On this week’s episode of The Meat Show host Nick Solares visits Temper in the heart of Soho, London. Solares considers Temper — which specializes in live fire, whole animal cooking — one of the most unique and important restaurants in meat eating. Centered around an impressive array of live fire cooking apparatus a meal at Temper features small plates and nose to tail dining. There is no traditional menu of choice cuts, but rather meat is sold by weight and the preparation varies constantly depending on what is on the pits. All of the meats at Temper are scrupulously butchered and farmed, providing sustainable, naturally raised whole animals. Solares joins chef / owner Neil Rankin for a tasting across four species prepared by Temper’’s chef de cuisine Martin Anderson.

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(guitar music) – Okay meat fans, I am in
front of Temper in London, one of the most unique meat
restaurants I've ever eaten in. It involves live-fire cooking. Big giant pit in the
middle of the restaurant, let's go inside and eat, ready? (upbeat music) – How are you mate? Great to see you. – Doing good. – Cheers. – The way we serve meat, you
don't need to overeat here. We sell everything by 100 grams. It's dual-purpose, we get
to use the whole animal, and you get to choose
how much of it you have. I like that. – What I love about this is not just that you're selling world-class meat, it's the way you're
presenting it is quite unique. I mean it's very much a
interactive experience. – I think if you're looking
at that open-fire pit and seeing all the meat being cooked and seeing how hard
these guys are working, and then you get this food
and it tastes like this, and then you complain that
there's not garnish enough, then you're a loser anyway, okay? (Nick laughs) (rock music) – Cheers. – Cheers. – [Nick] So Martin tell
me where you're from. – I'm from Argentina. – So I mean that is obviously a culture that is profoundly knowledgeable
about meat cooking. – Or meat eaters, yeah. – Meat eating, right. – One of the good things
I was working with Neil is that you can play a bit
with different kind of cooking, – Right. – And if he likes it, can be done. – And you probably get access to animals that you wouldn't,
different breeds and things. – I think it's a chef's dream here, no? – It's certainly a
carnivore's dream to eat here. – Yeah (laughs) – So tell us what you have. – [Martin] So we got two
rib-eye, from Hereford 55 days drying, I got (mumbles), rump of pork, cooked on
the grill very slowly, St. Louis ribs, smoked, and (mumbles) smoke over-night. So we have some Daphne's lamb. – [Neil] Daphne Tilley from
Whales, she breeds some of the best lamb I've ever tasted in my life. – Is this, I was just about to mention, you don't cut the fat off. – No, no we don't cut
the fat off anything. – So we're sort of piling up
the carnivore's dream here, we have the pork, we have the beef, we have the lamb, and the only
thing missing is the goat. Is that gonna be a kid? – It's kid goat, yeah. You saw coming in– – [Nick] We saw one getting wheeled in– – [Neil] And that's not that
(mumbles), that's how we– – Well that's just how I mean
if you get a delivery here it's gonna be a whole animal, right? – [Neil] Yeah. That's to
me, I mean that's meat. – [Nick] And this is smoked?– – [Neil] It's good
chunks, and it's still got a little bit fibrous-ness to it. – [Nick] Right, no uh, no salt bay? – No no no. (laughs) So
I hope you enjoy, guys. – [Nick] Thank you so much. – Pleasure. – [Neil] I think we start with the beef. – [Nick] Alright, so you
wanna try the flank first? – [Neil] Yeah let's try the flank first, there's more beefiness to it. – Oh my god, and the smoky flavor on that. – You're gonna. – Ho ho. What hits you first is that smokiness, it lingers– – It'll linger, linger you can go and walk to I don't know, like north London by now, you're still gonna be tasting that. – Alright, well I'm going
right for the, this (mumbles). Oh, so tender. – I don't know if I want
to give you any of this. (Neil laughs) – Moving on, looks like
we have a lovely lamb rib. – So again as you see, we
keep all the fat on there. – [Nick] You can smell that
smokiness on there too though. – Bad lamb is sometimes
better than you know, sometimes good pork or
good beef, you know? Cause it's all grass-fed,
it's all reared properly. – So what I love about this is that it's so distinctive British, right? You taste the British Isles,
the dark green landscape, right?
