Now we get to find out why these men of the cloth were in such demand at social functions with the baldly titled ‘Some Vicars With Jokes’, a half hour of genial clerics cracking wise and acting the goat. And that’s pretty much all there is to tell. The wisecracks themselves are, shall we say, of a certain vintage, and all sound as if they’ve been ripped from the Dave Allen jokebook, but there are at least couple you might find yourself slipping into your own repertoire.
The decision to place the drollery against a flat, putty-coloured, computer generated backdrop is rather offputting, but the saintly stand-ups are good enough company to give this a look. Pick of the bunch is Reverend Paul Turp of St Leonard’s in Shoreditch who comes across like a depressive Micky Flanagan by way of Harold Pinter.
Kintan Oxford Circus
Part of the pleasure of this Japanese ‘yakiniku’ restaurant is that you just don’t expect it to be as good as it is. This branch (Kintan’s second) is in a basement off Oxford Circus and the wipe-clean menus are splashed with red-sticker deals (barbecue from £3! Appetisers from £1!). I kid you not: there’s a daily food ‘happy hour’ and it lasts for a minimum of six hours. That the food is a bit brilliant is a massive bonus. ‘Yakiniku’ means ‘grilled meat’ and that is absolutely the thing to order here, as there’s a smoky, thick-ridged grill built into your table, Korean-style. The meat and fish arrive raw and you get to do all barbecuing yourself. Don’t miss the spicy pork. You can order soy and sesame oil for dipping but you won’t need them – this pig was pre-marinated and was best enjoyed naked. Sweet, fatty toro beef was also ace, but it was with the plain tiger prawns that the magic of the barbecue came to the fore. You can really taste the charring. Of the non-barbecue items, bibimbap was a highlight, mixed at the table by our lovable waiter. Niku udon was more delicate and that’s something to bear in mind here, as the trad Japanese options did tend to be overwhelmed by the punchy Korean-influenced flavours. But Kintan is a real gem, and you will not get a lunch this decent for these prices elsewhere in Oxford Circus. Plus, there’s also something inherently lovely about transporting sizzling meat straight off the grill and into your mouth.
Venue says: “🍸🍴 Celebrate mothers day properly with a complimentary glass of prosecco alongside every purchase of the main BBQ!”