Former St John chefs to open first restaurant Sparrow

By Sophie Witts contact

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St John chefs open Sparrow Lewisham

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Two former St John chefs are to open their first restaurant, Sparrow, in London later this month.

Husband and wife team Terry Blake and Yohini Nandakumar will launch the restaurant in Lewisham on 28 March.

Sparrow’s diverse menu will use British meat and vegetables to create flavours from around the world, influenced by Blake’s background cooking at BAO in London and Saffron in New Zealand, plus his wife’s stages at The Square and her Sri Lankan Heritage.

Dishes will include sharing plates such as roast pork belly spiked with harissa; malt duck with chilli jam; and desserts such as condensed milk ice-cream affrogato; and nutmeg custard tart. 

Sparrow will open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday and for brunch at the weekend, with a menu of coconut pancakes and peanut caramel; and appam – a Sri Lankan pancake made from fermented rice batter.

“We chose the name Sparrow because it reflects the kind of food that we make, like a sparrow we aren’t specific to a place or country,” says Nandakumar.

“One week we might put a classic Italian dish on the menu and other times we’ll make a crunchy malay-style salad with whatever is in season.”

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