Sticks’n’Sushi is a Copenhagen-based chain that currently runs seven Japanese restaurants in the UK, in addition to the dozen located in its home territory.
The brain child of Danish-Japanese brothers Jens and Kim Rahbek Hansen, and their brother-in-law Thor Andersen, it offers a mix of familiar sushi, sashimi and yakitori dishes with an upmarket European dressing.
Pre-pandemic, TLR paid a visit to the Covent Garden branch. Just off the Covent Garden piazza, the nearest London tube stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.
The decor is crisp and modernistic. The top floor restaurant features a variety of table sizes and shapes, which creates an informal air to its table service. There’s plenty of exposed brickwork, alongside chic wood panelling. It’s atmospheric, without being dingy.
The eatery offers a mix of familiar sushi, sashimi and yakitori dishes with an upmarket European dressing…
Downstairs is a more traditional sushi bar where you can watch sushi chefs at work. It’s a mix of small tables and counter seating. Regardless of where you choose to sit in the restaurant, the choice of meals is exactly the same. We opted for sushi bar seating; the atmosphere is buzzy and noisy, but never raucous. We had no problem holding a conversation.
The menu is extensive and comprises a la carte and set meals. The choice is mouthwatering. Opting for a la carte is inevitably the priciest option. The set meals, which are generous, transpire to very good value.
For example, the Ichi-ban menu serves one and offers edamame, salmon tataki with daikon, shiso and ponzu soy, nigiri sushi tuna, avocado and seared salmon maki, alongside asparagus wrapped bacon Salmon with teriyaki tsukune, and chicken meatballs.
There are plenty of options for small and large parties.
Our group of four ordered the Perfect Day set (ostensibly for three): Salted edamame, followed by crab croquettes with wasabi, an assortment of seared salmon and tuna nigiri, seared tataki salmon, chicken meatballs with teriyaki, salmon with teriyaki and asparagus wrapped bacon. We just about cleaned the entire slate in just over an hour, but still found room for some additional buttery salmon sashimi.
The entire meal was washed down with cold Kirin (the Special Edition Sapporo was off).
Overall, we had a great time at Sticks’n’Sushi, and look forward to a return visit when it opens for business. In the meantime the restaurant serves takeaways and is available via Deliveroo. Highly recommended.