Capped the week off with my first ever experience with tapas (yes, I’m quite the late bloomer) at the very popular Sparrow Kitchen and Bar. Hopes were high as many, many friends have boasted about the delightful Italian and Spanish inspired food that comes out of this kitchen, and first impressions are looking good.
There is an open window bar at the front of the restaurant overlooking the street where patrons can take in the fresh spring air whilst still enjoying the shade and ambience from inside. N and I opt to sit outside on the second level courtyard overlooking the streets and enjoying the beautiful weather. Our waitress is friendly and helpful whilst informing us of the specials that were on for the day. Easy choice for us really – tapas tasting menu ($55pp) for two and a bottle of sangria to top it off! *rubs hands with glee* Boy, I am excited for what’s to come!
Menu and live Spanish guitarist (Sundays only)
Sangria: Sparrow white win with lemon rum, orange and passionfruit; $20.00
Hervey Bay scallop, basil polenta, guanciale
Perfectly cooked juicy scallop drowned in basil polenta and topped with guanciale (unsmoked Italian bacon) – and drowned in a good way, however I found the polenta a tad too salty for my tastes. N, on the other hand, cleaned this down in no time and found it seasoned to fit her tastes. Heh.
Crab and rocket sandwich
I found this a bit… boring. Would’ve preferred it a whole lot more if the sandwich was slightly toasted to give it some texture and crunch.
Duck donut and porcini salt
Can I say yum?! Loved the duck donut, tender duck meat encassed in a crispy golden batter on the outside with a touch of porcini salt. Tip: team the donut with the salt at the same time, and not salt in mouth first then donut. I learnt that the hard way! >.<
Chicken liver parfait, fig and fennel crostini, pickled walnuts
Also loved the liver parfait. I could just eat that thing by it self, all on my own. Creamy, velvety texture paired with crunchy crostini, sweet fig (jus? reduction?) and pickled chewy soft walnuts. Explosion of textures and flavours in the one hit. This was good. really good. Four dishes down, seven to go! Oh man, why must my stomach disagree with me now? Hmph.
Mini wagyu burger
You can’t go wrong with this burger, the perfectly cooked wagyyu with tomato relish and mayo to pack a punch of flavour! Perfect size too, enough to satisfy ones craving without ever being too much. 😉
Cauliflower croquettes, truffle aioli
Crispy crispy croquette batter which overpowered the cauliflower as I struggled to taste it. The truffle aioli on the other hand was bliss. Creamy goodness… if I wasn’t watching out for my waistline, I would have licked the little pot clean. SHH!
Mussels, peas, saffron cream, toasted bread
I am now in struggle town by the time dish number seven comes out! (four to go, oh mannnn) Juicy fresh mussesl – delightful.
White anchovies, parsley, shallots, thyme croutons
Oh, this was good. Really good. Anchovies are known to be super salty and this was far from it – not even close. Lightly flavoured in olive oil and parsley, the soft anchovie dissolved and melted away, a nice contrast to the crunchy and flavourful thyme croutons.
Time for my second stomach to form, just in time for dessert!
Churros with hazelnut chocolate sauce and Catalana with vanilla madeleines
The churros were ok, I found it slightly thick in the centre and would have preferred if the chocolate sauce more thick and dark. San Churros is still the place to go for churros 😛
Creamy sweet goodness was bestowed upon us with the catalana and madeleines. Spoon after spoon, and catalana no more. <3 A thick syrup sits atop a light, smooth and creamy catalana – resembling a creme caramel without the caramel. 😉 <3
Gingerbread ice cream macarons and rhubarb juice
Finished the meal off with a small scoop of refreshing gingerbread ice cream wedged between two domes of macaron shells, and finally, a vile of rhubarb to cleanse the palate. A very cute touch to end the meal off, almost went into role playing mode with Romeo and Juliet when he drinks the poisonous vile at the end. Heh.
So if you’re feeling like something small, fun and delicious, why not head down to Sparrows and try this cute little bird out? Surely it won’t disappoint!
Sparrow Kitchen and Bar
10 O’Connell Street
North Adelaide SA 5006