Dining review: No thumbs adult for food during Studio Movie Grill
February 15, 2015 - bbq set
Don’t we hatred it when people give divided a luscious tools of a cinematic story – like who died, who fell in love, who rode off into a sunset, who scarcely gagged on something called “jalapeño tartar sauce”?
But we wish you’ll pardon me for divulgence a few distinct sum about what we saw during Studio Movie Grill, a prohibited new dinner-and-a-flick investiture in Rocklin in that food is served as if you’re during a grill while we watch a first-run melodramatic film on a large screen. It’s an knowledge that includes gentle seating, implausible leg room, spasmodic courteous servers, beer, wine, cocktails and, well, overcooked pig chops.
Warning: Plot spoiler ahead. There’s an generally unappetizing stage in “Unbroken,” a World War II triumph-of-the-spirit film destined by Angelia Jolie, whose character behind a camera will never be described as pointed or restrained. American bombardier Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) pile-up lands in a ocean. During his 47 days in a lifeboat, he catches a bird, and with his dual starving companions, cooking it raw. Bad idea. They ensue to puke in unison.
I was dual bites into my “Megaplex” burger when that happened. It’s a $12.50 burger with a morally luscious beef patty that is conjunction tiny nor remotely “mega,” with dual kinds of cheese, bacon, red onion and an altogether ho-hum flavor.
I’m meditative Studio Movie Grill – SMG – should advise viewers about certain film moments. After all, we’re ostensible to be eating while examination new releases in what has to be a cleanest and many atmospheric film museum we have ever enjoyed.
For “American Sniper,” a film we saw on another visit, a warning could go like this: War is nauseous and a description in this film is no exception. There will be trebuchet glow and some people will explode. There will be conduct shots, and smarts will splatter on a wall behind those heads. Also: The cinema are additional shrill so business can speak and we can still collect adult a dialogue. The museum competence be so dim during times we will be incompetent to see your food. Order wisely.
With “Unbroken,” we soldiered on by that stomach-churning scene. After all, we was there to field-test what could good be a viable, if not totally constrained grill concept. But on this sold evening, it usually got worse. As a restrained of fight in Japan, Zamperini is strike in a face and beaten with a hang – not once or twice, though dozens of times, until a indicate is driven home that being a POW really, unequivocally sucks.
The food that night stopped brief of being a punch in a face. It was some-more like a slap in a face, both in terms of peculiarity and order-ability. During a march of a evening, we winced. we cringed. we ate popcorn – pre-popped and chewy, rather than light and feathery and fresh, and with a sugary-sweet note to a butter that done me consider “Stevia spillage.”
My companions and we were sensitive by a accessible server that SMG was out of a coconut duck tenders we coveted. Then we schooled they were out of a half-rack of smoked pig ribs. By a time we listened there was no some-more mac and cheese, we wanted to have a small “First World” tantrum. But we looked adult during a shade and Zamperini was removing strike upside a conduct with a hang once again. He was fighting to reason on, so we did as well.
I ate partial of a cheese pizza with an acceptably proposal and feathery membrane that was usually marginally improved than a solidified pies we remember from my college days. The blackened duck salad was dry and underwhelming. Like a POW, we began to fantasize that we had transient and was protected during home – gargling and flossing.
I steadied my nerves with a potion of cabernet sauvignon, aptly named “Freakshow.” It had records of developed black cherries and gentle plum sauce, with severe tannins that felt like a left offshoot to a kisser. The finish? Why would we finish it?
That initial dinner-and-movie combo was not a thumbs-up success. The food done a Cheesecake Factory demeanour like a French Laundry. The drink preference was lacking, as if this unequivocally contemporary association was unknowingly that qualification drink is a thing.
But a film knowledge itself – by that we meant though eating anything on-site – was tremendous. The seating is a best we have ever encountered, so gentle and atmospheric we could entirely extend my legs and not strech a chair in front of me. The volume in a museum is unequivocally shrill – like, so shrill your waiter can scream during we that they’re out of a mac and cheese, and we can shout, “Bummer!” and no one in a museum even notices.
