They usually break their news by Tweeting.
But allow us to take the mantle this time, and tell you about Lewisham eatery Sparrow – because it’s the first restaurant venture from culinary couple, Terry Blake & Yohini Nandakumar. Between them, they’ve had roles at St. John, Bao, Pollen Street Social and The Square, and now they’ve come together for a labour of love that’ll serve up…well, pretty much anything that takes their fancy.
There’s a strong focus on seasonality and sustainability, with regularly rotating menus to reflect the freshest available ingredients. And to make the most of the local produce, they don’t limit themselves to one particular type of cuisine; instead in a genius and yet astonishingly simple move, they simply pluck the best dishes from all over the globe to make up their sharer plate menu. It’s like going to the supermarket on an empty stomach without a shopping list – except thanks to their culinary expertise, this is actually going to taste good.
They’ve taken over a bright and airy space, patched up feature walls with a sweep of teal butchers’ tiles, and built in an open kitchen that sits in the centre of the restaurant, propping up blackboards inscribed with the daily specials. It’s here that they plate up dishes like malt duck with chilli jam, glazed ham on sourdough with a rhubarb relish, and condensed milk ice-cream affrogato – while at weekends, there’s brunch with Ozone coffee and appam – a type of Sri Lankan pancake made with fermented rice batter.
Or so a little bird tells us.
NOTE: Sparrow is open for lunch Wed-Fri, dinner Tues-Sat and brunch on weekends. They accept both walk-ins and reservations (book HERE).
Sparrow | 2 Rennell Street, Lewisham, SE13 7HD
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