‘When people start involving religion, I get scared’. Wise words from the ever-wise Fazio, playing his customary youthful Robin to our bearded Batman in the case of an animal killer whose initial murder of a fish in a restaurant tank is soon followed by other, bigger, fish – actually a chicken.
Before this menagerie massacre, however, we have to endure 40 minutes of an achingly slow murder investigation alleviated only by Montalbano’s jokey interplays with fellow officers like the womanising Mimi and peachy keen but hopeless Catarella, and a clichéd Italian al fresco family lunch culminating in an obligatory argument.
Oddly, we lurch from this detective fiction ABC to a theological tale worthy of Umberto Eco, and while it’s clumsily done, it’s engaging and builds tension in such a way as to make us forgive the first 40 minutes of foolishness. Just.
Prime Burger Euston
Once upon a time the guys behind Prime Burger roamed the land serving their patties and buns at events. They've served Glastonbury-goers, London Olympians, Chelsea florists – even the American Ambassador, at his Fourth of July party. Now they've got a permanent spot here, with another site at St Pancras. Their patties are made from prime cuts (hence the name) from the forequarter and rib. They're slipped into combos like the 'guv'nor' (bacon, cheddar, gherkins, tomato, lettuce, onion and mustard mayo) and the 'crazy larry' (fresh jalapenos, hot chilli salsa, tomato, lettuce, onion and mayo). There's a veggie burger and a few chicken burgers too, if you don't fancy cow. Breakfasts also feature, including a hefty looking 'full monty'. Milkshakes, coffees and teas are on offer too. And if you want booze? There are wines, and Camden Town Brewery ales.
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