I love all the Christmassy things to do in London such as Winter Wonderland, Kew Gardens Christmas Trail, the pantomimes, the Christmas lights and especially all the pop up ice skating rinks. This year we went back to the one at Canary Wharf which was a great success as it had a cover - essential with the unpredictable English weather. My daughter Arabella suggested we eat at Sticks n Sushi which was quite a surprise as we had taken her to Zuma for my birthday and she had announced the food was better at Subway!!
Sticks n Sushi was founded 22 years ago in Denmark by three half Danish and half Japanese siblings. They serve a combination of traditional sushi and yakitori sticks from the grill using high quality fresh ingredients. It sounded right up our street as I love sushi and my husband Pascal loves yakitori sticks.
We arrived after a strenuous hour ice skating and were shown to a spacious table at the back which suited us perfectly as we had plenty of room for Olympia's pram. The menu is vast and I have to admit I was a little overwhelmed as to what to order. The waiter was extremely helpful and friendly and I have to say there was a great cosy ambiance in the restaurant despite it being pretty big.
Anyway we had some delicious salted edamame beans whilst we decided what to order - it all looked so good.
So the reason Arabella chose this restaurant is because she had been recently and had "rice crispy covered sushi" this actually translates as Ebi Bites which are prawn tempura, miso aioli, chilli, lime and coriander. I was only allowed a couple of them as the little piglet wanted them all to herself and they were excellent - we nearly ordered another portion! I can understand why Arabella was such a fan.
We also had Crispy Ebi sushi rolls which were prawn tempura, avocado, spicy sauce and sesame - these were incredible as well - in fact we ate them so quickly we forgot to take a photo!
My other favourite was the Tuna Tartar with tuna, avocado, goats cheese, pine nuts, soy sesame, cress, spring onion, chives and nori chips. It was AMAZING! I was surprised how well it worked as goats cheese isn't very Japanese but it did. It was better than the tuna tartar at Zuma. Pascal and I were fighting over it.
We had some California rolls which are always a favourite of mine and these didn't disappoint.
Pascal always likes a bit of meat so we had the Beef Tataki with smoked cheese, chives, almonds, Yuzu-Kosho and spicy gamo. These were good but pretty spicy!
Of course we had to have some sashimi so we chose to have the soy cured salmon with marinated red onion, shiitake, dill and miso mustard - this was ok but not my favourite , the fish was fresh but I wasn't mad about the flavours together , it was a bit too much - when I go next time I would substitute this for another tuna tartar.
I did however love the cauliflower served with sesame and black truffle sauce. It made a nice change to have cauliflower and the sauce was subtle yet flavoursome.
Finally we had some yakitori sticks - we ordered a selection called Man Food and it consisted of chicken meatballs, pork belly, chicken with teriyaki, spare ribs, panko duck breast, Emmental cheese and bacon all served with edamame beans, rice and a chilli dip. I mainly ordered these for Pascal but we both enjoyed the meat ones especially the pork belly and the chicken meatballs however neither of us were a fan of the Emmental cheese and bacon - it just did not work with the other flavours. Plus we didn't rate the ribs very highly. We both concluded we preferred the sushi side of the menu.
We could have eaten more but we decided to stop and finish off our meal with Krispy Kreme donuts - my new obsession. Overall we loved Sticks n Sushi and will definitely be back. There are currently restaurants in Wimbledon, Covent Garden, Canary Wharf, Greenwich and Cambridge. I would love them to open one in Fulham! My favourite dishes were the Tuna Tartar and Ebi Bites but I expect there are many more gems on the menu to try.....my new year's resolution might be working my way through it all!
Sticks N Sushi
1 Crossrail Place
Tel: 0203 141 8230