A typical summer block-buster padded with cliches like gun-totting ex-army men who just wanna burn and shoot everything, a career woman who wears Prada in an animal park, Christ Pratt doing one more of his something-cowboy acts – bike and all, a Chinese doctor called Dr. Wu (!), a flamboyant businessman who goes down in blazes of glory, two kids with divorcing parents and growing-up pangs, and enough self-references to the first movies, and product placements from Samsung to Starbucks — And yet, a rather enjoyable affair !!
The CGI dinosaurs are extremely convincing. The fight sequences are done with a good sense of direction and orientation. Some of the sights are terrific. The three sequences where the water-giant Mesosaur appears are probably the best. Hopefully this will get general public to look beyond T-Rex. The Raptors are terrific too, and the final fight sequence is quite satisfactory. The theme park itself, with 20,000 daily visitors, comes across very convincingly.
The story is linear and rather hollow though, along with its male chauvinistic undercurrents. There is wonder in some of the set pieces in terms of visuals (the attack on and from the aviary, for example), but no sense of suspense or drama. The suspense of what DNA goes into the new dinosaur is hardly convincing. And there is no gore. Not one bit. All the blood on screen must have come from a single test-tube.
It is a popcorn fare, made for 4 year old who watch it with bated breath. This last one is guaranteed though !
Two things I always crave for.. Good Food & Good Friends, and when one of my friend called me on one fine Sunday for lunch at Smokey’s BBQ and Grill for me it was hard to say no.
Although I am a pure vegetarian and having some apprehensions about the place famous for its meaty dishes but some how my friend convinced me that there are ample options available for the vegetarians.
Surrounded by big names, this place is really Amazing with rustic decor and lounge-cum-dinning seating style. The food is just another plus to the incredible ambiance and service.
Now the best part : Cocktails 🙂 I tried all the cocktails in their menu and no doubt I loved them all. They way they serve and the taste of each and every drink. Never had such tasteful cocktails anywhere else.
– Mimosa mimic,
– Lock stock & smokin’ barrel,
– Classic sour,
– Smokin’ cosmo sipper,
– Caribbean martini and
– Sin city LIIT.
We tried few vegetarian dishes:
– Zucchnini french fries
– Loaded potato skins
– Wild mushroom risotto
– Smokey’s style spaghetti
– Smokey’s style potato burger and
– Grilled veg + couscous hot dog.
Smokey’s also serves a tray of 6 sauces to each table so you can enjoy your food with the flavour of your choice.
I was impressed by all the veg dishes.
My rating :
Decor/Ambiance : 5/5
Cocktails : 5/5
Veg Food : 4/5
Service : 5/5
Chances to visit again this place : 99%
Heard a lot about this outlet and its food from my foodie friends. So recently when I was in CP with family I decided to give it a try. I am a big fan of Delhi street food and like spicy meals. Compare to Delhi, Bombay ( yes, for me it is still Bombay ) street food is totally different. Less spicy with different flavour. It was an early evening so we just ordered some snacks.
1.Vada Pao – It was just enough warm to eat. Portion size was too small. Taste average. (3/5)
2.Pav bhaji – Good taste but less spicy compare to Delhi version. (4/5)
3.Dhokla Papdi Chat – Portion size was good. Enough for 2 people. Loved it. (5/5)
4. Special Chinese Bhel – Something different. (3.75/5)
5- Kufi – Good taste. Must have (4.5/5)
6. Fruit Cocktail – Fresh Juice. Good taste. (4.5/5)
Ambiance : 4/5
Service : 5/5 ( Really quick )
Value for money : 3.75/5
And surprisingly they are also having branch on 6662 Southwest Fwy, Houston TX
The best place to have North Indian food in Hyderabad.
I was in Hyderabad for 8 days on business trip and was craving for North Indian street food. And this place fulfilled all my needs. Ordered Golgappas / Pyaj Kachori / Dhokla / Dahi Papdi / Pao Bhaji / Raj Kachori and lastly Dal Makhani and Missi Roti in main course 🙂
All the dishes were tasty and portion size was also more then enough.
And after all these, had Hot and tasty malai wall milk. 🙂
Service is quick and place is vibrant.
The best part of visiting Ladakh could well be the mesmerising, serene journey on road. Two roads connect Ladakh to the rest of the India. Of these, the Srinagar – Leh highway, or National Highway 1 ( Srinagar Leh route ), is easier to handle, and more convenient than the Manali – Leh highway.
The terrain is not so challenging, the Srinagar – Leh route is also dotted with scenic, ethereal spectacles, that transport you to another world altogether.
Sun-kissed apricots and pink apples from the trees entice visitors. Many guest houses even have these fruit trees growing in their courtyards. You can ask your hosts and feast on a few, straight from the tree! The Nubra river paints this village in rich strokes of green although this place is in the middle of a ‘cold desert.’ The desert is the main attraction, with its long stretches of sand dunes and camels. People can view and experience the desert while staying at the green and comfortable Hunder village. Don’t miss a ride on the two-humped Bactrian camels that can be seen there.