There was so much talk of Sticks’n’Sushi, when it opened a London branch in the heart of Covent Garden. It urge me to find out if this Denmark sushi restaurant was as good as the colourful sushi sets displayed their menu.
The London branch is spread over two floors and we took two seats at the sushi bar downstairs. The deco of the restaurant is modern contemporary and if you did not know then you probably would not had thought this place serves Japanese sushi.
We were presented with two menus, one containing varieties of sushi sets and the other was the a la carte menu. I found that ordering from the sushi set was much easier, since it did not require too much thinking.
Before munching on the sushi we started with the Beef Tataki (£9.50) which is like a seared beef but I found it disappointing due to the the texture and the lack of flavour in the beef.
Between two person we selected two sushi sets from the set menu. Each one comes with wasabi and ginger.
– Nigiri (1 gunkan trout, 1 gunkan tuna tartare with quail egg, 1 grilled scallop, 1 sweet shrimp, 1 seared salmon, 1 tuna tataki, 1 seared hamchi, 1 salmon New York, 1 beef)
– Nigiri (1 salmon, 1 tuna, 1 yellowtail, 1 salmon New York, 1 tuna tataki, 1 shrimp, 1 tamago, 1 inari)
– Half portion of Bankrupt which consist of Uramki/inside rolls (1 black Alaska, 1 sparking tuna, 1 mamama mia, 1 dreamy California)
– Futomaki/Big rolls (2 gypsy big)
We finished our meal with dessert which had two pages worth in the menu. I was tempted to go for the dessert platter that is made to share. But decided it did not look interesting enough as it include rice crackers (some thing I have been eating over the last few month when trying to reduce gluten).
Instead we choice the Chocolate fondant (£6.50), which consisted of a mini chocolate fondant with caramel & hazelnut brittle served with peanut ice cream hazelnut brittle.
We also tried the Marcel Chocolate Cake (£6.50) which was served with chiciate tuille & crunchy sugar tossed with vanilla ice cream. Originally I requested to swap vanilla ice cream for green tea ice cream, but we were told it was sold out. A restaurant serving Japanese with no green tea ice cream is like asking “am I in a Japanese restaurant?”.
Both desserts we had was slightly on the disappointing side as it felt like it was just pre-packed dessert but just touched up on presentation.
Sticks’n’Sushi is not what I would refer to as an authentic Japanese restaurant and not London best place for serving sushi. But it will have a large variety of sushi to choose, from tradition to contemporary sushi. I would not come to Sticks’n’Sushi for the traditional sushi, but the contempoary sushi which is less common to find in London restaurant.
In terms of price, as with most restaurants serving sushi it is not cheap as for two person and including two green tea the bill came to just over £40 per person (including service change). This is not my every day dining place. I probably will come here only for a special occassion with a group of friends.
11 Henrietta Street