Sticks'n'Sushi

Restaurants, Japanese Covent Garden
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A Covent Garden branch of the Danish sushi and yakitori chain.

Sticks ’n’ Sushi is an uber-chic Danish sushi chain with a whopping 133 pictures on its equally stylish menu, each more beautifully composed than the last. And the decor at this, its Covent Garden branch, is almost as photogenic: all exposed brick and dark wood panelling, the ground floor is spacious and high-ceilinged, with sleek bar seating downstairs.

But does the food here taste as good as everything looks? Well… the yakitori (that’s the ‘sticks’ part) really does. A miso-marinated black cod skewer came wonderfully sticky and sweet on the outside, falling from the stick in succulent flakes. There was also a lovely, delicate dish of fried artichoke. The sushi, though, was a little disappointing. Prawn maki came filled with bland, soggy tempura; the sashimi was fridge-cold. If you go here, you might want to stick to the superb sticks. You’ll also want to steal one of those menus. That I promise.

By: Kitty Drake

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Venue name: Sticks'n'Sushi
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Address: 11 Henrietta Street
London
WC2E 8PY
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden or Leicester Square tube
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £110.
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Debbie H
tastemaker

Having recently come back from Japan, I needed a good sushi fix and this place did not disappoint! As I walked in I couldnt believe how huge it is inside and how every table was filled - make sure you book! Feeling very hungry and wanting to try both the sticks and the sushi, my friend and I ordered the Perfect Day Platter which is a mixture of both as well as some extras such as Edamame and Crab Croquettes with Wasabi Caesar. The croquettes were one of the best things I have eaten in a while and ridicuously tasty! I had to stop the waitress taking the empty bowl as I wanted to keep dipping things in it. The platter was HUGE and we did have to leave some at the end so if you arent too hungry this isnt for you! It comes with a chicken stick with chili, teriyaki and spring onion dip, a lamb one with miso herb butter, and a stick of cheese wrapped in bacon. My favourite was the lamb which was very tender and beautifully grilled. You also get a selection of Maki, Tataki and Nigri all of which were very yummy. The sake was a bit overpriced but that was my only complaint really. Definitely worth a visit!

Priya K
tastemaker

One of my all time favourite sushi places in London! I had heard raved reviews from friends about Sticks n Sushi, so one day I booked myself a table and ventured off to food heaven! The concept is quite cool, they offer sticks or sushi. I ordered quite a bit of food. I loved the sticks, although the Ramuyaki was my least favourite, it almost tasted off and miso herb butter just didn't go well with it. I loved the Saba Yaki, Momo Chili and Hotate Bacon, those were my ultimate winners. In regards to sushi, its definitely worth your monies, you get a lot on the plate and it all looks tantalisingly yummy. My favourites were Eringi nigri, tomorokoshi gunkan, Ebi hot Hosomaki, and Gypsy Roll. I then thought I'd be brave and got a few bites, spicy miso soup and Hotate ceviche. I was literally blown away because it was a lot of food and once the bill came, I had to gasp for air! But it was a wonderful eating experience, and what I didn't finish I got to take home :) 


From the food, to drinks to service, it was all top notch, I'd definitely be going back for more :)

LeeLee
tastemaker

To celebrate the end of our undergraduate degree, my friend and I had lunch at Sticks ‘n’ Sushi. We had just finished our exam in the morning and so we were quite hungry by the time we arrived at the restaurant. Who would have thought that a 2 hour exam could make two 5″1 girls so hungry??


We were seated immediately as we had a reservation and our waiter was helpful in offering his recommendations and assistance in explaining anything on the menu. We were happy to explore the menu ourselves so got right down to it once seated.


Between the two of us, we had the following:

  1. Kani Korokke – We shared this as a starter because it looked the most enticing and we actually both mentioned it at the same time. That’s when you know you’re on the same wavelength! They were great because the exterior was crunchy from the batter and being deep-fried while the filling inside was soft and creamy. It went really well with the equally creamy wasabi dressing underneath. They came out fresh and warm, contrasted against the cool dressing was perfection! Each korokke was practically bite-size so it was a good shout as a starter to ease us into our main that we shared.
  2. Mini Maki Maki – Upon our waiter’s suggestion, we went for this because it allowed us to try 4 different types of maki rolls at a reasonable price. The first was the Salmon Ceviche. A pretty typical combination with avocado and cucumber but made fusion with the addition of raw red onion, lime, and coriander. The second was Hell’s Kitchen. This included shrimp tempura and tuna on the inside, avocado on the exterior and marinated with BBQ sauce. This was surprisingly good too! I’m normally not a fan of Japanese fusion food but this was an exception. The third was Ebi Panko. More shrimp tempura stuffed inside the maki roll but this time topped with avocado and spicy sauce. This was really good too because the spicy sauce added a genuine kick to each bite. The fourth and final type was Shake Aioli. The outside was wrapped with seared salmon and topped with roe while the inside was stuffed with avocado and cucumber and drizzled with the aioli sauce. I really liked this too because the sauce seemed to have a mango taste, which I didn’t realise went so well with salmon!

