Jane Campion’s trippy Kiwi noir continues with the focus on Jonno and Robin’s relationship. Robin has predictably been stood down after her somewhat erratic performance last week. This frees her up to further explore the circumstances around her own teen trauma – the results are as disturbing as we’ve come to expect.
In terms of the hunt for Tui, parts of this episode seem like a pause for breath. All the same, ‘Top of the Lake’ feels genuinely emotionally literate as well as working as a thriller – Matt’s pain is gradually revealing itself too and we’re expecting a finale that satisfies and chills on many levels. Oh, and any drama that sneaks in a burst of New Zealand indie legends Straightjacket Fits is okay by us. As close to unmissable as TV gets just now.
It's all about street culture at this Essex Road bar - one of three London venues from the Barrio group. The vibe is influenced by urban art and music from some of the world's big cities - London, Lisbon, Miami, Mexico and elsewhere. Cocktails play a lead role here, not least during the generous happy hours. Options range from the rumshackle (Santa Teresa rum with orange curacao, orgeat, pineapple and lime) to the ram berry jam (homemade raspberry jam liqueur with Stoli vodka, lemon and cava) and the pinata paloma - a mix of tequila, passion fruit, fresh lime, guava and Ting served in a porcelain pinata. There's an international flavour to the bar food, with wasabi peas, chilli rice crackers and platters of meats and cheeses alongside mixed olives, chips with dips, houmous with pitta and ciabatta with olives and chorizo. The venue's centrepiece - a '70s caravan with one side lopped off - provides the plum seats.
Venue says: “The first (and some say best) of the Barrio familia Barrio Angel has built a reputation for all things tequila and rum, agave and cane.”