Sticks 'n' Sushi almost needs no introduction, but we'll give it one anyway. After launching in 1994 with a unique concept which brought the Japanese and Danish heritages of its co-founders together, it has since become a hospitality giant with 12 restaurants in Copenhagen, as well as eight in London and various others around Europe.
And so, it was only a matter of time until the brand opened in Shoreditch, one of London's hippest areas, already well known for its food scene and pop-up restaurants. Here, Sticks 'n' Sushi has recreated its signature brand of 'Japandi' style, with effortlessly chic, soothing decor featuring a central bar, amber-hued lighting and minimalist black seating. The vibe is very much relaxed and a sleek haven from the hustle and bustle on the streets outside.
Those who know the area will note its position on Shoreditch High Street is ideal; just a hop, skip and a jump away from the overground, with the boutiques of Redchurch Street and Shoreditch House all close by. Its location makes it the perfect place for after work drinks or dinner, as well as a buzzy weekend spot.
When it comes to the food, the open kitchen is visible from the restaurant and not only involves diners with the masterful creations at work, but adds a little drama to the space. On the menu, you'll find lots of your favourite Sticks 'n' Sushi dishes. If you're all in for the sushi, the House Maki are legendary. Try the Black Cod Maki with grilled buttery black cod, crispy Jerusalem artichoke chips and marinated red onion or the Maguro Tempura with tempura prawn, tuna, spicy sauce, spring onion, masago and chives.
As for Sticks, we like the sound of the Gyu Habu which is beef fillet with miso herb butter, as well as the Buta Yaki with free-range pork and yuzu-miso with sesame. Salads are also heartily packed, especially the Jungle Fish with grilled salmon, shrimp and seared tuna, with quinoa, tomatoes, edamame, avocado, radish, broccoli and sesame.