In theory, a dinner/movie routine is easy and seamless. You press a symbol on a swiveling list trustworthy to your seat. A server comes and takes your order. In no time, a food arrives, solely when a server forgets something (like a burger).
When we wish something else, simply strike a symbol and a server will respond. One time, a attainment was roughly instantaneous. Another time, it took 30 minutes. There were other issues: When we asked for utensils to go with a meal, and a server soon returned with one set for a whole party.
If we wish to give SMG a go, don’t even consider about display adult though renting a seat. This isn’t like cinema behind in 2013. This is 2015, and we can buy your tickets online, indicate your cellphone in front of a appurtenance during a front doorway and watch your sheet get printed.
You also can collect your seats beforehand, that is nice. You can strut in fashionably late and know precisely where we will be sitting. The seating is organised so that no one blocks your view. But a seats adult front are so tighten to a shade a knowledge jolts a senses. The cinema are $9, allied to cinema during other theaters, and there is no requirement to sequence anything.
With 2 hours and 17 mins of “Unbroken” behind us, we returned days after for something even some-more violent. Apparently, we can't etch fight on film though an upchuck moment. In “American Sniper,” destined by Clint Eastwood, Sienna Miller pukes not prolonged after assembly Bradley Cooper in a bar. we was dual bites into my duck nachos. we was 4 bites in when they got married. Eastwood’s pacing is dictatorial that way.
The SMG pacing? Not utterly as skillful. The film started during 6:25 p.m. We got there during 6:35. We systematic during 6:49. The appetizers arrived 5 mins later. Our cooking entrees came to us during 7:25. By then, Cooper was a many inclusive sniper in U.S. troops history, and someone in a kitchen had done certain a “Loli-Chop Pork Chop” ($14.50) was baked all a approach through. It was inedible. The cruelly sour agave nectar BBQ salsa done certain of that.
The tempura-battered fish and chips were like something we competence find in a high propagandize cafeteria – 3 pieces of mahi-mahi boiled in oil that was not prohibited enough, so a beat became greasy. That jalapeño tartar salsa was unpalatable.
Studio Movie Grill is a sequence with 20-plus restaurant/theater properties in Texas, Florida, Arizona and beyond. The thought on paper seems appealing, generally if you’re into multitasking. But a food simply isn’t good adequate to turn an constituent partial of a experience.
But we rarely suggest saying cinema here. You can haven your seats, compensate in advance, arrive when we like and, best of all, we are underneath no requirement to sequence any food.
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Studio Movie Grill
5140 Commons Drive
Hours: Varies; check uncover times.
Beverage options: Beer, booze and an collection of cocktails.
Vegetarian friendly: Somewhat.
Gluten-free options: Yes.
Noise level: Volume of a cinema is loud.
Ambiance: Theaters are delightfully clean, atmospheric and comfortable.
Overall ☆1/2 (out of 4 stars)
This try during a dining-and-movie judgment has potential, though when we make food a focal indicate of your business, it had improved be good. It’s not. Because a museum knowledge is differently unequivocally positive, this could unequivocally work, though usually with an renovate of a food and libation component.
If a place like Applebee’s leaves we underwhelmed, a food here is worse, from a clichéd names to a constructed creativity (jalapeño tartar salsa with a fish and chips, agave nectar BBQ salsa with a “Loli-Chop Pork Chop”). Even a popcorn, a film museum staple, is terrible. The burger and fries are decent. The pig clout was overcooked. The “adult peaked milkshakes” were honeyed and juicy though so diseased we couldn’t detect any signs of alcohol. Needs poignant improvement.
They’re trying. We encountered accessible folks doing their best underneath perplexing conditions (taking orders in a dim in a center of a movie). But we’d cite to have some-more record involved, like a touchscreen to place a sequence rather than ungainly murmur to a servers during a movie.
If we always felt film theaters were gouging we with a cost of popcorn, candy and soothing drinks, we might be astounded by how reasonable a prices are. The half-rack of ribs with slaw is $14.95. The pig clout with pig swell mac and cheese is $14.50. Cocktails are $8 to $10. Draft drink is $4.75 to $5.75 for a pint. If a peculiarity of a food improves, a value could be outstanding.