You might remember the name from its prior days of semi-fame in Northbridge. Maybe you've wondered where it went, or maybe you've missed out altogether and never heard about this tiny treasure of our town. Well, the quaint reincarnation lies less than 2km from the old place, now at 301 Lord St, Highgate.
Don't be put off by the security grills on the outside. Walk in and you'll feel more welcome than some of us feel in our own kitchen. Your first impression is likely to be based on Sparrow's customary enthusiastic service. The restaurant may be small but it is big on serving size, value and hospitality. I've felt like a friend of the family from the very first time I visited and the unassuming decor will make you realise that Sparrow is not trying to be anything more than it is.
With the average dish priced around $6.50, you'll easily feed two for under $20 without having to eat like a bird. And that's before they round down the tab to the nearest dollar. It's a refreshing change in the overpriced city we live in. Takeaway orders are usually ready in fewer than 15 minutes even at the busiest times, perfect for last minute dinner decisions.
The menu covers all the staples as well as plenty more to choose from if you're feeling adventurous. Sparrow's food is good and leans towards a home-cooked style. Mie Goreng and Nasi Goreng are what you know and love. Their Beef Rendang is regarded as the best in state. If that's not your pick, you can't go wrong with the Ayam Bakar (chicken with soy sauce), Ikan Balado (fish with capsicum sauce) or Gado Gado (satay steamed vegetables).
You think it doesn't get better? Did I mention its BYO, no corkage? There are plenty of reasons why people will come from far and wide to make Sparrow their local. For good old "cheap and cheerful", it'd be a challenge to find better.
Sparrow is open Monday to Saturday 5pm till 8.30pm.