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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

A Soho basement smokehouse.

I love a rebel. Temper gallops up to the ‘cooking on charcoal’ bandwagon, then sets it on fire. Imagine smoked meat and fish served over tacos and flatbreads, with pow-pow Asian and Latin spices. It’s one of those rare, holy-shit-I’ve-not-eaten-like-this-before places.

This Soho joint, from Scottish chef Neil Rankin (Smokehouse, Bad Egg) sources top-notch whole carcasses, which are grilled or smoked in slabs – a cow’s entire ribcage, a legless goat (no jokes, please) – ahead of slicing or dicing. The most straightforward dishes are those served over a ‘flatbread’ (more of a basic roti, made with rendered animal fat and puffed up on the grill) in small, affordable portions. Try the impossibly juicy pork, or the full-flavoured smoked goat. To this bread-and-meat-combo, you add up to eight exotic sprinkles and salsas (all homemade). I loved the simplicity of their ‘green sauce’: just lime juice, coriander and garlic.

But it’s with the tacos where things really get interesting. They grind the corn on site (of course they do), and because these rough, rustic little discs are hand-pressed, they’re thicker than usual, so you can really taste – and feel – the corn. But the fillings, oh, the fillings. I adored the soy-cured beef. This is a twist on a yukhoe (a Korean ‘steak tartare’), which they make by stripping off the outside of a half-smoked joint of beef to expose the uncooked bit underneath (sort of like using the inside of a medium rare steak), then hand-chopping and mixing with apple, homemade red chilli sriracha, sesame and soy. It’s an addictive, melt-in-the-mouth jumble: smoky, sweet, fragrant, salty and fiery. It’s epic.

Or ‘blowtorched’ mackerel, served with two kinds of citrus (lime juice and bergamot – bergamot!), a creamy mix of avocado and sour cream, an emulsion of smoked mussels, shavings of deliciously salty bottarga (a cured Sicilian fish roe) and more of that lovely green sauce. Don’t miss the terrific raclette potatoes (cooked in rendered animal fat with lashings of cheese), either. Oh, and the moreish scotch bonnet chilli nachos. Order many, many portions. Trust me.

Then, just when you think the food can’t get any more exciting, along come the puds. There’s a kouign-amann (a puff pastry ‘cake’) soaked in sweet-and-salty butterscotch and served – as if it wasn’t rich, buttery and nom-nom enough – with a dulce de leche ice cream. There’s also a dish filled with cookie dough, baked so it’s crunchy on the outside but gooey in the middle (where you’ll find a semi-cooked brigadeiro: a Brazilian ball of cocoa-and-condensed milk). You know all those childhood fantasies about being allowed to eat the dough from the mixing bowl? This is all those dreams, come true.

And though the semi-industrial spot is in a large windowless basement, it has a fire at its heart. There’s a huge rectangular counter with grills in the middle (sit there if you’re on a date; grab a booth if you’re with pals), music that’s fun-loving, a bill that won’t upset you and staff that act like they care, first and foremost, about you having a really good time. I’ll drink to that. Mezcal please, barkeep.


Address: 25 Broadwick Street
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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I really admire Ms Ballantine's enthusiasm for this venue. But sadly I don't share it. I can only assume she's a partner or friend of the venue. A hobby of mine is to walk from north london into town and as a reward have a lovely lunch. I can think of few times when the food has been so underwhelming. Dry goat on dry flat bread, chewy beef on dry flat bread, nothing to accompany it Well cooked whole mackerel with tough mini tortilla, burnt lemons and a herb bouquet and bland oily boiled potatoes with cheese. What a shame, as the restaurant looks great, has a great atmosphere, staff we met were friendly enough and professional. The pigs head Taco we tried was lovely. But still we left feeling like we had just been fleeced., and that's been a rare feeling in this city for the last few years. I really wanted to like it more, but if you want meat and bread then I'd suggest kebab.

Maybe we caught it on a off day. But at these prices it shouldn't happen.

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Such a hotly anticipated evening at Temper unfortunately lacked the heat. Jumping on- board the current BBQ trend this is a very competitive area right now,  with restaurants the like of Smokestack doing this incredibly well.

Our waiter unfortunately was very young, inexperienced and uninspiring when chatting us through the menu, his lack of knowledge apparent by continually Relaying his prepared 3 lines.  The menu seemed very gimmicky and limited.  The beef simply did not make the grade, our 100 gram portion was disappointing and fatty. Our side of corn was half popped and felt more like I should be in Shoreditch then Soho. I really had wanted to like Temper and at £120 for dinner for two there are better BBQ specialists in town. 

