We suppose it’s just about possible that ‘Arrested Development’ won’t be the defining show of Will Arnett’s career. But we’re pretty confident that ‘The Millers’ won’t be much more than a marginal memory. The scenario feels familiar – it’s the old ‘adult children have to live with their annoying parents again’ set-up.
Here, the news that Arnett’s Nathan has divorced prompts his parents into an instant reassessment of their stale marriage. And inevitably, that means Nathan’s mum has to come and live with him. Everyone involved – from bumbling dad Tom to Nathan’s wingman Ray – feels like a grotesque stereotype and the laughter track and lowest common denominator humour make the whole thing feel like a relic of a less ambitious comedy era. Disappointing.
Despite growing competition, the Opera Tavern remains one of Covent Garden's best dining options and among London’s top tapas restaurants. Formerly a pub, it’s split into a slightly charmless upstairs restaurant and a cosy, mirror-backed bar at street level. The latter has been stylishly updated with chocolate leather bar stools, copper spotlights and an open grill; the main kitchen is in the beer cellar. The Spanish-Italian menu is kept fresh with regular specials. The signature burger of juicy ibérico pork and foie gras remains deservedly popular, though more inventive combinations better showcase the kitchen’s delicate touch and careful sourcing of ingredients. Char-coated venison was enlivened by jerusalem artichoke, pickled walnuts and truffle, while the natural sweetness of scallops (served in the shell) was balanced by a feather-light pea, fennel and mint purée. Watch out, though: portions are dainty and it’s easy to rack up a hefty bill. The Spanish and Italian wine list is well curated; smooth and nutty manzanilla pasada is the ideal aperitif for sherry sceptics. Little touches such as allowing diners a taste before committing to a glass exemplify the sophisticated, amiable service. Opera Tavern is part of the Salt Yard Group, along with Dehesa in Soho and Salt Yard in Fitzrovia.
Venue says: “Heading to the theatre in Covent Garden this month? Our tapas menu of small plates is perfect for a quick pre-theatre or post-theatre meal!”