Bravo TV Best New Restaurant List – Little Sparrow brings Spring flavors to Downtown Santa Ana
The French-New American Bistro boasts seasonal fare as Little Sparrow Executive Chef Eric Samaniego creates an eclectic menu inspired by both iconic and non-traditional, seasonal ingredients using French and Californian cooking styles, complemented with influences of Japan, Mexico and the Mediterranean.
“When I think of cooking in the spring I envision bright colors and freshness, but still having some rich and bold flavors that are carried over from the winter months. For example one of my new seafood dishes uses cod, which is dense and flakey but served with a fragrant saffron broth to balance the dish,” explains Chef Samaniego.
Grilled Prawns: Cilantro, carrots, and salsa verde
Farro Salad: 5:10 egg and mushrooms
X.O. Mussels: Mussels, ginger, shallots, and xo sauce
Pici with Braised Lamb Neck: Handmade pici, braised lamb neck, black kale, and Calabrian chili
Roasted Pacific Cod: Tomato jam, mustard greens, and saffron broth
Spring brunch menu highlights include:
Kimchee Fried Rice: Gochujang grilled pork belly, Napa cabbage, carrots, haricot vert, and eggs
Banana Foster Pancakes: Served with fresh whipped cream and maple syrup
Avocado Toast: Grilled bread, chicken liver, yuzu kosho, and white soy
Little Sparrow, which has already received numerous awards and accolades in Southern California, recently earned the recognition of being featured on Bravo TV Network’s culinary competition series, “Best New Restaurant,” hosted by acclaimed Chef Tom Colicchio and executive produced by restaurateur and TV personality, Gordon Ramsay.
One of sixteen award-winning restaurants chosen across the country, the French-New American bistro stands tall as the only Orange County based competitor. With fellow judges, BlackboardEats.com CEO Maggie Nemser and Witchcraft restaurant co-founder Jeffrey Zurofsky by his side, Tom Colicchio evaluated each restaurant on the dishes that were served and also on the decor, hospitality and overall concept during the course of food competitions, obstacles and of course, hidden cameras.
300 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA
ABOUT LITTLE SPARROW:
Nightly dinner and Sunday brunch are served in a lively neighborhood setting, comprised of high ceilings, exposed ducts, bistro chairs, inviting banquettes and touches of artwork and colorful accents throughout. Little Sparrow offers late-night happy hour after 10 p.m. and half-off all bottles of wine every Wednesday.
Among being chosen to be on of the sixteen restaurants to compete for BravoTV’s “Best New Restaurant,” Little Sparrow has won “Restaurant Of The Year” and “Pastry Chef Of The Year” from Brad Johnson of the OC Register and “Restaurant Of The Year” from Orange Coast Magazine.