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My husband loves their dessert there and can't stop talking about it! :) 

Standard food, small portions, stupid prices, Tick,tick, tick... Long que, staff were rude staff, basic food, Tick, tick, tick... Went with the highest of hopes, Time Out, you’ve got me on the ropes! Tick, tick, tick... The lamb portions were minor notes, They laughed their way down my throat, Tick, tick, tick... Christmas cheer was not present here, A good atmosphere but thats all, I fear, What can I say, stay clear! Their deep cookie dough rut had nothing on pizza hut. Tick, tick, tick... what a wast of my time.


If you want fire, carcinogens, meat, mescal, heat and spices; then temper would be your kinda thing.

What we had: 

  • Wagyu beef with kimchi hollandaise
  • mullet ceviche tostadas
  • red curry beef skewer
  • smoked lamb shoulder on flatbread
  • beef fat potatoes with Ogleshield cheese
  • smoked beets, quinoa, apple
  • black vinegar mushroom
  • baked cookie with ice cream
  • yuzu sorbet

There are a lot of flavours going on at temper and it’s located in good foodie company, in the heart of Soho where all the good foodie hangouts are. The entrance is designed like as if you’re entering an industrial apparel store with its slick black iron railings and timber finishings. As you descend down the stairs, a waft of the grill and a slight smokiness surrounds you. The restaurant opens out and is dimly lit with green accents and cosy booths. Behind the open kitchen, flames dance, fat sizzles and inevitably, your stomach grumbles in unison. The beef here is pretty darn tasty, full of that delicious charcoal carcinogen flavour and yet succulent. The kimchi hollandaise wasn’t very memorable, however, the only dish I was quite disappointed in was the smoked lamb shoulder which I found too dry for my liking. The red curry beef skewer is delicious and all the sides although on the smaller side, were great for sharing. The mushrooms were a favourite with my companions. As for dessert, don’t go past the baked cookie in the cast iron dish. it’s gooey in all the right places and easy for sharing so you can share the guilt. I’d recommend bringing your squad so you can taste the whole menu. 

Tip: booth seating is great especially if you would like a bit of privacy

Good For: large groups, catch up with friends, business lunch/ dinner, date night, Sunday roast 

I went to Temper Soho with friends and we really enjoyed the concept, especially sitting around the fire pit, watching the cooking process is a great experience, 

Latin American Flavors are rich but I was disappointed by the quality of the meat dishes which was their special cut and signature, it was really chewy and overcooked! loved the slowed cooked goat dish it was so tender and flavorsome. its a great concept but they need to pay attention to their main feature more carefully.


Temper Soho was my birthday treat, and what a treat it was!

We had some of the daily cut of steak bavette, smoked lamb shoulder, the potatoes, and their mushrooms, and everything was fabulous! The wine was also a delight. As was the mini-skillet cookie we shared for a dessert (made even better by the fact it came complete with a birthday candle!).

Great venue for a date - well recommended!


I'd been to the newest Temper in Covent Garden so I thought it'd be nice to see how the Soho branch compared. I'd read that each branch sort of specialises in something different so I was ready to go! 

We were greeted at the entrance by a very friendly man, who then showed us downstairs to our table. He was so polite and cheerful, it made for a great start to our evening! Once seated, we had a quick browse through the menu because let's be real, my friend and I had already checked it out online before coming ;) So between the two of us, we shared the following: 

1. Aged Cheeseburger Taco - Really unique and quite delicious! I loved how the cheese was melted nicely and placed as a slice below our mini burger patty. The addition of chopped red onions and some homemade sauce brought it all together. 

2. Aubergine, Chipotle, Green Chili Tostada - Something different but delicious nonetheless! I liked how we could tell the tostadas were homemade, gave it a warm touch and the ingredients placed on top were great!

3. Argentinian Beef Sausage Flatbread - Another great order and I loved how the sausage just fell apart when we dug into it. It was soft and so tasty! It had some sort of sauce underneath (maybe caramelised onions?) which went super well with it. 

This wasn't much but it did mean we had space for dessert (elsewhere!). I'd definitely come back again to try some of their meats out, as we saw them cooking in the open kitchen and boy, did they look appetising! The service was great, like I said, we were greeted really well. Our waiter was very nice as well and the service was quick because we got in there before the dinner crowds did. The atmosphere was nice because it felt rather spacious but it did get increasingly louder as dinner went on. 


