Temper Covent Garden
Time Out says
A ‘fiery Mediterranean cousin’ of the original Temper, in Covent Garden.
The third branch of Temper, in Covent Garden, is a buzzy, spacious spot with a huge wood-fired oven and an open kitchen that’s smack-bang in the middle of the room. If you visit, nab a table at the counter – chefs are in full view, and watching them swivel things around in the oven is a lot of fun.
The menu is a wacky mix of flavours from different cuisines – Japanese, Mediterranean and American are a few that come to mind. The famed ‘aged cheeseburger tacos’ were still a hit: a moist, mouthwatering mix of melted cheese, jalapeños and beef in a soft wrap. Also great was the crab taco: tender soft-shell crustacean with lime, red onion and coriander, then for dessert, a big, doughy and decadent Nutella cookie, perfect for sharing.
The rest of the food, sadly, was disappointing. American-style deep-dish pizzas are much hyped on the menu, and the ‘meat feast’ with mozzarella, wagyu salami, ’nduja, pepperoni and sausage wasn’t bad – but it definitely wasn’t worth its £20 price tag (it kind of tasted like Domino’s). Other dishes included a stiff, oily pork chop, a plate of grilled courgettes in a pool of oil, and a very average vegetarian chilli on tough flatbread.
We loved the original Temper in Soho for its simplicity: beautiful meat, soft flatbread, a buzzy space where you could bring all your friends. This location feels a bit chain-y, and falls flat. Dear Temper, please keep it simple – we liked you just the way you were.
5 Mercer Walk
|Transport:||Tube: Covent Garden|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £110.|
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Having booked online for 3 people, myself and two guests, for a really important occasion, we had to wait 40 mins and then find out here might be a table available when one table have had their desserts and left. Suggest you do not reserve a table here if you want accurate eating times and do not want to hang around.
Temper have outdone themselves again with a 3rd London restaurant, again with a different cuisine. Contrary to Soho's meaty or City's curry menus, Covent Garden is all about the Italian, with a focus on pizza. Something I haven't seen many times in London restaurants - true Detroit style deep dish pizza. Was very overwhelmed when it arrived as a huge square of dough, melted cheese and goat ragu oozing over the grill rack they present it on. The texture is light and fluffy, yet plenty satisfactory. Also liked the burrata flatbread and the tortellini (which turned out to be breadcrumbed and deep fried).
Some truly delicious and unique dishes served up at temper Covent Garden!
My friend and I came round for dinner last week and quite enjoyed the food. Between the two of us, we shared the following:
1. Deep-fried Pizza - This was so simple, yet so delicious! Basically some deep-fried pizza dough stuffed with guanciale, cheese, and tomato. How could it not be good?! I really liked this because the dough wasn't greasy, as you'd expect from something deep-fried and there the perfect amount of cheese to get that cheese pull without feeling too stuffed or sickly.
2. Lardo Carbonara - An interesting take on Carbonara and executed really well! It tasted authentic, no actual cream used, and was loaded with cheese! It was a strange one when it arrived on our table, as the entire plate was practically covered in grated cheese that even the waiter couldn't remember what it was. But it was glorious and surprisingly light and a small portion.
3. Red Prawn Crumble - Another unique dish, which actually reminded me of a local dish back home in Singapore, where tiger prawns are deep-fried with oats, red chilies, and curry leaves. This too had a bit of spice from the red chilies but not too hot to handle and there was plenty of 'crumble'. The prawns were also well sized so each had a good amount of meat.
4. Detroit Square Pizza (Margherita) - This was probably their signature dish in my opinion. A square-shaped pizza with a thicker crust than a normal pizza, but still light and fluffy on the inside. I absolutely loved the end pieces because they had a great crunchy crust! We opted for a simple flavour so we could truly taste the dough and tomato sauce, both of which were excellent! I liked how fresh it tasted and there was the perfect amount of cheese.
5. Nutella Cookie w/ ice cream - Another great combination. This was a super soft and gooey Nutella-filled cookie cooked in a small pan, topped with hazelnut ice cream. I liked the blend of hot and cold and shared between us, it was the perfect way to end our meal.
As for drinks, I went for the Ginger Bread Spritz, which was lovely. It had a subtle taste, not too sweet, and went down smoothly. A good accompaniment to my meal.
However, this branch is an open kitchen so the vibe was a lot louder than we wanted. It was really hard to hear each other and we were sitting across from each other at a small table. We were shouting throughout our meal, which wasn't ideal. But the food was pretty good so I'd definitely be back for that. I also really liked the large windows, so we could people-watch as well.