As for drinks, I went for a simple glass of Prosecco because I figured our food would have sufficient flavours coming through. It was a lovely dry variety but actually not too dry, as it was easy to drink and to enjoy. However, our drinks did take quite a while to get to our table despite us ordering it immediately after our starter and main.\


The service was pretty average, nothing spectacular other than our helpful waiter. It was quick and easy to pay by card at the end and the bathrooms downstairs were amazing! They smelled very fresh, with a lemongrass scent and the soap and hand lotion to match. I also noticed that at the beginning of our meal, we were presented with hand towels to wipe our hands in case we wanted to eat our sushi with our hands. These too were lemongrass scented, which is really calming. 

Emily W

My faith was restored in London restaurants when I saw on the Sticks 'n' Sushi website that you can actually BOOK A TABLE HERE...Sushi fans rejoice! Sticks 'n' Sushi offers a huge range of sushi in all forms, as well as 'sticks' of meat, fish, vegetarian options, rice, and a selection of delicious sauces for drizzling and dipping. If you are on a budget I would suggest choosing wisely as you can easily rack up a hefty bill if you aren't careful. We went for 2 types of sushi to share and two sticks each and this was sufficient, washed down by a large glass of house white. The sushi here is fresh and made on site, and is some of the best in the city. The interior poses a very cool and relaxed vibe, making it a good spot for an after work dinner or a weekend lunch. 

Rose L

Delicious sushi, and some delicious sticks - some are a bit bland. Great atmosphere if you are after central London trendiness. Although it feels reasonably special it is expensive.

Clare W

I've wanted to come here for a long time after hearing good reviews from multiple sources, so my expectations were set high. 


Word clearly got out, as it was completely full for the entirety of our time there on a Tuesday night. After waiting a little longer than expected for our reserved table, we were seated and presented with a photo album, and that's exactly what it is, a little book showcasing every item from their extensive kitchen.


Some people think photos on menus automatically make a restaurant tacky and downgrade, but not here. In fact, I almost wish there weren't photos of the food because it all looks delicious and it makes it almost impossible to choose. Unfortunately a menu of this size means you can't order one of everything (as much as I tried to convince our table to do so).


For those as indecisive (or greedy) as myself you'll be pleased to know that they offer multiple tasting dishes in addition to their à la carte, so your decisions are easily made for you and you can choose a great selection of both sticks and/or sushi, with choices for all group sizes.


Their name didn’t let them down. Both sticks and sushi were delicious, with special note to anything on their menu that’s wrapped in bacon.


The restaurant itself has a Tardis feel to it, surprisingly bigger on the inside and sporting a whole floor downstairs with additional tables that allow you to sit in front of their busy kitchen.


It won't be the cheapest meal you have out, but I like to think the overall experience is worth that little bit extra, so I would pass on the recommendation that led me here.


Tastemaker tip: This place should be renamed Sticks n Sushi n Cocktails. They have a great selection and the ones we ordered were very moreish, so definitely worth a try if you're prepared for a slightly sore head the next day.

Ladyvp
Tastemaker

So this place offers sticks of meat or sushi to order as much as you like. I like the concept but it can easily get expensive and the restaurant itself was not classy enough to get away with these prices. I thought if you were going to go premium have a waitress that treats your guests like they are minimally educated ("the waitress explained each japanese term she said was probably told to say during her training). 


I went for the duck and friends plate which was good- however could easily be a box from itsu for around half the price. 


They had a nice sparkling sake which I love. So was happy they offered that. Its a standard chain- nothing glamorous. Even though it is trying to be. 

Dee
Tastemaker

I've found this place very highly overrated; with not very special but overpriced sushi.. I guess what you're paying for is a somewhat trendy setting in a touristy neighborhood. 

Tiago Almeida
Tastemaker

I love Sushi (who doesn't?) and a friend recommended this place.


Really cool decoration, a lot of choices and friendly staff.


It's not cheap but it's not expensive, it's right there in the middle.

Very enjoyable and for sure I'll go back soon. :)

Vajeeha

Possibly the best tasting sushi experience I've ever had *queue Drake song reference*
The decor is so cool, like posh trendy cool (is that possible) and the price is a bit dear yet so worth it. The staff are extremely helpful too as it can be quite a struggle in finding the right dish for yourself considering the immense choice. I'm likely to spend my next pay day right here again

London Foodie Mama

Stylish chic venue to take a date or a girls night out, however during the day, becomes casual and you can un-embarrassingly take a baby. Mouthwatering dishes although the sushi and small plates are better than the sticks.