Temper Soho

Barbecue, South American·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Temper Soho

Silver Award

This buzzing bonfire of a restaurant is dedicated to the art and craft of cooking in-house butchered meat: below the small, ground-floor taco bar lies an expansive room featuring a theatrical open kitchen with a wood-fired grill and clay oven. Bag one of the counter stools and watch in wonder as the chefs prepare your food over fire.

The name refers to the kitchen’s commitment to tempering the meats, whether that’s Essex beef, Yorkshire pork or Welsh lamb – a practice which ensures the fullest flavours. Then there’s the quality; all beef is rare breed, grass-fed and sourced from UK farms with high welfare practices. This sourcing extends to the rest of the menu too, from fish to vegetables and drinks and, what’s more, Temper also operates a zero-waste policy, so anyone concerned about its eco credentials can dive in with abandon.

Diners can take their pick from a high-octane cuisine-hopping menu that runs from must-order blowtorched mackerel tacos freshened with sweet white miso and mashed avocado to little bowls of Thai-style larb combining roasted rice with ‘burnt ends’ for a spicy clash of textures. The prices of the beef cuts are a little off-putting, but this is a steakhouse and it is excellent quality. We recommend ordering the full quota of sauces – beef fat béarnaise, green sauce, chipotle sour cream, Korean BBQ, and pepper sauce – and finishing off with a gooey-centred cookie, baked in a cast-iron pan and topped with fior di latte ice cream.

Well-considered cocktails, such as the Irn-Bru Spritz and pineapple Negroni kick off the drinks list, but it’s mezcal flights served in traditional clay copitas and a vast selection of tequilas that dominate. There’s also a healthy selection of wines from around the world. Enthusiastic and committed staff seal the deal at this thoroughly modern BBQ bunker.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Barbecue, South American
Cool, Fun, Lively, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Dates, Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Temper Soho

Chef Neil Rankin made his name with Smokehouse as well as a well-received meat cookbook and he’s expanded on the barbecue theme with Temper. This Mexican-influenced Soho outpost is the original location for the small but expanding group (there are also Tempers in Covent Garden and the City), ambitiously located a few doors up from Hakkasan spin-off Yauatcha and round the corner from bun-specialist Bao.

Temper more than holds its own against its illustrious neighbours, however. The small foyer at street level gives no indication as to the proportions of the dining room below, a huge basement space focused around a central 6m-long fire pit, enclosed by an eating counter, with tables and chairs radiating around and private booths hugging the walls.

Snacks, chicken wings and tacos with fun fillings (cheeseburger, smoked goat, haggis) form the small-plates intro to the main event of big plates of meat, cooked in full view of the open fire: 500g T-bone, 500g rib-eye on the bone, 500g Porterhouse or 600g rump.

If your appetite doesn’t stretch that fire, there are carnitas of goat, pork, beef, beef sausage and beef skewers. Fish eaters get wood-fired market fish with tortillas, chipotle sour cream and salad, but really, you’re in the wrong restaurant.

Vegetarians fare a little better with cauliflower from the wood oven or Korean jackfruit and goat’s cheese tacos but, again, this is not really the place for anyone except the most carnivorous – and anyone who doesn’t mind shouting over the very loud acoustics.

Tequila and mescal form the bedrock of the drinks menu – the house Momma’s Margarita is excellent – while cocktails such as the Irn Bru Spritz or beetroot-based Sex & Violets are every bit as full-on as the cooking. Otherwise, there are five beers (including three from Shoreditch’s Redchurch brewery) and some creative non-alcoholic drinks which should help calm the palate from the onslaught of savoury flavours.  


Meet the team
Temper Soho

Neil Rankin

Chef Patron

Rankin worked in fine dining kitchens under the likes of Michael Wignall, Gary Rhodes and Bruce Poole before catching the live fire cooking bug at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa restaurant. After a stint as head chef at Pitt Cue Co’s original Soho restaurant, Rankin opened Smokehouse restaurant’s in Islington and Chiswick. These were well-received by the critics, but what really shook up the market was Temper, an enormous and irreverent Soho restaurant opened in 2016 which barbecues whole animals for its eclectic, Mexican-inspired menus. Two more Temper-branded restaurants have followed with different themes, including a Covent Garden site that specialises in lesser-known US pizza styles and vermouth-based drinks.


25 Broadwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DF

020 3879 3834


Opening Times

Mon 17:00-23:00
Tue 12:00-23:00
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-19:00


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18 Reviews 

Laila H

11 June 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5

The food was fabulous!!! Just wish the volume of music was a little lower!!!  It isn't a club it's a restaurant and a bar!! Value for money!! Will definitely be back!!! 


02 February 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
Everything was expledid but

Everything was expledid but the only thing i could point out yesterday during our dinner was that we were still starting our starter and our main course came right away, as we were savuoring the amazing food taste, when we got to eat our main course it was cold already. Everything else was amazing, the service was friendly and professional, the music was great, the food super tasty, so well done. Great restaurant.

Pavithra N

05 December 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
Great food

Good food, service and really nice cocktails


25 August 2019  
Food & Drink 3
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 4
Tasty Steaks but dark and noisy.

A fairly simple steak/ meat based menu, which if that is what you want, is done well and is tasty.

The specials selection at 7:15 had already ran out of the fillets and the smaller sirloins, so we got 3rd choice.  To be fair to the restaurant they gave us bigger sirloins than ordered because of this and charged for the smaller one.

I'm more of an older demograph now, so it was too dark and noisy for me...  struggled to hear the conversation and menus need to be read by iPhone torch.  But those of a younger and trendier demograph might see that as a positive.

The two of us with 2 bottles of wine spent a little over £100, so not bad value for money.


Donna F

28 June 2019  
Food is fabulous, really funky and fun atmosphere and great staff.


28 June 2019  
Food, service and atmosphere are all excellent. Bakewell tart dessert cocktail fantastic.

Charlie M

09 April 2019  
Sitting right next to the barbecue with the cool interior feels very exclusive.

Nick B

10 July 2018  
Great sharing food for friends.

Edwin K

28 June 2018  
Great meats.

Charlie M

27 June 2018  
Food and atmosphere superb.
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