I was extremely excited to try the new temper in Covent Garden, which focuses on serving up some unique pizza’s. Having previously raved to friends and family about the one in Soho I was expecting big things!
The first thing that strikes you when entering temper is how beautiful the interior is. Upstairs features a counter bar, which is perfectly designed for couples, and also, larger tables for bigger groups. In addition, below deck there’s further seating, though without windows - I’d suggest eating upstairs. Also, don’t forget to check out the refrigeration unit filled with hams.
Top left was the lardo carbonara, which according to my friend who shall be known as quads man “tasted good, but had been completely smothered in parmesan”. I tucked into the St Marcellin Tortellini and unfortunately the taste was really poor. The cheese in the middle wasn’t gooey and there wasn’t much of it. Also, the tortellini was a bit leathery. Overall both dishes were poorly presented and lacked execution. I actually discussed these issues with Neil and he was heavily apologetic, and clearly these were just a few teething issues as the restaurant had only been open a week. I hope to go back and expect the starters to be better.
Despite the negativity on the last post I can’t fault the pizza. We opted for two Detroit style pizzas, the cheese burger and soft shell crab. What I really liked about them both was that on top they were packed with toppings, yet on bottom the dough wasn’t greasy. I definitely would recommend going here to try out these flavoursome pizzas, but maybe give the starters a miss!
Text and photographs by The Undercover Food Critic, 20th August, 2018. More Information: @the_undercover_food_critic