By Ashley Berriman, September 2015
How freshly-crafted sushi and sizzling yakitori sticks made sticks ‘n’ sushi into a local favourite.
As a Wimbledon resident, the sight of chic Scandinavian design merged with Japanese food is a beautiful and familiar thing. So this month I’ll be sharing the delights of Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, one of my favourite locals which has now also opened its doors to Covent Garden and Greenwich.
Their first restaurant is right in the centre of Wimbledon and is rather attractive with a floor to ceiling glass frontage, open brick walls and minimalistic style. All tables are wrapped in leather, (yes, leather!?!) and include a mix of long benches which are great for larger groups, and smaller tables perfect for a more romantic evening.
As the name suggests, you have two main options on the menu. There’s freshly-crafted sushi and sizzling yakitori sticks, both which are made to order in the open kitchen at the back of the restaurant. The yakitori sticks look especially inviting as they’re cooked over an open fire.
After numerous visits, the best option is of course to order a mix of both. The designers at Sticks ‘n’ Sushi have also kindly made ordering something of an easy task with its glossy picture magazine style menus showcasing what’s on offer. Especially great when you’re new to the concept and have menu option overload.
So what did we try?
Maki De Lux (below)
Sticks. Including: chicken meatballs, scallor in teriyaki, bacon wrapped asparagus, miso marinated black cod and beef with sticks sauce (below)
The Upgrade (below)
Ebi Bites (below)
So what’s my only gripe about this place? Unfortunately the price. For a couple who wish to indulge in a drink or maybe two, you will easily go through £100 and it’s likely that you won’t be full to the brim for that price.
All in all, I think the setting and the quality of food makes it worth the money, but make sure you’ve time to make an evening of it rather than a just a quick dinner for the very best experience.
That said, if you’re reading this before the end of October 2105 you could be in luck as they’re offering a tasting menu as part of ‘London Restaurant Festival 2015’. £23 for a tasting menu and a glass of wine