Disclosure - I have only eaten the goat tacos and consumed cocktails in Temper, but boy, were they good tacos and cocktails! The goat was the best I've ever eaten, barbequed over coals so what you get is great tasting meat with a delicious crisp. The Irn-Bru spritz (I can't remember the name!) is a cool twist on Aprerol Spritz. Oh, and the hot staff in their slim fitting black t-shirts are a delight to behold! 


A really excellent barbecue joint that's well designed with great staff and excellent ambience. Luckily sat at the bar so was consistently given off cuts of meat from the chefs, who you can watch in action. The food is the real talking point here, I was a massive fan of the burnt end Thai Larb and lamb birria but in truth it was all excellent

For groups: a scam! - Do yourself a favour and stay away from this hipster wannabe-hotspot

I booked this restaurant for a 15-people company dinner on Tuesday February 6 after having done quite a bit of research on London spots. It was recommended by Eater in their "top 38" for London and ranked #3 of Time Out's top 100.

The reviews said the meat was sublime and that the reviewers were so full after the main course that they could barely eat dessert.

The process of tweaking the set "feast menu" that they offer for groups at 55 pounds went smoothly enough, they did have a table for us when we arrived, the starter tacos were delicious, and the desserts were nice.  However, that's all the positive things I can say.

Service was a disaster. Despite knowing when we were supposed to arrive and having agreed on a set menu, it took more than 45 minutes from sitting down until we got our starters.  Trying to order drinks was hopeless most of the time.  And the attitude of the head server and the manager on duty was deplorable, but I will explain that later.

The tacos we were served as starters were served with less mini-tortillas than the people we were on the table, so people just had to eat the filling with their fork.

But the worst thing was the main course: three different meats that were supposed to be a "feast" and were anything but. Quantity per person was ridiculously small - at one end of the table they left a plate (that was not piled up) for 7 people! It probably had enough meat for 4, if that, lukewarm, and actually nothing special taste-wise, rather bland. When they posed that plate on the table I asked the server whether they were bringing more meat because that was not enough (each person on that side got the equivalent of two bites of each of the three meats), and he said he’d check with the chef and get back to us.  We all wished afterwards that we had taken pictures of that ridiculous plate of meat to be able to share them here.

Ten minutes later he came back and said that what we’d been served was the weight of meat we were supposed to have and that if we wanted more we’d have to pay for it.  That was the first we heard about a weight limit on the main course meat, which is in and of itself not an issue, but we said that whatever that limit was (he didn’t want to tell us), what we had was not enough meat per person, something had to have gone wrong!  We asked him to get the on-duty manager and he said it was himself, just great.  We asked him to fix the situation and check again with the chef, and he didn’t come back until 20 minutes later to ask: “is everything ok?” as if nothing had happened.  Really?  I told him to ask the side of the table with one plate per 7 people if they had eaten enough and he didn’t want to do it.  The third time I told him, he asked, and people said they were still hungry.  It didn’t matter, since he didn’t budge.  And he left again.

After 5 more minutes an equally hopeless girl came over, saying she was indeed the on-duty manager and that the other guy was only the head server.  That the weight of meat on the main course per person was 180g and that we had gotten that, when there was no way that infamous 7-people plate had 1.26kg of meat on it.  At that point, the dinner and fantastic mood we’d arrived in had been ruined for all of us.  We kept discussing with her, but she just kept parroting the same words over and over.  We (my boss, a Marketing Senior Vice President, sitting next to me talking to her, and myself, an event manager with over 10 years’ experience in hospitality) had never run into such an incompetent restaurant responsible and gave up and requested to get the desserts brought over so that at least people would stop being hungry. 

To top it off, out of the four sauces we’d negotiated to have together with the meat when organising the set menu, only two were ever brought over, and there was only one tiny saucer of each of the two to be shared along the 15-people table: a few people ate their lukewarm bland two bites of meat with no sauce whatsoever.

In the end she brought two extra desserts and removed the service charge (the least she could do considering the fiasco), but the night and the restaurant had already been labelled a disaster.  We could only count ourselves lucky that it wasn’t customers we’d brought here but only our own colleagues.

Our point of view is that they’ve gotten too successful for their own good and that they’re squeezing the cow for as much as they can before people move on to the next thing, not caring what experience their customers have in the meantime.  STAY AWAY!!!


