Sticks ‘n’ Sushi is having quite the expansion. This, their latest, in the Nova Food development in Victoria, is the first of a few more planned UK openings. And you can see why, the sushi is rather lovely.
Based over two floors, we’re seated upstairs with its black arched ceilings. We visit before seeing Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre. If you haven’t seen it and you manage to get tickets, I’d thoroughly recommend it.
An unusual touch is the menus come with pictures of the dishes. It might sound a bit ‘tourist trap naff’ but as it all looks so stunning it actually works.
We go for the Gala set menu (£70 for two people) which is masses of food. We don’t have long before the theatre but they’re super quick at bringing it all out. Edamame in a spicy dressing, beef tataki and little parcels of kataifi pastry-wrapped scallops kick things off.
A bowl of tuna tartare mixed with avocado, sesame seeds, yuzu and miso is moreishly sweet but light with it. The giant nori dusted rice crackers are the perfect scoopers for it all.
Maki sushi rolls contain crisp battered prawns and are wrapped in pleasingly symmetrical strips of avocado. As sushi goes it’s absolutely delicious. Nigiri are topped with salmon, prawn and tuna. Again, faultless.
Skewered lamb chops covered in miso herb butter are the best thing we eat because of the crisp fat. Lamb fat, I love you. Chicken with chilli and teriyaki is sweet and sticky – the little burnt edges are lovely. Panko breadcrumbed duck breast is a bit tough and chewy though, I don’t think it needs the breadcrumbs you know.
We shoot out of there on our merry way to the theatre feeling full and happy. And that’s the good thing about Sticks ‘n’ Sushi – it’s consistently brilliant.
Would we go back? Yes
We dined as guests of the restaurant