Sparrow Eating House has been on my radar for awhile, but it has been hard to visit with it being down the Gold Coast. We took advantage of the summer sunshine by hitting the beach several times last month, and I finally got to check them out.
The area has several cafes and coffee joints, so I was somewhat taken aback by the fine-dining atmosphere Sparrow Eating House had. The glass doors cut out lots of the afternoon sunshine, and lighting inside was warm and dim. Shiny metal geometric light fixtures with exposed light bulbs hung overhead
While there were plenty of intimate tables for two and larger tables for small groups, one could also opt to sit at the long bar as well.
On-street parking was plentiful in the area.
While the service was flawless and quick, I didn’t find it particularly warm or inviting. Perhaps it was because we had rocked in without a reservation and weren’t as well-dressed as the other punters that day.
The cheapest thing on the menu are their Australian Mixed Olives at AUD$6, but olives a meal does not make. Share plates start from AUD$10 (
Share plates start from AUD$10 (Roasted Cauliflower or Tempura Broccoli), and move upwards to AUD$16 (Scallops or Tea Smoked Duck) and AUD$18 (Cold Rare Beef or House Made Gnocchi).
The most expensive share plate is the Sparrow Board at AUD$25, but it is quite a list – cured meats, house made dip, Australian olives, aged cheddar, breads and lavosh.
We ordered several plates to share and every one of those dishes blew our minds. My personal favourite was the spiced calamari, but just by a hair.
The only larger plate we ordered was the Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken served with thin ribbon strips of pickled zucchini and Sriracha. The four pieces of super crunchy chicken had plenty of heat, so we couldn’t share it with the Little Mister. Otherwise it was phenomenal!