Had the Sunday roast which isn't your typical roast but enjoyable. I was looking forward to roast potatoes but was presented with potatoes covered in cheese, these were nice but some tradition's of a roast I prefer to remain. The lamb was nicely flavoured and beautifully moist and accompanied the crisp Yorkshire puddings well. Not your average Sunday roast garnish either but deliciously appealing and enough gravy to go swimming in. 

For desert I opted for the cookie dough and milk ice cream! the perfect ending to a hearty meal these cold winter Sundays. 


Delicious, meaty goodness, a great soundtrack, and fun music. This is a great restaurant to visit for a fun night out with some delicious food. I must admit that I felt a bit sick the next day from all the meat I had consumed, but that's probably more down to what we ordered rather than any fault of the restaurant - although I certainly wouldn't recommend this restaurant for vegetarians! Nice wine and cocktails too.


Recently visited Temper Soho for a great meal. The service was very good, our waiter talked us through each part of the menu and allowed us plenty of time to decide. The meal was served promptly but we never felt rushed. Had a good selection of food from the menu, including the fillet, scallops on tacos, aged cheeseburger tacos and a delish cookie dessert.

The drinks list is very good, with a good selection of not only bottles or wine, but a number of wine by the glass/carafe options, which was a nice surprise. The restaurant was buzzing, but not too loud that you couldn't talk to people, and you def didn't feel cramped. 

Overall a great places to visit for both groups and on a date or special celebration dinner. The prices were also a pleasant surprise, considering the location and amount of food/drink we enjoyed, well worth checking out. 


Unlike Temper's peers in Soho you can actually book and the restaurant is big enough to not be able to hear the conversation on the table next to you... A meat lovers paradise with an open fire pit in the centre, friendly chefs and the smell of fresh BBQ teasing you before you get the chance to see the menu. Would recommend (other than the meat specials) the cheeseburger tacos, cheesey potato side and also the bone marrow. Make room for dessert because the molten lava cookie dough with milk ice cream is on another level. So popular they are opening another venue in the City!

Temper's been on my restaurant go-to list for so long now. Finally, I made it there last weekend and walked straight in around lunch time. The restaurant is much larger than you would expect and located in the basement. It's nestled on a corner in Soho and as a rule most places in Soho are tiny so this was a pleasant surprise!

As soon as you walk in the aroma of BBQ meat smacks you in the face! We were seated at the bar with a full view of the kitchen and grill (my favourite place to sit in a  restaurant!). We arrived at the perfect time as half a lamb had started to be grilled!

We ordered the prawn tacos, smoking goat, lamb shoulder and a few sides. We found the goat was quite dry but it had a good smoky flavour. The lamb however was more tasty and it came with a sauce. We also ordered a burrata which was citrusy and delicious and the sides of the smashed cucumber and the corn were pleasant.

Although the restaurant wasn't busy, the service was quite slow. We waited about 10 minutes for someone to clear out plates once we'd finished and we had to wait again for the waiters to bring over our bill.

It's quite a reasonably priced restaurant and a  perfect lunch spot.


Good god the food at Temper is something else. 

The restaurant is much bigger than expected situated in the basement with a lovely entrance on the ground floor off of Broadwick Street. The restaurant is still plenty light enough, spacious and filled with the most gorgeous smell of BBQ and slow cooked meats. This is all down to the impressive open kitchen where the meat is cooked over coals and the tacos are prepared from scratch. 

The food was delicious - some must haves include the goat, burrata and potato side. The slight let downs were the burnt end larb which was INSANELY salty and the tacos which were too floury for me although both beef and mushroom fillings were divine!

Everything is designed to share and as such it is easy to get carried away with the order. We stuck to the recommended weight of meat (each BBQ'd meat is priced per 100g with 200g recommended per person) and sides but were served copious amounts of food that we barely managed to polish off (we did... but didn't have room for dessert!). This of course stacked up and came to a rather pricey bill at the end.  

Service was exceptional. 

Drinks were good (recommend their G&T; pricey but huge and delicious). 

Needless to say I would definitely recommend and will 100% be back... it was just a tad too costly to visit as much as I would like!


I was really excited about Temper, the concept sounded great and the menu looked awesome but I was a bit disappointed. The meats were OK but nothing special, the tacos were nice enough but I've had FAR better in London. I really wanted to order the aged cheeseburger taco but the waitress talked me out of it, only to discuss later with a friend who also went that it was one of the best things she had on the menu. We also missed out on the deep pan cookie as we ordered too many meats and were too full but apparently that is also amazing! Could have been poor ordering on my part but I just wasn't blown away by any of it. The atmosphere however was great, it was interesting to watch the chefs at work as their kitchen is in the centre of the room and there was a real buzz in the restaurant but sadly the food just didn't match up.


