How do you end 2016? By visiting the new restaurant of the year Temper.
Temper is the child of Neil Rankin, a chef who began his career working in many top places and under some top chefs such as Michael Wignall and Nuno Mendes. From here, Neil went on to dominate his arena of smoked food and charcoal with Barbecoa, Pitt Cue and the Smokehouse restaurants.
In partnership with Managing Director, Sam Lee, Neil Rankin launched temper at the end of 2016 and almost instantly this place has become a fan favourite and a foodie destination.
With a few foodie friends, on New Years Eve we went to temper for drinks and more importantly some good food. New years Eve is always a strange night to go out as most bars or restaurants double the price of everything. Thankfully, temper, kept their prices at the same level and just wanted people to enjoy their food.
In my mind, this was a great way to end 2016 and an even better way to start 2017.
Like Pitt Cue and Smokehouse, the menu at temper is quite brief, this in my mind is a good thing. You do not want to be exploring a menu for ages to find that good dish. Everythign should be good and you want to be able to eat all the good food too.
As there was seven of us, it meant we could order basically everything on the menu and share it between us; so we did.
Snacks to start, Tacos as the starters and then the smoked and grilled meat with sides to finish. Sounds good.
What did we get:
- Everything almost.
We ordered all the Tacos minus the miso pork (three portions of the aged cheeseburger). From the smoked and grilled meat section, we ordered every dish there and for sides we went for all in bar the corn. Quite a feast to end 2016.
So what stood out and would I recommend?
Set in the heart of Soho, off and on Broadwick street, Temper takes you down to a smoked meats and grilled food celebration. Neil has taken what he loves and knows and continued it with this restaurant.
Moving on from Pitt Cue and Smokehouse, Rankin steps up the game with more delicious food and a new vibe for his fans. As chilled as always and with good food to compliment the vibe, Temper will be a place for all to attend.
Go as a group as this will let you share as much of the menu as possible. For Vegetarians, it is probably not the best place to go, but for everyone else, put in on your 2017 list.