What’s in a name? Well, if you’re husband and wife team, Terry Blake and Yohini Nandakumar, your restaurant name, Sparrow, reflects the kind of food they want to make, because like a sparrow their new Lewisham restaurant won’t be specific to a place or country.
Opening next Tuesday, the menu will be a homage to the food they love. The couple met when they worked together at St. John’s and they’ll bring together Terry’s experience as a chef at the likes of BAO, Merchant’s Tavern and Amisfield and Saffron in New Zealand; with Yohini’s experiences at Pollen Street Social, The Square, supper clubs and her Sri Lankan heritage to create a menu that will focus on British produce, European cooking techniques and flavours from around the world.
Expect to find the likes of courgette trifolati and roasted spring onion bruschetta; roast pork belly spiked with harissa; glazed ham slices served with home baked sourdough and rhubarb relish and for pudding, salted chocolate caramel tart, nutmeg custard tart and condensed milk ice-cream affrogato. During the week, they’ll be open for dinner only, but come the weekend they’ll be serving brunch with dishes such as eggs benedict, coconut pancakes with peanut caramel and appam – a Sri-Lankan pancake made using a fermented rice batter.
Sparrow’s open kitchen will be the focus of the light, airy restaurant. It’ll be decorated with emerald V & A tiles, sleek wooden worktops, antique tables and chairs and industrial light fittings.
Sparrow: Opens 28th March, 2 Rennell Street, Lewisham, SE13, 7HD, www.sparrowlondon.co.uk