I really enjoyed this restaurant as a bbq enthousiaste. The tacos were great! The burger taco hybrid was amazing! The meat was good, I would say the goat is possibly the best I have ever tried. The other meats did not blow me away though. The sides were good, the corn and the courgette were both very tasty. The green sauce was lovely hut overly garlicky so had to wash my mouth when I went home. For desert I had the deep pan cookie which is a must try!

My problem was the service was a bit hit and miss. Our first waiter had no energy at all but the second girl was lovely. My second issue with this restaurant was the wine list. It is very new world based, I am usually quite good with wines but this list baffled me! As a result I chose something good but not great either.

I was taken here as a surprise for my birthday. The nine of us had a great time. We were compete novices when it came to a tapas-style meaty BBQ'y restaurant, but that didn't matter he waitress was incredibly helpful. She recommended "one of everything", and so we did.

The Goat was excellent, the Lamb was really tasty but the Burnt Ends were the star of the show!! The taco starters were lovely and easy to share with a range of flavours and ingredients. There is a wide-ranging list of wines which includes several around the £30 price point.

Temper has a great atmosphere, probably due to the kitchen being right at the centre of the restaurant. Really great food and well worth a visit.

I loved the venue and the tacos but I am not sure I would recommend Temper as a place to go with a group. I think the tacos are great to share (especially the crab and the prawn tacos) but the meat didn't really convince me. Although great in taste, we weren't really advisd on how to best share it amongst us and we ended up with 400gr on one tortilla for the 7 of us. I think next time I will go with 1 or 2 friends and hopefully I'll be able to enjoy the food more.


Meat. Fire. Smoke. Have three words ever sounded as delicious?

Well not if you have been to Temper, which is a new meat-mad smokehouse in Soho, which is serving a variety of meat (by the 100g) paired with a selection of creative and unusual sides. We had our lovely waiter, who was friendly and helpful, order for us as we were somewhat overexcited by the appealing menu. Thankfully, he did not disappoint or rip us off either!

We had a selection of tacos to start, which were tasty and a great way to get your taste buds prepared for the main event. The tacos were soft and floury and the fish on top (mackerel and crab) was light, fresh and zingy. Another standout dish was the miso aubergine which was creamy, full of flavour and really moreish. Then, the main happened.

Oh. Ma. Gawd. The meat is sensational- we had beef, lamb, pork and goat (my favourite) which were all cooked perfectly; super tender and melted in your mouth. Each serving showcased the best of the meat- fatty bits, lean meat and blackened tasty edges, so it’s great for everyone. And while the meat was the king on the table, the sides compliment it so well. The burrata with a salsa verde was creamy and tangy, the raclette potatoes were super indulgent and delicious and the jerk cauliflower with pineapple has a welcome kick of heat and sweetness. What I loved about this meal was that every mouthful was different. You could create so many incredible combinations, with the help of a variety of sauces and sprinkles (crispy onions and pork crackling bits- I kid you not).

If you have somehow avoided the meat sweats, it is imperative you get their skillet cookie dessert. I cannot tell you how they do it, but this is the best dessert I may have ever had. A cross between a soufflé and cookie dough, just the right balance of sweet and salt, with refreshing custard ice cream- it is orgasmic.

The staff are all super knowledgeable about their meat, and the décor is cool; green booths, low hanging ceiling, a roaring fire surrounded by busy chefs. You may leave with smoky hair and clothes, but it is worth it. A great new spot in Soho for the meat maniacs out here. 


All the food tasted good. The meats were clearly well sourced and cooked beautifully with each cut cooked differently over the large open fires. For all the grandeur of the restaurant and bravismo of the kitchen, having dined as a group of 6 I do feel its largely over priced. We ordered 3 different meats times two but this was served on three plates with only 3 flatbreads. While given the quality and taste (not in question) I just felt for the big open fire cooking style it wasn't exactly generous or feasting. Likewise the tacos were tasty but for their price the portions were small. Maybe the hype of the restaurant means it wont matter, maybe the buzzy-smokey atmosphere means ill go again. While I certainly cant fault the food itself for me the BBQ style symbolizes generosity and sharing and that meant this was one of the few occasions I have eaten really goof food but noticed the price - hence the middle ground 3/5


Being vegetarian, Temper is definitely not my first choice of restaurant, but I had heard so many rave reviews that I needed to try it out anyways. For groups of four or more, there are quite a few tables and booths to sit at, but I just went with one friend and we were sat at the bar, overlooking the kitchen. The whole time that we were there, the chefs were preparing and chopping up huge pieces of meat in front of us. You will end up leaving smelling slightly like barbecue at the end of your meal.

