Updated: May 19, 2020
If you are a long-standing fan of The Apprentice, you may remember April Jackson, a highly ambitious, successful businesswoman (she was also crowned as Miss Jamaica in 2008) from Series 11. Three Little Birds is April Jackson’s South London based restaurant and can be found in the hearts of both Brixton and Clapham.
When a friend suggested we visit Three Little Birds, I was more than happy to oblige. The menu was succinct and intriguing and in today’s climate, it is important to support businesses that reflect the historical fabric of the area. Jamaican food and Brixton are like hand and glove.
My friend and I were seated in an area quite far away from the entrance, upon my request – I don’t have time to be sick!
What kind of visitors would we have been if we didn’t try the signature Three Little Birds Rum Punch? That would have been the equivalent to walking into a friend’s house and not saying hello to their parents. It was full of rum, pomegranate seeds and was garnished with a sprig of thyme. I’m not a cocktail girl, myself – give it to me straight – but I could have happily sipped on a couple more of those. The balance of the alcohol and other ingredients was perfect for me, although my friend stated that theirs needed a bit more of a kick. They enjoyed their second one a lot more more.
Next up, were the Fried Spiced Okra and the Sweet Plantain. Wow…the okra was superb. The crisp on it was perfect along with the blend of spices it was covered in. The sliminess that many people are put off by was minimal. The plantain came doused in what tasted like a sweet syrup infused with alcohol; possibly rum. I would have preferred the plantain without this – perhaps the syrup could have been served in a small jug on the side instead.
Moving on to the Honey-Jerk Salmon with Avocado Puree and Pickle which almost had me on the floor. If you haven’t tried this, you haven’t tried salmon before. The flakiness of the salmon flesh; the crispiness and fragility of the skin…eating it was an experience. The honey-jerk marinade tasted like exactly what it was called.
Just after I thought to myself, ‘Sio, maybe you should stop here’, I decided to disobey the angel on my shoulder. In fact, I shoved her off. The Pumpkin Croquettes had been calling me since I entered and I had to finally answer. Eight balls of deliciousness laying on a bed of vegan dipping cream were delivered to our table in a glass bowl. I could taste nutmeg, and the texture and smell of them reminded me of marzipan. I didn’t even realise this at the time, but what a Halloween-y dish.
Picture three actual little birds. Think of how well they perch on branches and how naturally doing this comes to them. That is the best way I can describe how well the Three Little Birds kitchen balances the savoury and sweet flavours in their dishes. It is also astounding how well the textures of everything are managed and created too.
So, my friend decided to order the Banana Bread with Salted Caramel Sauce and Ice Cream. Guess who decided to jump in? You are reading a blog post written by someone who actually despises bananas with a fiery passion, yet has eaten banana bread three times and has fallen in love every time. What is it about banana bread?
When I say, I wanted to order another for the road and for my Saturday breakfast, I am not joking. I couldn’t taste banana at all and for that I am incredibly thankful. What I did taste was a velvety, deep tasting dessert with a crunchy top. Again, complexity done amazingly well!
I cannot comment on the ice cream as I didn’t try that but the bread was so good by itself that I didn’t feel like I was missing out on too much.
The stand-out dishes for me were definitely the Honey-Jerk Salmon, Fried Spiced Okra and the Banana Bread. Of course, I loved everything but these dishes stole the show.
I encourage you to visit this gorgeous restaurant and indulge in both their cocktails with their stunning food. You have everything to gain (inches) and nothing to lose by visiting.
Don’t be a bore. Visit the website and then make your plans.