personally prefer it over Chiquito's and TGI Friday's.

Frankie and Benny's have some brilliant money saving offers over on their website, for example
  • Join Frankie and Benny's rewards and receive £10 off and other exclusive offers via email
  • 20% Off your food bill if you join them online
  • 'Monday Madness' 25% off your food bill on Mondays after 5pm (voucher needed, register online)
  • Kids eat free when an adult meal is purchased from the main menu (voucher needed, register online)
Click here to be taken direct to their website to receive these wonderful offers.

You can also find Frankie and Benny's on Facebook and Twitter.

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