In the aftermath of World War II, the De Havilland Comet seemed symbolic of a new era. There was something raffishly Terry-Thomas about this high-flying, fast cruising and luxurious passenger jet and people fell hard for its charms. If a plane keeps crashing, though, it’s a problem and the Comet had a definite propensity in that area.
This documentary explores the crashes and their aftermath during which an exhaustive enquiry was launched into the plane’s possible structural flaws. And here’s where the film gets a little niche. If wingflaps, throttles, metal fatigue and wreckage analysis is your bag, then you’re in luck. But otherwise, despite various game attempts to posit the Comet’s struggles as a pivotal moment in Britain’s industrial decline, you may find this a touch dry.
High Holborn is not short of places to eat, but Kintan, a pair of large rooms containing what claims to be London’s first dedicated ‘yakiniku’ restaurant, is a welcome addition nonetheless. Yakiniku is Japanese for grilled meat, and the Japanese version is adapted from Korean barbecue. It’s all DIY here: they bring you a small plate of lightly marinated fish or meat and you cook it on an electric grill sunk into table, Korean-style. The lunch set also includes rice and a cup of miso soup to start. A meal of this kind is only as good as the ingredients it begins with, and here the ingredients were up to snuff: we had prawns and chicken thighs, and both were expertly marinated, each in its own marinade. The rice could have done with a little more al dente bite, but at £13 (it would be £17 with three meats) this was an eminently satisfying light lunch. Had we wanted something meatier, we could have chosen from a list that also included pork belly, beef skirt and short ribs among other things. But you should consider letting the cooks do the cooking for you. Tofu chigae (a Korean stew served in a savoury broth) was well executed, piping hot, and ample in portion. So was sukiyaki bibimbap, the famous Korean rice dish here served with flavourful beef and just the right amount of chilli-heat. Perhaps the best dish of all was what they called ‘spicy addictive cabbage’, a Japanese-style version of the more familiar Korean kimchee, but with a shorter marinating time leaving crunchie
Venue says: “Do not miss our happy hour (everyday lunchtime as well as evenings!). It's a great deal to sample our food and drinks! Let's get grilling.”