Sticks ‘n’ Sushi – now open in Covent Garden!

We went to the launch of Sticks ‘n’ Sushi in Covent Garden. I had heard lots of great things about the branch in Wimbledon from some of my colleagues, so I was keen to see how this newest addition to the chain would compare.

We snacked on Classic Miso Soup and Spicy Edamame Beans whilst we made our menu choices – took longer than we expected as there are so many dishes to choose from and all were asking to be tried. The Ginger and Lemongrass Fizz was refreshing after a long day at work.

First we tucked into Coal Crab, a vivid plate of marine blue rolls with softshell crab – a freshwater crab flavour interspersed with tempura softshell crab.

Next we sampled Duck Ricepaper Rolls – the marinated duck breast was succulent, but brought to life by the coriander and goma dressing.

I loved the Big Chaos, which was like a large ray of sunshine with beautiful flavours from each of the various types of fish complementing each other – and the tempura shrimp was a great way to finish the dish; I enjoyed biting through the crispy exterior into a juicy shrimp before moving onto the array of fish.

The Ebi Tempura Big is packed full of crispy tempura shrimp with the sauce hitting all the five taste senses; but with the option of adding some punchy wasabi (go easy on this, as it can make your eyes water from experience!). Unfortunately, the tails of the shrimps had not got crispy right through and was slightly chewy.

We chose the Yakiniku Steak as we love ribe-eye steak and were keen to try it marinated in Japanese BBQ sauce. We were disappointed as the sweet sauce over-powered the flavour profile of the meat, as well as a some pieces were chewy due to sinue. I think we may have got the kitchen on a bit of an off phase, as they were very busy at some points.

We rounded off the meal with a Four Tasters, an ideal way of trying a selection of desserts especially as we could not decide which ones to get. Our favourites were the Chocolate Fondant with Caramel & Hazelnut Brittle and the Vanilla Creme Brulee.

As our original waitress, pleasant but slightly ditsy, had presumably forgotten to order our cocktails (which we had requested long before our mains arrived), another waitress quickly resolved the issue by fetching a Raspberry Mojito and a Japanese Old Fashioned. The Raspberry Mojito was well made, but the Japanese Old Fashioned with the addition of orange juice and the citrusy yuzu made it too sweet and detracted too far from the traditional Old Fashioned in my opinion – a nice idea though.

Overall, we had a nice time sampling very colourful dishes and good service. If you live or work near Wimbledon, they have a location not far from the station; or you may feel like combining a short break with visiting the original branch in Denmark. Enjoy!

Twitter: @sticksnsushi_UK

http://sticksnsushi.com/restaurants/covent_garden.html

COVENT GARDEN

11 Henrietta Street (map)

London

WC2E 8PY

Phone 020 3141 8810

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International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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6 Responses to Sticks ‘n’ Sushi – now open in Covent Garden!

  1. lemanshots says:

    Thank you for the information. Will be there in Januar…. 🙂

    • goantolondon says:

      You are welcome. Hope you enjoy when you visit London. Sorry for the delayed reply, we have just returned from our travels in North India.

      • lemanshots says:

        We had a great trip to London and will be there again in May… 😉

      • goantolondon says:

        Glad to hear that you had an enjoyable trip to London, and found our post on Sticks ‘n’ Sushi useful. Let us know when you will be around in London next, as we could meet up if you would like – and it should be warmer then; hating this cold, wet weather at moment. 🙂 Btw, a very cool blog! See you in London again soon.

      • lemanshots says:

        Hi!

        That’s a good idea! Would be great to meet you and to spend some time together! 🙂

        We will come to London on May 16 but we’ll give you a mail shortly before we arrive…

        With warm regards,

        Josephine.

      • goantolondon says:

        Looking forward to welcoming you back to London in May!
        Hope your week is going ok and see you soon,
        Jason & Chiara

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