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Temper Covent Garden

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

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

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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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