As you may have seen from past posts, I’m a big fan of Jason Atherton’s restaurants and it’s just continuing to grow. His empire has now expanded with a new offering Temple & Sons in the City bizarrely opposite one of my absolute favourites of his, City Social.
Like us you may find yourself walking up and down the street trying to find the rather discreet and small Temple & Sons, it’s right by Paul Bakery opposite Tower 42. Once you find your way into the restaurant through the black curtains you’re presented with a narrow bar with true City, banker style decor. They offer an array of local beers and interesting cocktails, including one called Yellow Paint which is made with rum, colman mustard, elderflower and lemon. Not quite sure how I feel about the mustard in there but one to try for the unusualness!
We had one of the larger booth tables upstairs which was perfect for us and once you’re settled and presented with menus the meat and fish trays are brought your way. Now the menu is quite substantial, caters very well for the suits in the area. The big chunky cuts of meat and fish of the days which are off menu and change daily can have the potential to rack up the price so make sure you ask for the price per kilo so as not to get stung with the bill at the end.
We all went from the menu in the end, make sure you bring your reading glasses since the print is very small indeed especially with the low lighting in the restaurant. I like to think that I won on the starter selection with my squid ink linguine, morecambe bay shrimps, razor clams and cornish sea herbs. Was an absolute winner, very flavoursome indeed.
On the mains Lawrence and I shared as always. First up was the braised Irish short rib, spring onion and coriander which was a good sized chunk of tasty meat.
Then the second dish which I unfortunately didn’t manage to get a picture of was the wood fired pork chop, collar and crackling with sage and pine nut crumb which came out as the favourite of the two.
I have to say the real highlights from the meal was the various starch and sides we shared as a table. Unfortunately I didn’t get pictures of them all but to give you a flavour the ones you must order are wood fired New Forest mushroom, garlic, parsley and truffle goats curd. Then the campfire barbecue beans, jalapeno and smoked English mozzarella, beware this has a slight spicy kick to them. Now the real winner and not one you tend to see at a smart restaurant was the chips with curry sauce, went down a treat with everyone.
It might be the fact it’s Winter but I am constantly craving great sticky toffee pudding. Recently had a fabulous one at Fortnum & Mason but I’d also heard good things about Temple’s offering so it just had to be my chosen dessert. I am so glad I went for it, hands down the best pudding of the night and perhaps one of the best in awhile.
We also had an interesting “Mr Fliplings” Victoria sponge tea cake vanilla Cornish cream which was good but just didn’t compare to the Sticky Toffee. Still dreaming about that dessert.
It was as always a very nice evening with the Archer’s and just can’t go wrong with Jason’s menu but perhaps owing to it’s location not one that you would make a special effort to head to. If you are in the City definitely head down but there’s plenty of other places in London which are worth venturing to.