When I visited: July 2015 and April 2017
Location: London, near Greenwich (also other branches)
Rating in the Michelin Guide: Not rated
What to wear: Could go casual
Ambience: Dark and cool section, low hanging lights in lighter bit near kitchen
Course of the meal: Coal crab and avocado sushi rolls
If I could change one thing: Extend the more comfortable seating section
I was pleased to discover Sticks and Sushi as I am a sushi fan and always like to have good-quality choices that offer a wide range and have a few branches dotted around. The Greenwich branch has a dark, cool-looking section for bigger tables, but if there are only two of you you get led to the lighter section with low-hanging lights.
There is a very extensive menu including some set combinations, a huge a la carte selection with meat, fish and salads. The restaurant markets itself as a sushi restaurant even for those who don’t like fish, but there is still plenty of fish on offer, and it is pricey but worth it. The atmosphere is fun and buzzy and some branches also offer a takeaway service. There are also Danish influences, with the waiting staff wearing T shirts with Danish and English-translated words.
On my first visit, I went with my partner Owl and we had the a la carte dinner option. We started with cocktails – a Yuzu Zoo and a Keroppi (cucumber and gin) – which were very refreshing. We had edamame beans with salt and lemon (chilled), coal crab sushi rolls with avocado (which were particularly tasty), tuna tartare, soy cured salmon (gravadlax) which was like sashimi, and skewers (beef with miso butter, and scallops with teriyaki glaze) and this was plenty for two people. We also shared the ‘Sweets dark’ – 4 small desserts (dark chocolate and peppermint fondant, creme brûlée, coconut chocolate cake and black sesame ice cream with sesame water, which is one of those things that looks weird but tastes delicious).
We finished with jasmine pearl green tea and were also given toothpicks – one of the minor but important things I liked about this restaurant was the provision of cold towels with the starters and toothpicks at the end, which I often wish were provided in the bathrooms of nice restaurants but never are.
More recently, we turned up on one of the hottest days of spring and were able to walk in for a late lunch. We picked out similar a la carte choices to on our last visit (tuna tartare, salmon sashimi, edamame beans and California maki) and also enjoyed a green juice and a ‘red’ juice (featuring that most divisive of vegetables, beetroot). Everything was delicious and my partner Owl’s yuzu sorbet was outstanding.