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Temper Covent Garden

Restaurants, Mediterranean Covent Garden
2 out of 5 stars
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Temper Covent Garden

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

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.

By: Kelly Pigram

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Address: 5 Mercer Walk
Mercers Yard
London
WC2H 9FA
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.

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Absolutely loved dining at Temper Soho for our last meal of 2017 so picking Temper Covent Garden for the last lunch of 2018 was one of life's simpler decisions. I love the food & cooking ethos of chef & owner Neil Rankin and in this small but beautiful space complete with open kitchen and decked out in shades of darkened teal & warm copper, his respect for the best ingredients & love of explosively delicious flavours shone through.


Although there's a list of pizzas the length of my arm that I'll be heading back another time to try, this visit was all about tacos, my favourite food and something that always takes me back to West Coast USA travels. Soft, warm & fragrant with corn, there's a cracking selection of meat & vegetarian options available with two per serving and if you order nothing else when you go, get the pork al pastor with burnt pineapple & coriander. Hands down one of the best soft tacos I've ever eaten, this boasted absolutely glorious flavours - spiced, rich, sweet & sour - and knockout textures of soft-yet-charred meat. I'd have happily eaten a dozen more and loosened the belt on my skirt without a second thought in order to do so.


Barbacoa goat had a surprisingly fresh, almost sour flavour which worked perfectly with the punchiness of the meat and Doritos fried fish were can't-hear-myself-but-that's-ok crunchy. The cheeseburger version was the only repeat order from last year and I loved it every bit as much this time round - only a heathen could find something to dislike about the soft fattiness of burger patty slathered in cheese, pickles, special sauce and rolled in a taco...don't be that person.


As far as sides go, I'm always going to steer defiantly towards anything cheesy so the burrata with coriander & jalapenos and the polenta scraps aka sturdy chunks of deep fried loveliness with Gorgonzola hollandaise were never in question for me. Everything was served with a smile from a very cool but nicely approachable team and the whole vibe was one of 'heck, this is a flipping great place to eat our way out of 2018' that's already got me leafing through the diary to find a return date for 2019. In a nicely and appreciatively less crowded area of Covent Garden, Temper sits near some other new spots that are already beckoning me over...I'm looking at you Maison Bab...but as the sort of place where you can find some of the capital's best Mexican inspired food, it stands alone & proud and rightly so.


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.

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