People getting high can spell certain doom for TV dramas, especially those as concerned with the zeitgeist as ‘Girls’. So it’s to the show’s credit that Hannah and Elijah’s big night out on coke is only excruciating in the best possible sense. Having inveigled drugs out of her ex-junkie neighbour in characteristically crass fashion, they talk shit in the flat before hitting the clubs and bumming each other’s vibes during a rare moment of mutual emotional honesty. With Jessa and Shoshannah almost entirely sidelined tonight (Lena Dunham seems to be struggling to find anything interesting for the latter at all this series), Marnie is the unlucky girl dragged into their self-absorption and away from an ill-advised fling with bell-end artist Booth Jonathan (providing tonight’s requisite dose of awkward sex). After an uncertain start to the second season, ‘Girls’ is finding its feet again – although a little more of the ensemble cast and a little less Hannah wouldn’t go amiss.
As the name suggests, the vista at this Point Pleasant restaurant plays a part in its appeal – it's right on the banks of the Thames, where the river weaves past Wandsworth Park. There's a good-looking terrace upstairs that should prove a draw when the sun is out. The modern-European looks adventurous, with dishes such as wild boar ravioli with butter and thyme, chestnut purée, lavender petals and grated dark chocolate, beef tartare with parmesan, cured free-range egg yolk and cep dust, and creamed carrot soup and seared mackerel with baby carrots and fennel scented vegetables. Bar snacks including plantain chips with coconut mayo, parsnip crisps with houmous and chorizo croquettes with aioli help soak up wines from a list focused on the old world.