The road taking TV drama from Britain to America is littered with failure: ‘Cracker’; ‘Cold Feet’; ‘Skins’; the godforsaken ‘Life on Mars’. But a high-concept piece like ‘Being Human’ feels like a good fit for a US audience primed for more supernatural action in the wake of ‘True Blood’, ‘Twilight’ et al. This is a very honorable effort: a little bit cheesier, a little bit brasher, a little bit noisier, but otherwise, capturing the tragicomic spirit of Toby Whithouse’s outstanding series.
For the uninitiated, it features two hospital grunts, a vampire (Aidan) and a werewolf (Josh), sharing a flat with a ghost (Sally – still stuck with a grey cardy) and coming to terms with their afflictions in the face of threats both natural and deeply weird. This opener doesn’t add much to the original concept, but it’s a promising start and will provide succour to those still mourning the original’s demise at the hands of BBC3.
Anatolian cooking is the focus at this restaurant and bar up in Cockfosters. That means a mix of Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, with a white-hot charcoal grill doing much of the work. The menu ranges from hummus, shakshuka, taramasalata and pan-fried lamb's liver with red onions, parsley and cumin to lamb chops, chicken shish and fillet of lamb cooked on the coals, octopus cooked in a Bertha grill and a variety of pide baked in a stone oven. Desserts include passion fruit crème brûlèe, chocolate and beetroot brownies, ice cream shakes and baked alaska, here made with Ferrero Rocher ice cream. The wine list offers a good mix of old and new world options, with a few bottles from Turkey in there too. Nine are available by the glass.
Venue says: “Skewd revisits authentic Anatolian cooking methods and adds an explosive burst of flavours.”