21 August 2014

Sticks 'N' Sushi

11 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8PS

£41.00 Japanese Covent Garden
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  • Wine: £18.50
  • Champagne: £45.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-10pm (Wed-Sat -11pm)

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Like its Wimbledon sibling, this branch of the groovy Copenhagen-based chain mixes arty minimalist surrounds – think sculptural lights, designer furniture and bare brickwork – with a sophisticated version of Japanese eating that promotes sushi for those who don’t necessarily like raw fish. A beautifully illustrated menu makes its point with pics of asparagus and ham yakitori (‘sticks’) or signature beef tataki alongside jewel-like sushi sharing platters. The results are intended to look good on the plate and flavours don’t disappoint either: witness skewers of melting miso-marinated black cod and subtly spiced ‘coal crab’ futomaki with crunchy softshell crab, black rice and sweet unagi sauce. Well-chosen wines, saké and stylish Asian cocktails lend support; while pretty deserts such as lemon yuzu meringue make clever use of exotic ingredients. Tailor-made for some chic refuelling; also offers takeaway.

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  1. I’ve been to Sticks’n’Sushi in Covent Garden before, back in November 2013 when it first opened and had a fantastic lunch. This time, it was for dinner and I was with 2 dining companions. It was just after 5:30pm on a mid-week evening and the place was already filling up quickly. Word has definitely gotten out that this is one of the top restaurants in Covent Garden, so reservations are recommended. They serve some of the best sushi around and whilst it can be relatively expensive to eat there, the superior quality of the food definitely justifies the price...
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  2. Published : Sunday, 16th March 2014

    The Little Brown Book :: Sticks

    Serious Sushi!Welcomed by an array of Danish greetings, smiling faces and swooping sushi laden plates, I tumbled into Sticks 'n' Sushi with a protesting stomach and high hopes. Get on the phone and book a table right away, this fantastic spot is quickly becoming the talk of the town.The room extended up, down, forwards and backwards with tables of all shapes and sizes nestled between a good old bit of brickwork and wooden panelling.On my list as soon as I heard about its opening, I was determined to test this new sushi joint for myself. I’m never one to say no to sushi and luckily I found a similar mind in Becks of The Not So Secret Diary. It always puts a spring in my step when I find a new partner in crime, and this was no different. Becks and I have recently(ish) embarked on an incredibly exciting foodie related project that I will divulge ever so soon. I know it will be of interest to lots of you out there so perch on the edge of your seats for now and enjoy the spot-lit wall. Oo what a wall!Back at our table we were presented with the menus. I have recently accepted my love of puns. However, I am a little distressed to admit this since I have always been pretty confident it was a pleasure was reserved solely for dads. I was wrong. This one made me smile.Upon opening the menus, it was very much a 'Houston we have a problem' situation. Overwhelming is a serious understatement and our jaws dropped at the sheer enormity of choice. This posed a number of dilemmas. - Firstly, our combined decision making ability evaporated (if it had ever really existed in the first place) and we were confronted with some of the most attractive photographs of food I have encountered in a while. Secondly, our simultaneous announcements of ‘yeah, I eat anything’ which at any other time would inspire delight from chefs, dates and, well most sensible people, did not work in our favour. Basically, everything looked incredible and we wanted it all. We decided to have it all. Luckily, help was at hand and we chose a special selection of all the favourites and waited gleefully for our feast to arrive. After enjoying our leathery non-stick table and hearing a virtual drumroll, the sushi laden plates arrived in all their glory. First up were crispy duck rolls wrapped in slivers of cucumber and rice pancakes. Phwoar.Next to be placed infront of the two droolers was the sushi platter. Double phwoar! California rolls, spicy tuna rolls, sashimi, salmon rolls..sweet mother of..yum.In our excitement, we forgot about the sticks. How could we have forgotten about the sticks? Half of the restaurant's namesake! Anyway, here they are, juicy, sticky and absolutely mouth watering.Downstairs was were the magic began. The chefs rolls and fried and squished and stirred and steamed. We thank you, you lovely creatures! What a fabulous meal. Back for more in no time!  Our indulgence led to a little after dinner tipple too. A brave shout by my standards in choosing the old chocolate fashioned. Somehow it was only when it arrived that I realised I'd been a little blinded by the 'chocolate' element and neglected to appreciate what it was I had actually ordered. Well, I like whisky now apparently! 
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  3. Published : Monday, 27th January 2014

    S.W. Foodie :: Sticks N Sushi - Denmark

    Sticks n Sushi has now confirmed its top sushi spot after a second visit for lunch. The restaurant from the outside is super sleek - so much so you may miss it and the interior is stunning... I was sold on first glance... That's before we've even started on the food. I have been lucky enough to bag a 'walk in' table twice now however it is almost certainly best to not hedge your bets and make a booking (or go early doors). Once seated you are presented with two food menus, one a la carte and another made up of set menu's for one or more people. It's obvious that there's pride in what they do purely from the food photography... tummies rumbling yet?...
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  4. Published : Friday, 10th January 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Sticks n Sushi, Covent Garden

    After the success of their first UK restaurant in Wimbledon, they’ve opened another Sticks n Sushi in Covent Garden. It originates from Denmark (where they have quite a few in Copenhagen) and if all goes well, I imagine that’s the plan for over here. As it recently opened, I was kindly invited down to try it out. It was a deceptively large space; the restaurant had two entrances on different streets. The ground floor dining room felt sexy; it was dark and industrial with exposed brick walls. The one-armed armchairs were really comfy too. Downstairs in the basement there was a brighter sushi bar overlooking the narrow, busy kitchen...
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  5. Published : Sunday, 5th January 2014

    londonfoodaholic :: REVIEW: Sticks

    It's my second time visiting this restaurant now, and one which, for a small chain i really do love. The Sticks ‘n’ Sushi concept was first conceived in Denmark. Founded 18 years ago by two brothers, Jens and Kim Rahbek, and Thor Anderson. The three brothers come from a Japanese/Danish background and somehow thought up the idea of fusing the two cuisines together. There are now ten Sticks 'n' Sushi restaurants in Copenhagen and two in London – one located in Wimbledon, the other in the heart of Covent Garden's Theatreland...
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  6. Published : Friday, 8th November 2013

    Frenchy love food :: STICKS

    Yesterday I went to the soft opening of the new branch of Sticks'N'Sushi near Covent Garden on Henrietta Street. Sticks'N'Sushi officially opens tomorrow. The restaurant is decorated with modern furniture, tables are covered by leather which gives a chic atmosphere...
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