– Yup. – I mean England's great
because it's so green. What people don't realize is that the price of that is it
rains half the fuckin' year. – Let's talk about the pork, you're not, you don't have a sole supplier, you have many different places
– We have farms. – You want the variety. – And we want the best they've got. – Alright so speaking of this, so this is the pork from Yorkshire, – Yup. – What breed is this? – Um, old spot, you got nice fat content, it's been smoked but it's
still holding together. – Mmmmm. That is love. – It's really good, isn't it? – Look at that, there's
something about pork grease, like that is, you know forget
the Kentucky Fried Chicken, that's actually finger
lickin' good right there. (Neil laughs) Alright let's move on I
could eat that rib all day. Rump. So this is a cut that's
actually quite popular in the, in Britain for
beef especially, right? – Yeah I mean rump's beautiful. – Yeah. Mmmmmm. – [Neil] Ass steak. – That really tastes like the marriage of southern barbeque
cause you have that smoke. – Yup. – Ham, cause it has that gaminess to it, and then a park chop
because it really is like, it eats like a steak, right? – And this was the– (Martin mumbles) – The what? (Martin mumbles) (both laugh) – So what we're about to eat pork nipples, what you might make pastrami out of here if it was beef and you were in New York. Oh yeah. That is it all. So I have to say that like
this pork is revelatory. Has all the hallmarks of great barbeque, you have that salty punch from the rubs, and from the seasoning, you're getting a lot
of those smoke flavors, but you really are tasting Britain, you're tasting the marshlands, you're tasting that
winter, that wet winter leading into that vibrant
(foreign language) spring. Pork and especially lamb I think are really effected by the
seasons more than other animals. And you can really taste like, this is like, this is
rejuvenation food right here. It's like the spring coming out. Goat is the most widely
eaten meat on earth. It's also one of the hardiest animals, it can grow almost anywhere. Yet in the west, and I think especially in Britain and America I think it's kinda the forgotten meat. – A lot of love and care
has been taken over it, and the flavor is beyond that,
I think it's a little sweet. It's very gamey, a cross between
I think mutton and pigeon. – [Nick] It's quite stringy isn't it, and quite greasy the meat. – [Neil] Yeah. – But that's not a bad thing, I mean lamb is like that and we love lamb. Oh yeah I'm going in there meat show fans. (both laugh) It's got the positive aspects
of pork and lamb combined. – Yeah. – Right? So you have
the tenderness of pork, you have that bite that you get with lamb, but you also have that gaminess, that funkiness right,
that sort of earthiness. But then again there's also a sweetness that I don't think lamb has
in the same way that pork has. So it's very much as if you
kinda combine these dishes. – For me, it's the most
interesting flavor. (rock music) – So Neil, we have eaten our way through basically four of the really the classic, animals that we eat, right? – Yeah. – Got the lamb, the
beef, the goat, the pork, so I think the takeaway here Neil is that a rib steak is delicious a porterhouse steak is
delicious, we know that. But you've got to look
beyond those points, there's so many things on the animal that have as much flavor,
some of them have more flavor, and no matter what they have
different flavors, right? Not just because it's
gonna make you feel better, cause it tastes better,
but also the fact that if we want to keep eating meat in a sustainable way
into the next century, this is kinda the way we
need to do it, I think. You need to eat beyond
the expensive parts, eat the whole animal,
you'll be happier for it. Tell me about the about
the 'mince on toast' because that's a dish that
I've been told I must try. (guitar chord)

44 thoughts on “Temper London has a Massive Fire Pit Right Smack in the Dining Room — The Meat Show

  1. When they closed their eyes and slept, cavemen, our ancestors in the plains of Africa saw Nick Solares eating different animals cooked in ridiculous ways. My aspiration in life is now to be like Nick Solares. Damn, my brain can't wrap itself around all of these deliciousness.

  2. 5:14 that might be spring coming out of the meat but it’s another s word coming out of your mouth with the overly complicated descriptions. It’s not essay time. Just keep it simple.

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