Sky1’s new post-apocalyptic drama series arrives with some pretty heady credentials. Directed by ‘Iron Man’ helmer Jon ‘Favs’ Favreau and exec-produced by the preternaturally busy JJ Abrams (‘Lost’, the big screen ‘Star Trek’ reboot, etc.), and starring the supremely cool Billy Burke (‘Twilight’) and Giancarlo Esposito (the nosy FBI agent from ‘The Usual Suspects’) as his evil opposite number, it sounds like it should all pretty much take care of itself.
A bizarre – and as yet very hazily delineated – global event has banjaxed all electrical systems (including, oddly, battery power) and sent humankind back to the Stone Age. Cue bands of marauding gangs asset-stripped from ‘Mad Max’ and ‘The Road’, a band of rag-tag heroes pulled out of ‘The Walking Dead’ and a black-clad ruling militia plucked wholesale from any ’80s video shelf.
The lead character, meanwhile, is a plucky blonde girl with a $1,000 leather jacket and longbow who will be mightily familiar to anyone who’s seen ‘The Hunger Games’. Derivative, dated, poorly scripted, opportunistic and plodding – episode two follows at 10pm for those with too much time on their hands.
What’s more deliciously French than crêpes? Crêpes, galettes and cider. Which makes Mamie’s crêperie-cum-cidrotheque – that’s a cider bar, bébé – basically the culinary equivalent of Brigitte Bardot. Set across three levels of a Covent Garden space, the vibe is cosy-chic, with lots of hanging plants, warm lighting and a little open kitchen – which you can peak into and watch the chefs work their magic. On my visit the basement cider bar was still under construction, so it was pancakes only, ordered via a swish iPad system and dished up in what felt like seconds. First up were the galettes, French savoury pancakes made with buckwheat flour. Combining the chewiness of a dosa with the buttery crispiness of a crêpe, it’s the quality of this flat fella that makes Mamie’s such a big deal. The Forest Complète was excellent – topped with a luxurious melding of emmental, garlic mushrooms, thin-cut ham and beautifully runny egg – but the galette itself is so good you can ask for it plain, a perfect light bite for £3.50. Things are almost as good on the sweet side of the menu. The La Gauguin crêpe was a wonderfully boozy mess of flambéed banana and chantilly cream – and arrived at the table literally on fire. Feeling health-conscious? There’s an option on those iPads to make your crêpe vegan or dairy free. In fact, you can use them to build your own personal crêpe-galette nirvana from a range of luscious toppings (goat’s cheese, blue cheese, honey, sausage… ooh la la!). Once the cidr
Venue says: “Homemade buckwheat blinis topped with slices of foie gras & served with a fig chutney! Just perfect with one of our Cider-Based Cocktail!”