London Victoria isn’t usually a place I see as being a hub of buzzy restaurants however the (not so newly) developed area of Nova Victoria was alive and kicking on a glorious summers evening. As I arrive at Sticks’n’Sushi the warm staff and casual nature had me chatting to them like an old acquaintance you meet in passing en route somewhere. As we settle into our seats and decide to treat ourselves to a bottle of Viognier which myself and my guest supped as we put the world to rights and, as ever, ignored the incredible menu staring at us from below.
Sticks‘n’Sushi was first founded in 1994 by brothers Jens and Kim Rahbek and Thor Andersen in Copenhagen. The fusion of Danish and Japanese cultures made for an exceptionally unique taste and culinary experience. A household name in Denmark they now have over fifteen restaurants in London, Berlin, Oxford and Cambridge with plans to open many more.
We finally order. The menu is a wide range of your classic sushi and sashimi offerings but there’s always a slight twist making it stand out. There are no starters and mains here, it’s almost a tapas of delights, and first to the table are the Kani Korokke, crab croquettes with a wasabi Caesar dipping sauce. Now, I love me a croquette, but these fancy balls of heaven were incredible. Next up were the Ebi Bites, deep fried shrimp with an aioli-chili-lime combo that melted in the mouth.
More lovely chats with the wait staff who seemed to love working at this restaurant as much as we loved eating there. As they bought more food, we dined on Sushi Maki Rolls, Supreme Soy Charred Broccoli and a couple of the infamous Sticks they have on offer. The Scallop Pancetta mix was incredible as was the sweet potato and coriander.
I left this place with a giant smile on my face. A mixed crowd of families, couples and pals mixed with the welcoming wait staff and glorious food. Sticks’n’Sushi is just the perfect place to dine.
Sticks’n’Sushi – Victoria
3 Sir Simon Milton Square