I’m going to keep this one short & sweet. Or rather, short & smokey.
Because you’ll see, there’s not much to say about Temper, except for the fact that it’s grill-iant.
Not that it should come as a surprise.
The first restaurant of London BBQ-master Neil Rankin (of the Pitt Cue & Smokehouse fame), this place has some seriously good breeding.
The settings are quite simple (though they do look fancy): 180 seats, arranged around a central open fire pit, where everything is cooked using only wood and charcoal.
Ask for a seat at the counter, where you’ll be able to watch the chefs work their magic…
…and indulge in a bit of plate-spotting while you wait!
Though a couple of the cocktails (On the Nose & Sage Advice) will also do the trick, if you’re not as nosy as I am!
Best enjoyed with a side of Scotch bonnet chilli -a shredded meat concoction, hidden under a blanket of melted cheese, red onion & fire-y green chilli that”ll put any con carne experiment of yours to shame.
Though the menu also features tacos & Cornish seafood bits, we went for a feast of what Temper’s been acclaimed for -Meat, with the sort of punchy, international flavours Rankin’s famous for.
There’s beef, lamb and goat.
All butchered in house, grilled whole and served atop juice-drenched home-made flatbread.
All absolutely phenomenal.
Red curry beef skewer.
Spicy & zingy, and the perfect barbecue translation of the Thai classic.
Burnt end Thai larb.
A delightful, clever nose-to-tail approach to my beloved Lao meat salad.
Burrata, lime & jalapeño – an instant summer favourite!
Smacked cucumber -the perfect barbecue side, if you ask me.
All in all the perfect tear n’ share barbecue feast!
After that, puddings are not quite necessary but absolutely compulsory.
The butterscotch Kouign-Amann with dulce de leche ice cream is caramel inception in the best possible way.
Crispy, butter-and-sugar-enriched, caramelised puff pastry, topped with a silky caramel sauce, and then some caramel ice cream for good measure.
But then, there’s the dessert to end all desserts. The ultimate indulgence.
Temper’s chocolate cookie with fior di latte ice cream.
Just baked, soooooo goeyand absolutely irresistible.
Take any meat lover with a sweet tooth – it’ll take their breath away!
Temper, 25 Broadwick Street, London W1F 0DF