Following the success of his branches in Soho and the City, Chef Neil Rankin decided on Covent Garden as the location for his third Temper site in 2018. It’s one of a growing number of decent restaurants opening in an area that’s keen to shake off its tourist-trap reputation. The decor here follows brand guidelines (note the central counter kitchen), as does the meaty menu, though the original focus for this outpost was on small starting plates of pasta followed by giant sharing pizzas for mains.
Like its older siblings (who always know best), Temper Covent Garden is now dedicated to the art and craft of barbecuing in-house butchered steak and meats, which are served alongside traditional corn tacos. All beef is rare breed, grass-fed and sourced from handpicked UK farms with high welfare practices and Rankin refuses to use any produce he feel is mass produced or has a large environmental impact. This careful sourcing extends to the rest of the menu as well, from fish to vegetables to drinks, and Temper also operates a zero-waste policy, so those concerned about its eco credentials can dive in with abandon.
Start by taking your pick from a weighty cuisine-hopping menu that runs from tacos filled with the likes of soft shell crab, Dorito fried fish, pork and pineapple and goat’s cheese, to aged beef skewers with kimchi, slow-cooked porchetta, and goat carnitas, before getting stuck into a slab of beef from the robata grill. We recommend ordering the full quota of sauces and finishing off the indulgent, gooey deep-dish Nutella cookie.
Keenly priced and plenty of fun – and with a well-stocked bar to boot (tuck into Vermouth, Negronis or an Irn-Bru Spritz, followed by a glass of wine) – Covent Garden’s Temper is a solid option for a night of ‘screw the diet’ feasting and drinking.