Series two, episode seven
For all the criticism levelled at its representation of Muslims, it’s the dearth of funny, well-written jokes that really plagues ‘Citizen Khan’. In this Christmas special, Mrs Khan decides that the family should have a traditional family do, and sends her Scrooge-like husband off to find a tree and some decorations for the occasion. Mr Khan (Adil Ray) reluctantly obliges, and a series of comic mishaps ensues.
The slapstick humour is arbitrary and predictable and almost every one-liner painfully contrived. Mr Khan himself is relatively compelling as a mickey-taking buffoon, but the supporting cast are bland, one-note characters who fare badly without Ray’s on-screen presence. The episode does have some heart and there is something resembling a pay-off, but don’t expect this mediocre offering to split any sides.
With Carioca also the name given to a resident of Rio de Janeiro, the focus here is on Brazilian food. The Boxpark Croydon container is a downsized follow-up to a restaurant that’s been trading in Brixton Market since 2012. For a true taste of Rio, try the ‘coxinhas’ – battered and deep-fried teardrops of shredded chicken. Carioca’s version is authentic, if a little smaller than the Brazilian original. Coffee is strong and sweet – just how Cariocas like it. Main location:Brixton Market But first check:@carioca_london
Venue says: “Get 10% off of your food bill when you mention Time Out at Carioca.”