Location: 2 Rennell Street, Lewisham, London SE13 7HD
Sparrow is a small restaurant in Lewisham and they are a fantastic addition to the South-East London food scene. Nestled in the unlikely location of the edge of the multi lane A2, it is the last place you would expect to find top quality cuisine. It is run by a husband and wife duo, who have really mastered fusion cooking. The dishes clearly have a South East Asian influence but the food is a good mix of many international cooking styles.
The food is mainly small plates made to share and every dish is perfectly cooked. We particularly enjoyed the grilled mackerel with tamarind sauce, a combination I would not have made myself but which turned out surprisingly well! The green risotto was delightful, flavoured with fresh herbs and topped with toasted pine nuts. The Burrata was also a highlight, served with fried courgettes. I would have been happy with every course if it was served in a Michelin starred restaurant, my only criticism is that the flow of the different dishes didn’t work so well. Going from an Italian style herby risotto straight to a spicy mackerel curry is a bit much! Still incredibly enjoyable though.
The wine is all great and not overly expensive, we had an Italian white but the name escapes me, they also do excellent cocktails. The only drink I wasn’t a fan of was the condensed milk ice cream affogato, but I think that was more down to my own taste rather than the quality of the drink.
The service was impeccable, fast and the staff were very knowledgable about the menu options. Claire was running late and the waiter kept chatting with me as I think he thought I may have been on a first date and had been spurned! A nice touch but fortunately that was not the case.
The restaurant space itself has low lighting, industrial style fittings and a laid back vibe. It is so well done that you completely forget about the perpetual traffic jam just outside the front door.
This place is a little on the expensive side for Lewisham, but still good value for what you get. We paid about £80 a head, including tip but we will definitely be coming back again.