Sticks’n’Sushi officially opens it doors to the area of Greenwich today (31st January 2015). I got the opportunity to go to their preview launch at their new branch, which is only a few minutes walk from Cutty Sark DLR station.
This is their third branch in the UK, after bringing their first branch from Denmark to Wimbledon in 2012. Then 2013 they brought it to the heart of London capital, Covent Garden. The group brings modern contemporary Japanese that focus of yakitori sticks and sushi, with a modern twist to Japanese cuisine.
The Greenwich branch is smaller than the Covent Garden branch, but it still has that modern contemporary decor. The menu is still the colourful picture book, which is beautiful but the layout can be confusing in what to order. But I was glad to have friendly and helpful staff to guide us through the menu.
What I discovered this time that I didn’t pick out at my visit at Covent Garden is their range of cocktails. The restaurant serves a range of interesting cocktails with Japanese twist to them.
Nippon 75 (£8.59) consisted of a mixed of shisho shochu, elderflower and prosecco. This was the one cocktails we tried with the strongest alcohol flavour from the shisho shochu.
Dragon Heart (£9) was the cocktail that surprised me with the ingredients of soy milk, avocado, honey and Japanese spirits, because I thought it might come served as a thick milkshake. But actually it was light, thin and creamy in texture. This is one I recommend to be brave to try, because you might just be like me and fall in love with it.
Hotaru (£8.50) is a rum based cocktail mixed with passion fruit and apple. This is a nice refreshing cocktail with a hint of rum flavour which easy to drink due to the combination of its flavours.
We started our meal with the spicy miso soup that is a twist to the classic miso soup. It consisted of grilled salmon, tofu, kimchi, seaweed and fresh chilli.
This was followed by the soy cured salmon (£7.80) served with onion, shitake, dill and mustard dressing. Although the dish looks simple, it had a nice combination of flavours that bring some thing different to a plain salmon sashimi.
There are a range of sushi rolls on the menu but when you visit Stick’n’Sushi I recommend trying from the Kaburimaki, Uramaki section and some of the less traditional nigiri.
We ordered two different Kaburimaki and one of the Uramaki to try on the night.
Black Cod Dragon Roll (£12.50) – Miso marinated black cod, avocado, cream cheese & tsume soy, rolled in sesame.
Hell’s Kitchen Roll (£13.50) – tempura prawn with avocado topped with tuna, spicy and barbecue sauce.
Rainbow Roll (£14) – shrimps with Japanese mayo, and snow pea topped with salmon, tuna, hamachi & shrimp.
We also tried a variety of yakitori or sticks as they call it at Sticks’n’Sushi.
– Rib-eye beef with Japanese barbecues marinade
– Miso marinated black cod
– Scallops wrapped in smoked bacon served with miso herb butter
– Panko Breaded duck with wasabi caesar dressing
My favourite stick we tried that evening has to be the rib-eye beef as it was nicely cooked and went well with the Japanese barbecues marinades. The breaded duck was ordinary with out any dressing, but once you dip it with the dressing it made this stick become special.
To finish the meal we tried a few of Sticks’n’Sushi dessert.
– Coconut cake, had an unexpected a liquid passionfruit centre which combine well with the cake.
– Marcel chocolate cake with crystallised white chocolate – I thought this was nicer then the one I had in Covent Garden branch. This was a soft moist chocolate cake with a mixture of chocolate mousse texture.
– Crumble with yuzu curd & meringue – This was the sweetest dessert we had but has a refreshing and citrus flavour from the yuzu.
– Coffee creme brûlée – This is one for coffee lover as you can taste the coffee in the creme brûlée. It makes a boring creme brûlée more interesting and definitely one of the dessert I would recommend on the menu.
Sticks’n’Sushi is a nice place to go with friends to have a glass of cocktail with a few sticks and pieces of sushi. But do take care to not over order as you will find a big hole in you wallet.
My previous review of Sticks’n’Sushi Covent Garden branch can be found on this link – https://chechemui.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/sticknsushi
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