This Danish-based chain has established itself as one of London’s most popular sushi places since arriving in Wimbledon in 2012, so it came as no surprise when it was announced that a ninth Sticks ‘n’ Sushi would be opening in Soho.
Sticks ‘n’ Sushi was born when brothers Jens and Kim Rahbek decided to take inspiration from their half-Japanese, half-Danish background and combine the two traditional culinary elements of yakitori (sticks) and sushi. That non-traditional approach has been key to the brand’s success – in the brother’s own words, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi is ‘a sushi restaurant even for those who don’t like fish’.
Not that you won’t find some of the freshest fish possible here. From California rolls to maki and nigiri, you’ll find an extensive list of sushi here, with an emphasis on sustainability – for example, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi has reduced the amount of tuna its uses.
From the sticks section of the menu, choose form the likes of gyu habu beef with miso herb butter, kushi katzu duck breast with panko and wasabi Caesar, or the tsukune chicken meatballs with teriyaki.
If you’re new to the concept or you just can’t make up your mind, yakitori selections make ordering easy, as do sushi platters which make the restaurant a top shout for sharing food with friends. Good-value kids’ menus, meanwhile, mean this is a great place to introduce children to Japanese food.
It’s not just about the yakitori and sushi, though. There’s a selection of sashimi for fish purists while if you’re steering clear of the carbs, a range of colourful salads comes in fish and vegetarian versions and, like the rest of the food, is beautifully presented for your social media feed.
Another plus of the combination of Japanese and Danish aesthetics is that the clean-lined surroundings look just as good as what’s on the plate. We have a feeling that this won’t be the last Sticks’n’Sushi to open in London.