Sticks’n’Sushi was brought to London by three brothers who sought inspiration from their half Japanese and half Danish background. They fused both cuisines to craft decorative dishes based on a unique combination of sushi and yakitori sticks. With four restaurant locations in prime areas of London, the trendy restaurant looks like it has a positive future ahead.
I visited the Sticks’n’Sushi in Canary Wharf for lunch. The restaurant has a simple layout and serene décor ensuring all the attention is on the food and innovative menu. The restaurant colour palette mainly consists of black, white and a range of (not quite fifty) shades of grey. There are white hanging nets separating some areas of the restaurant and contrasting dark tables complementing the calm theme allowing the colourful food to pop.
The small and stylish menu was particularly memorable. The process of choosing what to have is similar to reading a story book or looking through a photo album of exquisitely presented dishes. Although this does ruin the element of surprise and some of the excitement while you wait for your food to arrive, I liked the unique photo focused menu which makes it quick and easy to choose what to have. For me, the photos added to the excitement because they were a sneak peak of the beautifully presented food we would be served.
Matcha tea: This was interesting. The waitress poured hot water into a black mug/bowl containing green matcha powder and stirred it thoroughly with a wooden utensil that looked like a cross between a whisk and shaving brush. I think you either like this or you don’t. I usually like green tea but this is not something I’d opt for regularly. It was fun to try and finally see what all the fuss surrounding matcha tea is about!
Edamame beans: There was a soy, ginger and garlic sauce drizzled over the edamame which gave the beans a nice kick.
Fried Cauliflower: Delicious. Fried cauliflower with a black truffle and sesame seed sauce. This was recommended to me by a friend and I’m so glad it was. I don’t think I would have ordered this otherwise. Try this if you like truffle. Warning: you may get black truffle sauce all over your lips (I did-oops).
Mixed Yasai Vegetable stick: A selection of vegetables on a yakitori stick including red onion, peppers and mushrooms in a teriyaki sauce. This was good but nothing special. I don’t think I’d get this again.
Grilled King Oyster Mushroom stick: Very good. I preferred this stick to the yasai vegetable one because of the tasty miso herb butter and soy sauce. It was more flavoursome.
Hosomaki Avocado sushi: The six small sushi pieces had a nori coating and were stylishly presented on a matte dark grey tile accompanied with wasabi and ginger. I’m not a big sushi fan but I really enjoyed this. This may be because I prefer this type of smaller sushi pieces.
Overall a fun restaurant to try with a unique menu of chic food that looks like it should be on a runway. Excellent service. Limited vegetarian options but I was happy with what I had in terms of taste and presentation.
It is pricey so this won’t be a regular lunch spot but definitely a nice place to try for a special occasion. The sharing menus options looked amazing and would be a great way to taste a selection of the restaurants specialties. The ‘Green Keeper’ menu (£21.00) is a good option to try a selection of the vegetarian dishes.
There is also a breakfast menu (Sushi’n’Sunrise) available at the Canary Wharf restaurant.
Reservations: We phoned directly to book. You can also book online via bookatable.
Location: Cross Rail, Canary Wharf. Other locations: Covent Garden, Wimbledon, Greenwich.
Perfect for: A treat or special occasion, date night, dinner with friends/family.