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“Low cost , large variety”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of The Holy Smoke

The Holy Smoke
Ranked #2,708 of 6,613 Restaurants in Chennai (Madras)
Cuisines: Indian, Barbecue, Asian, Chinese
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Low cost , large variety”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

The reataurant is not well designed for a Barbeque type service. You are lucky if you sit in the centre of the restaurant where the AC vents blow directly. In case you are assigned a seat around the walls / corners, you may get barbequed with sweat and heat along with the food on the table.......
Good spread of food compared to the price by BBQ Nation or similar service restaurants. Service is not up to the mark. But with that kind of charges, you can discount some errors.....

Visited July 2013
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chennai
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Holy smoke-going up in smoke?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

Parking check-problem
Welcome check-no problem
Food concept-no problem
Food served-big problem
Ambience-even bigger problem
Food quality-50:50
Value:problem
The whole show is contrived.the table top bbq counter is a farce.the meats were stone cold which could only mean it was reused from other tables.so required a 'talk'before fresh meats appeared and they were indeed good when hot and fresh.the veg starters were indeed a let down.the buffet was just passable.and the desserts were v basic though the flan was good.what doesn't work is the cheap quality of worn out cutlery and overall feeling of being amongst a rather tacky restaurant.what works is that the service is indeed prompt and courteous.and thank god for the NE staff who are ever helpful.this place needs a heavy fire probably to see some HOLY SMOKE coming out of their chimney.

  • Visited July 2013
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Chennai
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not tonight !!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

If you are looking for a place to treat yourself, go else where or cook at home...not here!!

Starters Average ....everything had a tangy ..lemony flavor... potato , baby corn...onion rings..panner..all of them. Pineapple starter was bearable !!
Buffet was bad....you know the smell of rice kept out for a day...that old fermented smell...that is how all the rice items were.

DONT EVEN LOOK INSIDE THE KITCHEN and incase you do....you will run !!

For the location they are in and the space, this food house can do much better..if they take a bit more care !!

Staff ...smiling and quick ! ( but you go there for food right !!)

  • Visited March 2013
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Chennai (Madras), India
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Sizzling barbecue”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

The place is aptly named. There's smoke rising from all the tables. They have an inbuilt hot plate kind of thing in all the tables. The smell and look of the sizzlers is yummy. They taste even yummier when the ever ready waiters serve them. We had visited twice both times with family and kids. The service was great and the variety was good too. It was good value for money.
The kebabs are juicy and spicy. They have a decent buffet both veg and non veg. The seating is ok.
Lighting could be more brighter. Would help in making the ambience more family friendly. Also most of the dishes in the buffet were spicy. They could add few less spicy dishes.
Overall a pocket friendly place for great kebabs. Will definetly visit again.

  • Visited December 2012
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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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25 reviews
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“Good to have lunch on weekdays”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

This place is situated in thoraipakkam, near TCS. You are bound to miss it due to bad visibility of the Restaurant name / Hoarding. So better keep looking for Home Mart Banner or Appa Kadai as it is adjoining to them.
Place is good to go on Weekdays as it is surrounded by many IT companies so you get better variety. but on weekends, variety is reduced and will be something very routine.
Its Barbeque was tasty and fresh. Buffet alignment is not good sply in case of salads n pickles as they keep both veg n non-veg salads together ant there is no clear differentiation between the 2, so veges plz be cautious.
Ambience is good. service is good. taste also good, decent on pocket but you'll get 5-6 varities only per course. Not much varities
Make sure to get advance RESERVATION. Don't be late after 10.30pm otherwise supervisor will ask you to finish of fast.

  • Visited March 2013
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