temper Covent Garden | Steak, tacos, and mezcal
Neil Rankin’s temper keeps rising.
You see, it all started with the Soho original, where he roasted animals whole over coals in a sleek basement smokehouse. Then, he worked up a temper in the City, and now to complete this open-fire triumvirate, he’s unleashed his temper on Covent Garden.
You’ll find it all tucked down a side street off the Seven Dials, in a huge, bi-level space with an outdoor (heated) patio and basement seating overlooking the dough-proving room. Just to prove that they make it there. Taking note from the theatrical layout of the other two sites, it’s got bar seating snaking around an open kitchen & bar area, with everything pivoting around the huge, bright blue wood-fired oven.
The deal here is much the same as at the other temper joints: in-house butchered meats that go into steak & tacos. The tacos, by the way, are made from beef fat from those in-house butchered meats. They’re then loaded with the likes of soft-shelled crab, and pork & pineapple.
Going larger, you can get hold of everything from rump, to sirloin, to chuck, to adobo, to T-bone, to porterhouse. Or, if you fancy something more complex, there are flatbreads loaded with the likes of aged beef skewers with kimchi; goat carnitas; whole burrata; and slow-cooked porchetta.
The booze orbits around mezcal as the centrepiece spirit, with cocktails including the mezcal negroni made with grapefruit bitters, and the El Gran Humo, whose pineapple & habanero mezcal is offset with some white rum. And naturally, there’s plenty of beer on tap.
After all, that temper needs to be kept bubbling.
NOTE: temper Covent Garden is open daily . You can find out more, see the full menu, and reserve a table on the website HERE.
temper Covent Garden | 5 Mercer Walk, WC2H 9QP
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