The menu consists of a variety of tacos served in fresh soft corn tortillas, a variety of meats sold in 100g portions (of which they recommend 2-3 each, which you can mix and match), a number of vegetable sides, sauces and sprinkles. The prices can quickly add up, with our lunch for two costing £70 with just one drink each and no dessert. Although all of the mains are meat, the server offered to have the kitchen make a grilled vegetable alternative which was nice. Also, many of the sides weren’t vegetarian but could be made that way when requested. I had an aubergine taco, burrata, jerk cauliflower and grilled corn. There was popcorn in the corn dish which I thought was a cute touch. My friend said the kofta and lamb mains were great, but the beef fat tacos were literally big chunks of pure fat on a taco. 

I did find that all of the dishes were too spicy and even half an hour after eating, my mouth was still feeling it. I had mentioned this at the end when we were asked how the meal was and my comment was dismissed. I wouldn’t have brought it up, but they did ask what we thought, and since it’s a fairly new restaurant I thought they may have wanted feedback.


This is a BEAUTIFUL restaurant, as in genuinely just stunning. Love the decor, layout and vibe they've got going on here with full views of the meat being grilled/cooked in the middle.

I came here for the soft launch so while things will undoubtedly have changed a bit, I'm fairly impressed with the food on offer here, and the prices are fairly acceptable given that it's in the heart of Soho. I've tried the majority of the menu though, and when the best dish I had was the side dish of grilled sweetcorn with lamb fat, I was a little disappointed with the meat. To me, it tasted like a pretty good roast you'd make at home, with nothing extra special about the flavour. I'm also not a fan of their flatbreads they're served on which are thin and crispy almost like crisps rather than more doughy breads to soak up the juices from the meat. 

Though of course, this was just the soft launch so things may be very different now - I would gladly go again, and also, their kouign amman dessert is INCREDIBLE. That alone is worth the visit I think! 

Head to this loud, smokey cave of a place with meat-loving friends, your veggie pals may not thank you for the 'Beef Fat Tacos' or the Sweetcorn slathered in lamb fat, but the carnivores definitely will! 

Temper is a South American restaurant, but not like any other - sure there are tacos and mezcal - but the tacos range from Beef Fat, through Miso Pork, to Aged Hamburger and the mezcal can come in a Negroni (delicious!), if you so choose. In other words it's an interesting place, in a good way. The menu is inventive, but every gamble I took seemed to pay off - from the burnt-ends larb, to the pineapple and cauliflower side, everything surpassed expectations. 

And then we come to the meat: glorious, perfectly-cooked portions of the finest beef, lamb and pork (when I was there - this does change frequently) and the possibility to order by 100 gram portions, which will please both the weight-watchers and the meat-maniacs. Only one downside to this - I foresee being disappointed at barbecues forevermore, as now I have seen how barbecuing can and should be done 

Desserts were on the sweet side, arguably as they should be. My advice would be to share - I defy anyone to single-handedly polish off the Kouign Amann with Dulce de Leche ice-cream after having eaten their share of everything that came before! 

Service was attentive and friendly, if not efficient. The final star of my review was lost to an over 20 minute wait for two drinks - our food came faster.

Perfection. Service was top notch. The spices in the Larb were unreal. The nachos...delicious. Best meal we had in London by far. I wish I could transport this restaurant to Toronto.


I was so excited when Neil Rankin decided to set out alone to create a new giant meat-focussed restaurant. I walked in with huge expectations and the stunning cavernous underground meat LAIR was a thing of beauty. The smoke wafted in through my nostrils and it smelt exactly like I had returned to my motherland. We were given seats at the counter, which was directly in front of where Neil was chopping large chunks of lamb shoulder and mangalitsa belly. This was a sight to behold, although not for the PETA fans. The concept, great that it was, unfortunately was not executed as well as I had imagined it. I was slightly disappointed with the way it was cooked and presented and the service, though friendly, was not the most attentive and there were long waits and forgotten orders (or even repeat orders for the couple next to me). Neil was friendly and chatty as always, and helped make the experience much more enjoyable. I also like that the minimum serving of each portion is 100g, rather than some insanely huge amount. 

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